It’s that time of year again. Whether in person or virtual, kids are going back to school and getting back into the routines of homework, practices and morning alarms. Before kids get any further into the new school year, take some time to organize your home for the school day so each day runs a little more smoothly.
The largest sources of stress and frustration for many families during the school year is the morning rush out the door and the evening time, between homework, practices and dinner. Get ahead of the most challenging times of the day with simple organization upgrades.
First, re-examine your entryway. If the first thing your kids do when walking in the door is shed their jacket, backpack and shoes, create a system to contain the items. Be sure there is a shoe organizer with enough area for each child, hooks or a hang rod for jackets and a space to hold backpacks. Lunchboxes go right to the kitchen to be cleaned for quicker prep the following morning.
A SuiteSymphony system in the entryway closet provides space for jackets, shoes and backpacks.
Next, establish a homework organization process. Start by defining a homework zone. Whether it's the dining room table or a desk, make sure there’s a distraction-free spot for kids to focus on their homework.
A desk should be placed in a distraction-free, quiet environment.
To help prevent chaotic mornings, add a hanging organizer to your child’s closet for an easy way to plan outfits and ensure everything is clean at the start of the week. Designate a day of the week for each cube and keep shoes and accessories nearby to prevent last-minute searches on the way out the door.
Finally, establish a lunchbox system. Keep lunchboxes, thermoses and reusable water bottles in a lower cabinet so older kids can easily access them and prepare the food themselves.
Near the cabinet, designate a drawer for school-approved snacks that can be quickly added to the lunchbox. And finally, set up zones in the fridge for perishable drinks and food. Designated locations also make it easy to see when you’re running low on something.
ClosetMaid’s Single Pull-Out Basket can serve as a catch-all for lunchbox supplies.
Taking a day at the start of the school year to implement simple organization updates can help prevent stressful mornings and messy evenings.
Even though virtual learning usually comes with the benefit of no rushed mornings, organization around the house is still needed to ensure a successful school year. When all learning takes place in the home, it’s easy for supplies to take over every surface.
First, establish a dedicated work site or update your current space. In virtual learning, it’s important to create a distraction-free environment that allows for concentration. Set up a desk in a room or corner that’s removed from the constant traffic in the home and invest in noise-cancelling headphones for your child.
ClosetMaid’s affordable Modular Desk seamlessly blends with any decor style.
Whether your child is studying in school or virtually, a filing system is a necessity to keep stray papers and supplies organized. A cube organizer works great because of its ability to accommodate bins with file folders, books, school supplies and a whiteboard perched on top. Use the whiteboard to plot out important dates or deadlines and color code the items by child. The whiteboard can also be used for math practice, creative time or instruction.
This 12-Cube Organizer has plenty of storage space for papers, folders, school supplies and books.
A bonus feature for a virtual classroom is a separate reading nook. For many students, independent reading is a significant part of their week, so having a comfortable spot to read while changing their environment will help break up the day.
Whether your child is learning virtually or in-person, take the time to set them up for success — and reduce stressful mornings — by making these simple organization updates.
For more tips on back to school organization, read our blog post on 4 steps to creating a homework station.
Ready to prepare for smoother schooldays? Shop for organizational supplies.