Where did the summer go? September is approaching fast and while my daughter is all excited about starting kindergarten, I am a little sad-I am going to miss the lazy summer days we spent together. I am already dreading the morning rush, the chaos and everything else that comes with it. But with some good organization and planning I am hoping we will settle into a new routine easily. School year brings a lot of paper so having a great paper organization system is huge plus. An efficient command center can benefit every family. Designating a space for homework is necessary.
I want to highlight a few posts from the past that might be appropriate and helpful around this time.
We are ready for school. As a kid I used to get excited around this time and I used to love getting new school supplies. I still love fresh, new notebooks, sharp, colored pencils. And stationary!
1. Paper organization
For school paperwork, permission slips, important notices and other papers; I hang these folders from Martha Stewart on our pantry door. It's a great space saver and all our paper clutter stays behind the closed door. Every member of our family has his/her folder.
2. Art box
How do you store your kids school artwork? I have created this art box. Every day when she brings art from school it all goes here, temperately, until we sort through it weekly and decide what we keep, toss, display or store. Get inspiration on How To Display Your Kids Artwork.
3. School lunches
I looked and searched for the "perfect" containers for days. Read many reviews on various products and settled on the following one. Why? Firstly, I wanted something not round, not plastic and most importantly I wanted to make sure that the food won't leak. We have already practiced how to open and store them after each meal. And I served lunch to my little kindergartener twice in her lunchbox. And of course, it had to be teal or any color close to it. I have also found these mini, linen napkins in 5 colors-perfect for each day. You see, I make a big deal out of lunches because to me food matters.
Another great idea for lunches is Lunchskins. Aren't these reusable bags adorable? I would have a hard time choosing a design. I have not used them so, I can't vouch for them but they seem like a nice idea.
I have already planned her lunches for two weeks and intend on sharing all about our experience. So, stay tuned.
And of course, I will leave you with some inspiration. Watch this amazing video called Best Lunchbox Ever.
4. Efficient command center
It is important to create an efficient command center for your home based on your needs and the number of family members. We have an entire chalkwall in our kitchen where we keep track of all our activities, write down reminders, phone numbers, extracurricular activities, birthday parties, school events, sporting events...
And of course let's not forget about the importance of calendars and schedules. Many people have digital calendars. I personally think it's great but we are not there yet. We are old fashioned, pen and paper type.
Check out this post on How To Synchronize Calendars.
5. Drop spot, mudroom or a hub
Whatever you call it, every household needs a place for kids to drop their backpacks, hang their jackets and other essentials.
Check out these spaces for inspiration. It doesn't have to be elaborate: simple baskets, bins, color coded items, initials, hooks will do.
Wishing you the best in the coming 2013-2014 school year! Stay tidy and organized. Share your tips and thoughts.
Happy First Day of School!
from our back to school party
back to school party