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Back to School Organization
Soon our homes
will be filled with the sounds of "Mom, where is my homework?"
As moms everywhere get geared up to battle the Back to School
stress and vow once again to be more organized This year, let
me offer some preventative medicine and time saving tips.
1. Mark the Stuff!
Put your childs
name on the back of everything...most of you probably figured
this one out and already mark the backpack, books & jackets
but what about their shoes? Last year my 7 year old daughter
wore 4 different pairs of shoes home that were not hers and couldnt
figure out why they didnt fit right! I gave up trying to
figure out how that could possibly happen and just started writing
her name on the bottom of the shoes!
2. Notes from Home
A friend of
mine who is an elementary school secretary, spends most of her
morning sorting through a "ga-zillion" unmarked notes
and wads of lunch money. She suggests that before the school
year starts, pre-mark envelopes with your childs name and
grade on it. You may want to get a rubber stamp made up or order
personalized address labels. Get Free
You can use them for lunch money envelopes, identifying books,
returning fieldtrip permission slips, etc.
Parental Release Forms
How many times
are you going to fill out the emergency medical form, you know,
the one required by every school. One for every child. I have
4 children x 13 years of school = 52 times! What a waste of time!
This tip was shared by Anita from Ohio she pointed out that it
can be very tedious looking up address and phone number of the
doctor, dentist, hospital, family friend to call in an emergency,
etc. Do it once, and file photocopys on hand for the next
As the kids
bring home a note about an event, transfer the information to
a Fridge Calendar where everyone in the household can see planned
activities and that is easy to write-on/wipe-off.
Last year I
wanted one that included a notes area that would match my kitchen
so I made my own. Calendars should be made entirely of flexible
magnetic material so it wont slide off when the kids slam
the fridge door!
90% of our
school morning battles take place regarding what to wear. Laying
out clothes the night before helps, but if that hasnt solved
your problem try this idea from Tandy a mom of four. She bought
a 5 compartment sweater hanger for the closet and helps the child
choose the wardrobe for the whole week. Even socks and underwear
get put in each days "cubby" Sunday Afternoon. Ok Moms,
that creates your deadline for getting the laundry all caught
6. File System
for School Papers
for the multitude of papers your kids will be bringing home keep
a three tiered wire basket by their bedroom door, or your kitchen
counter. Teach your kids basic organizational skills by having
them sort through their own backpacks and put papers that need
"To Be Signed" by mom in the top basket, Another basket
is for "Important Stuff Mom Needs" (PTA info., fund-raisers,
school policies, etc.) and a basket for "Art & Awards"
to be used as scrapbooking ideas and keepers. One mom has a Rule
for the top basket, if its not in the top basket by bedtime,
it doesnt get signed that night. This eliminates the last
minute papers waving in moms face as you rush out the door and
gives you a chance to actually READ what you are signing!
Author: © COPYRIGHT RACHEL WEBB