Well, if you have never heard of this phrase please do yourself a favor…say it out loud today, write it down, and then make your whole family repeat it.
With the rush of the new school year fast approaching, now is the time to plan ahead so that our families school year routine can be efficient and easy.
Work, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, caring for pets, caring for the home, laundry, homework, etc. can all be a little overwhelming (especially during this back-to-school month). However, good calendar enforcement and some organization can help make the ease into the upcoming school year a breeze.
Lunch? Are you sending money or putting money onto their accounts or do you need to plan a time when lunch is made so the morning rush isn’t hectic? Dinner? Is a family member in charge of cooking dinner? Is Soccer practice the same day and time as gymnastics? These are all questions that require some consideration before the kids sharpen the pencils and open the textbooks. Set up a family calendar and place it either in the laundry room, garage, back door, or fridge (a place where all family members can check it regularly). Or you can even share a Google Calendar with your entire family on your smart phone.
From the drawers, to the desk, to under the bed: remove, replace or reuse is the concept in this organization process. Take some time with your child to really look at the items in his/her room and decide if it can stay or go. If it stays, find a place for it together. This way, your child will know exactly where to find each item and where to put it back when he or she is finished with it. Hopefully, this helps your child getting ready for school and homework time be more effective. Teach them that you are making room for more items because, as they grow, the contents of their bedroom will increase if you don’t declutter.
And don't forget to take this time to throw out many of the old snacks that have been shoved to the back of your pantry from last year's lunchbox stash. You don't want little hands to grab expired items. Your kids may just know they like the taste but may not be paying attention to those all important "best by" dates. You don't want to start the school year off with sick tummies!
Do you have a routine or certain plans that your family has found extremely beneficial at the beginning of each school year? Please let me hear from you in the comments section below.