Feeling Overwhelmed By School Papers and Projects?
Organize the Smorgasboard of "Stuff" This School Year
"Back to school" greets parents with an onslaught of paperwork, backpacks, projects and lunchboxes. If not prepared, we can be sent into a tailspin until Thanksgiving. Here are a few sanity savers:
Out the Door Tips:
Establish a wake-up time (for yourself and kids).
• List job duties (make bed, get dressed, eat, brush teeth).
Home from School…..Where Does All This Stuff Go!?
Quick Strategies for Sifting Through the Backpack/Homework Folder!
For most of us, the problem is all the things we need to look at later. If we can't deal with everything right away, we might put it aside for later and then forget. Consider this helpful system that has worked in our household:
I have a board with FOUR clips on it. The clips are labeled as follows:
This board can be decorative. Try this on a refrigerator or where you will be sure to see it. The goal is to make sure these clips are emptied weekly. This hopefully helps papers from "stacking up." Use the same clip system for multiple children or have separate ones for each child.
System Ideas For Storing the Important Stuff (Student handbooks, PTO information, classroom information/rules). I have used two systems that I like for storing information.
A. Box System (A small file box full of file folders according to your needs)
• School info folder (multiple folders if multiple schools)
B. Binder System (my favorite)
I have a binder for each of my boys. I put their name on the outside binding. I have typed all of the School and Classroom information and put this piece of paper on the inside cover of the binder. I include the teacher's "Classroom Rules," Tips, Classroom party information, etc. If I decide to save a certain piece of my child's work, I stick it in the binder.
The "Ahhhh" Stuff to Save for Years Later
I don't keep everything. I try to choose the best. During the year I put these items inside the binder/folder but at the end of the school year I re-evaluate what I have saved and put these papers in a more permanent location.
I hope these tips help ease the extra paperwork that comes into the house when school starts. Remember, the year goes by really fast so try to enjoy it!
Submitted by Springfield Moms reader Amy Peterson. She is an organizational consultant and owns The Closet Guy with her husband Brooke. She lives in Springfield and is the mother of three children.
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