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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Organizing Back-To-School Time

Happy Thursday! Are you ready to get organized?

If you are just joining us, we have been getting organized using Jennifer Ford Berry's Organize Now book.  


It has some great info and tips on organizing various parts of our life and home. You can see past posts here:

Week 1 about Organizing Your Mind and Life Vision HERE,
Week 2 about Organizing Your Priorities HERE,
Week 3 about Organizing Your Schedule HERE
Week 4 about Organizing Your Cleaning Schedule HERE.
Week 5 about Organizing Your Personal Information HERE. 
Week 6 about Organizing Your Finances HERE. 
      Week 7 about Organizing Your Bill-paying System HERE.
        Week 8 about Organizing Your Receipts and Taxes HERE
Week 9 about Organizing Your Files HERE
                          Week 10 about Organizing your Magazines and Newspapers HERE.
                                               Week 11 about Organizing Your Email HERE
                                                Week 12 about Organizing Your Mail HERE
                                         Week 13 about Organizing Your Child's Toys HERE.
Week 14 about Organizing Your Crafts HERE.
Week 15 about Organizing Your Photographs HERE.
Week 16 about Organizing Your Purse or Wallet HERE. 
 Week 17 about Organizing Your Vehicle HERE.
                                                  Week 18 about Organizing Your Pet HERE.
Week 19 about Organizing Your Books, CDs and DVDs HERE.
Week 20 about Organizing Your Entryway or Mudroom HERE.
                        Week 21 about Organizing Your Family Room or Living Room HERE.
Week 22 about Organizing Your Kitchen Countertops HERE.
Week 23 about Organizing the Kitchen Cabinets HERE.
Week 24 about Organizing the Pantry HERE. 
Week 25 about Organizing the Refrigerator HERE.
Week 26 about Organizing the recipes HERE.
Week 27 about Organizing the dining room HERE.
Week 28 about Organizing the Laundry Room HERE.
Week 29 about Organizing the Bathroom HERE
Week 30 about Organizing the Medicine Cabinet HERE.
Week 31 about Organizing Your Child's Clothes and Closet HERE.
Week 32 about Organizing Your Child's Memorabilia HERE.
Week 33 about Organizing Your Child's Bedroom HERE.
Week 34 about Organizing Your Bedroom Closet HERE
Week 35 about Organizing Your Memorabilia HERE
Week 36 about Organizing Your Master Bedroom HERE
Week 37 about Organizing Your Jewelry, Accessories and Purses HERE.
Week 38 about Organizing your Home Office HERE 
Week 39 about Organizing the Linen Closet HERE.
Week 40 about Organizing the Basement HERE.
Week 41 about Organizing the Attic HERE.
Week 42 about Organizing the Garage HERE.
Week 43 about Organizing the Yard and Garden HERE.
Week 44 about Organizing Your Holiday HERE.
Week 45 about Organizing Your Party HERE
Week 46 about Organizing Your Trip HERE. 
Week 47 about Organizing Your Move HERE.

This week we are talking about organizing back-to-school time. This really isn't a very timely post as we are wrapping up the end of the semester for most of us. But it will come in handy in the future and it was the next chapter in the book so here it goes...
This Week's Goals:
1. Plan ahead and get all doctor appointments scheduled.
2. Start organizing your child's closet about a month before school starts to move clothes out that don't fit (give away, sell, or pack away for a younger sibling) and move clothes in for fall that fit your child.
3. Find a good place in your house that is designated for homework. Have it free of distractions and stocked with all supplies they need to succeed. Help them to keep it neat and organized.
4. Develop a Launch Pad - this is an area, probably near the door most people go out that everyone can keep things they need regularly for their day. ie backpacks, briefcase for parents, laptops, shoes, jackets, lunch boxes, etc. Ours is right near the door to the garage. My husband hung some nice hooks there for jackets, hats and backpacks. Closets, cubbies, chest of drawers, etc also work well. Or maybe in a mudroom. Keep this area neat and organized, not a dumping ground when the kids (or parents!) first walk in the door.
5. Discuss with your kids the routine and times they need to wake up, go to bed, etc. For younger kids, start this routine with them a week prior to the start of school so it isn't so shocking when they have to start waking up early.
6. Put up a homework chart in the homework area so your kids can stay on task and complete all assignments on time.
1. Put your kids clothes out the night before to save time in the morning.
2. Jennifer suggests playing music instead of the TV to help everyone's spirits in the morning and not distract them. As a music therapist, I think this is a great tip! :)
Thanks for reading! What tips do you have that work for keeping kids organized as you go back to school?
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Sorry again for the lack of pictures. Blogger is not allowing me to put new things up on this blog so I am working on making that happen again soon.     

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