July 16, 2021
As a busy working mum of two teenagers, I know that family life can be fun but also chaotic and busy.
Do you feel overwhelmed at the end of the school year with everything to organise?
I wanted to share with you my top tips for organising at the end of the school term so that you can feel organised for the summer head and back to school planning. I will cover artwork/books/crafts, school uniform and organisational systems.
1. Make Time
Allocate time in your diary to sort through the things that your children have produced at home during lockdown or brought home from school if they returned to school for the last few weeks.
2. How to Store:
Memory Box: If you don't currently have somewhere to store your children's' artwork and memory items I would highly recommend that you purchase a large clear box per child which you can use to store selected items from each year. This box should be large enough to store items from 0-16 years.
Display Space: I often recommend that clients set up a display space in their home to put up current artwork, photos, awards etc. These can then be recycled as new items need to be displayed. I think this gets the children used to things being on display, deciding what stays on display or recycled.
3. Be Selective: As much as its tempting to keep everything I would recommend that you only keep selected books and artwork.
Here are my top 4 tips for organising school uniform.
Once you know which items that you need and are comfortable with the sizing, you can order any new items online for home delivery or collection.
You can order most items anytime during the summer and all your non uniform items too (pencil case, sports equipment, school bag etc). But I always purchase school shoes, trainers, football boots etc late in August to avoid an unexpected growth spurt.
These systems will help reduce stress and avoid rushing around in the morning looking for misplaced items or forgetting important items.
Organise so it is easy to find what they need. Replace items to the correct storage place. Label cupboard and drawers in needed.
2. Sports/music equipment
Have a set place to store everything – swim kit, football kit etc. Dirty kit often needs to be washed and turned around quickly so getting into the habit of muddy cleaning boots and putting dirty items in the wash bag will help.
3. School books/study system
Having a simple system will encourage children to pack their own bags for school and know where to find what they need.
Notice board/white board: can be used for to display the weekly school timetable, keep track of homework and any important notices.
Magazine files: Again, these work well for storing workbooks and textbooks. You can have 2 files or a file by subject depending on what you think will work for your child. This can then be expanded to subject folders when they reach GCSE level.
Packing Check List
Once you have a better idea of what you need to take with you on your trip you can start to pull things together.
Now you are ready to pack your car.
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