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This is the last installment of blogs for back to school organization. I hope you have picked up some tips!

Calendars are so important in keeping your family organized. Are you using a calendar? If not, why? Start fresh this back to school season and utilize a calendar to keep you and your family organized.

1.    If your kids are old enough, give them a calendar of their own so they can keep track of important dates, project due dates, and events. Get them in the habit of using a calendar now. It will stick through their adult years!
2.    Utlizing a calendar will keep your head clear knowing that you aren't forgetting anything because it is all written on the calendar.
3.    Jot down everything from sports practices, dance classes, project due dates, to parties. Get it out of your head and onto paper.
4.    Use it for financial payments that are due relating to the kids.
5.    Look at your calendar every evening so you have a plan of what is going to take place the next day.

Using your calendar like clockwork will get you organized and you will have less stress. You will have peace of mind knowing that you didn't forget an important event.

Have a great back-to-school season!!!

Organize!! Energize!!
Kristin
 
 
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You may have already started school clothes shopping, but have you taken inventory of what your child already owns? Here are 5 tips to get your kids closets organized and make clothes shopping less stressful.

1.  First take everything out of their closets. Make your piles, donate, sell, keep, toss.
2.  Filter clothes back in by categories.
3.  Take inventory of what you have before you go shopping. Think about what pieces you already have and build a mix and match wardrobe from those pieces. This tip will save you money!
4   Make a list of exactly what you need to purchase and take it with you to avoid buying duplicate items and wasting money.
5.  Prepping clothes for the week ahead will make your life much easier. Organize the outfits Monday-Friday along with accessories and shoes.

Have fun shopping!!

Organize!! Energize!!
Kristin

 
 
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Here are 5 tips to make your weekday school mornings easier.
1.    Plan outfits for the school week on Sunday including accessories, shoes, socks. Iron everything. Line up the outfits in the closets Monday-Friday. Kids know exactly what they are wearing and won't waste time in the morning trying to figure out what to wear.
2.    Pack lunches the evening before.
3.    Go through and organize backpacks the night before so in the morning kids just grab and go.
4.    Check the school schedule for gym classes, art classes. Pack ahead gym clothes and supplies.
5.    Routines. Have your children get into these routines and they will become habits.
Follow these tips above and you should reap the benefits of having stress free mornings. You will have more time to enjoy breakfast and spend with your family.

Organize!! Energize!!
Kristin
 
 
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Paper Management.
With back to school approaching, my tips for the month of August should make this back to school season a breeze.

It seems most of us have difficulty with paper management. Get your kids in the habit of controlling their paper now so they will be able to have a handle on it through grammar school, college, adulthood and throughout their careers. Start now by having your kids participate in the process.

When purchasing back to school supplies, dedicate a color to each subject. For instance for English class, have a green notebook, folder and or binder. All paperwork for English stays contained in the English folders.

Develop a kid friendly filing system in their bedroom, whether it be a filing drawer/cabinet or an accordian file or any other filing system that will work for them. Label the files and have them store important documents in the files throughout the school year. You can label them by subject and color code to match the colors you dedicated to each subject. Store artwork, class projects, papers, and any other important documents in these files. At the end of the school year go through the files and purge whatever you think you may not need for the future. Store the documents you want in a separate file and label with the school year and keep everything together in a separate storage box. Start each school year fresh by continuing to rotate the files.

Get your children in the habit of once a week cleaning out their subject folders and filing papers in their file drawer. Start these routines now and make it a habit of following up with them.

Your children should have a good handle on their papers if they have a system. If the system works, you won't have papers stuffed in drawers all over the home or their bedroom. All paper will be contained and have a home. 

Work with your children to put this system in place and you will be one step closer to becoming organized for back to school.

Organize!! Energize!!
Kristin