Back-To-The-Basics With Back-To-School Organization
Although most of us are enjoying a relaxing summer break, the new
school year is just around the corner. August is the time to get ready for back
to school by preparing ourselves with the proper supplies and organizational
techniques. Follow these suggestions to create a less stressful year and to
avoid that last minute scurry before the first day of school. Even if you don't
have children or aren't attending school yourself, we can all benefit by using
this time to readjust our schedules and routines.
1) Use Calendars
- Prepare your calendar for the upcoming school year. Family members should have
easy access to one central calendar at home. Keep one in your kitchen or den so
everyone in your family can see what is on the agenda for the weeks ahead.
Record important dates such as school closings, vacations, appointments or
meetings. This will allow everyone to judge time accordingly for car scheduling
and pick ups. Designate each family member a colored marker to write activities
to clearly see who has what coming up. In a backpack, keep a daily planner and
carry it at all times. Jot down appointments or project deadlines right away
before you forget. Don't rely on memory - write it all down.
2)Only Buy What You Will Use - Organizing and prioritizing means
making space in your room, home or office to store new school work and supplies.
Don't go overboard buying new supplies thinking this will help you be more
organized. Rather, look at the basic items you use and only buy those. Make a
list of the items you need and only purchase those items when shopping. By
gathering your pre-existing supplies, you can judge more effectively what extra
supplies you will need, and what has worked best for you in the past.
3)Get Rid of the Old to Make Room for the New - Get rid of old
books and papers that you no longer use. When you do come across important
papers, have a specific place to store them. A filing cabinet would be a great
investment, and it keeps stacks of papers out of sight. Outdated magazines
should be donated or recycled. If there are articles you like or don't have time
to read, tear them out and keep them in a binder or file them by subject. This
way you have all the articles that you enjoy together and can take it along with
you while waiting for appointments or in between classes.
4) Keep All School Supplies in One Area - Designate one spot in your home
for all your school supplies. Spend 15 minutes each night tidying up this area.
This will save time in the morning and avoid the panic of looking for misplaced
items. Always have your backpack ready and your homework finished the night
before. Keep lunches prepared in the fridge and ready to grab.
5) Donate Old Clothes - Everyone wants to have a few new items of
clothing for the first day of school. Before you go shopping, look at the
clothes you already own to see how they will work for the fall season. Go
through your closet and get rid of outdated clothes and those that don't fit. If
you haven't worn items in months or years, chances are you do not need them.
Getting rid of these articles of clothing will make way for your new fall
6) Do it Now - Start shopping early for back-to-school clothes and
supplies. Don't wait until the weekend before school starts. The stores will be
crowded which may cause unnecessary stress. Make shopping a leisurely and
enjoyable experience with your children or friends.
Back-to-school can mean a fresh start for your organizing routine. Prepare now
to ensure you start the new school year on the right track.
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by Colette Robicheau
Colette Robicheau, President of Organize Anything, is a consultant, coach, and
public speaker offering corporate, residential, and personal organizing
services. For more information contact Colette Robicheau, Organizing Consultant
and Coach visit her website
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