It's back to school – is your house ready? time to think about the new school year.
And when you think about how to get your children organized and ready, you can consider doing the same for something else – your home. It will not only be good for you; In many cases, removing clutter also means removing distractions, which can help your children focus better.
Where to start.
You can start wherever you want, but it may be best to make sure your activities are organized before you begin the daunting task of managing all your belongings. With sports and other activities, the school year can be a blur for parents. So keeping a family calendar – whether it's a dry-erase board or just a weekly print on the fridge – will ensure everyone knows where they are going, and when.
Before the children go back
Do not go out to shop back to school yet. First, make an inventory of school supplies, clothing, and shoes so that you do not buy things you do not need. Throw away or donate things that are old, that do not fit, or that your children simply do not like and will not wear anymore. A trick we've seen online: If you go through an entire closet and you're not sure what fits your kids, let them try on pants until you find a good pair. Then use that pair to compare the length of all the other pants.
When they have been given homework
If possible, indicate a study space where your children have the tools they need to succeed. It should be well lit, quiet and free from distractions. Different children have different learning styles, so you will soon find out what works well and what does not.
Now that you've arranged them …
… It's time to focus some energy on your stuff. Eliminate as much clutter from the house as you can, perhaps by following the classic 80/20 theory: 80% of the time, most people use only 20% of their belongings. If the item you are looking at is not in 20%, ask yourself: Do I really need it?
Stay up to date on things
You have a good start in the organizational battle – so keep things rolling! Set aside time to go on a "search and destroy" mission for the mess each week. It's much easier to stay organized when you only need to do a little at a time. And make sure the kids are involved too. Everything – homework, school forms, backpacks – should have a home. And when everything has a home, you will be happier in yours!
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