The school year has just begun, and you’ve vowed to keep things organized. The trouble is, you don’t know how you’re going to do it. Starting on the right foot means having all of the required documents for the school year. That means giving the school a birth certificate copy, immunization records, and emergency contact information. School paperwork will soon be pouring in. Create a foolproof organization plan to stay on top of your game this school year.
Put It on the Calendar
Whether you prefer the digital or physical type, calendars are essential to staying on top of everything going on in your life. Put all-important events from dance practice to days off to school on the calendar. Be sure it’s in a common place where everyone is sure to see (if it’s a physical calendar) or make sure you share the electronic calendar with everyone in the house. This will ensure everyone knows about key dates, and no one (including yourself) is ever blindsided.
Make a Special Place
There are many important documents and announcements you’ll have to keep track of during the year. Don’t let them get scattered around the house. Buy a two-inch binder and some folders. Mark each folder with their purpose. For instance, make a folder for each child and put all of their school announcements in it. Create a folder for official documents you might need to access, like birth certificates and social security cards.
Other folders to create are bills, newsletters, and announcements from sports teams or other extracurricular activities and birthday party invitations. Want to page through the folders fast? Use colored tabs and write the folder name on each.
Get Out the Door Quickly
No matter how hard you try, your kids are probably having trouble getting out the door on time in the morning. Make it easy by putting their shoes, backpacks, and other essentials in a cubby, closet, or cupboard close to the door. This way, everything they need is in one place, and no one ends up wandering aimlessly looking for lost items.
For a bonus, stash umbrellas, hats, and gloves and other last-minute items in this space as well. You never know when someone might need tissues or can’t seem to find their jacket.
Keep a Supply
Kids are great for mentioning projects or supply needs at the last minute. Stock a closet with supplies like poster board and index cards for that last-minute request for project materials. Store extra notebooks, pencils, graph paper, and other school supplies there, as well. This way, the eleventh-hour request for a new notebook or filler paper will never become a freak-out moment.
Avoid Clothing Mayhem
Have your children set out their clothes the night before so there won’t be any excuses like “I have nothing to wear.” For smaller children, purchase a hanging clothes organizer and put a set of clothes in each section for the week. Not only will this get the kids going fast, it will also help you to make sure everything they need for the week is washed and ready.
Avoid meltdowns and tantrums this year by staying organized. Get ready for the school year by having all the paperwork and supplies you need. Check your documents closely because lost and forgotten documents can cost you time. This is especially true when it comes to birth certificates.
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