Back-to-school acts as both relief and stress. The former is because as a parent, you can have a bit of time to yourself, now that the children will spend a certain portion of their time in school, whereas it is stressful due to the amount of work you have to do. However, if you proceed in a systematic manner, it isn’t really that much of a monster!
Here are a few easy organizing tips to assist you:
Back-to-school can be chaotic to say the least. Music lessons, book clubs, sports activities – there is a lot to be done. Use dry-erase calendar art decals that double as a bulletin board and wall art, which help to maintain a schedule. These are made of vinyl, so the peel-and-stick system allows them to be put up anywhere.
Inspect your house from top to bottom and clean it thoroughly. It is evident that children will bring dirt and dust in the house, so ensure the mudroom has sufficient area rugs so they can wipe their shoes before entering indoors.
There will be abundant homework, which requires a filing system to keep track of everything. You can use storage baskets for homework and projects – there can be an “In” and “Out” system so that you know what is pending and what has been completed. There are different kinds of storage baskets available – some can even be used to store sports equipment too such as a soccer ball, badminton racket, or roller skates.
Create a study-friendly spot for your children – the area should have sufficient lighting (not too bright though) and a comfortable stool for sitting. Nowadays, poufs are also being used frequently in children’s rooms because they are cozy and comfy.
Ensure that the child gets a good-sized work surface and don’t forget to unplug the TV or shut off the wireless router, during study-time.
Plan ahead so that you don’t have to rush in the mornings. Think about the following morning and chalk out a schedule. For instance, breakfast foods should be easy to reach. You should also lay out school clothes the night before.
If you have more than one child, consider jotting down a bathroom schedule so that each kid gets an equal amount of time (one kid shouldn’t spend excess time as it delays the schedule).
There is no hard-and-fast rule in this case because each household operates differently. All you can do to lower the stress and chaos is to stick to a fixed routine as much as possible and make modifications when needed
You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you organize your home at Carmel Decor.
by Firoozeh Khorrami
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