Back to school doesn’t have to mean back to morning chaos. Learn how to organize your kids’ departure for less stress.
Now that the kids are back in school, our laid-back summer activities have been replaced by a more structured fall schedule. Help support your new routines with these organizing tips and ideas for getting out the door faster:
1. Back to school: Time to purge items
• Clear out outgrown (or no longer loved) coats, hats, gloves and shoes so it is easier to find what you need when you need it. Donate items in good condition to a local coat or winter clothing drive.
• Eliminate the pile of shoes by storing them in shoe rack or bin. One option is a wall-mounted shoe storage hook, which frees up floor space and is specifically designed for baby and toddler shoes.
• Create a checklist of things you need to do or grab before you leave the house each day: phone, snacks, gloves, trip to the potty, etc. Post it on the door.
2. Plan and organize kids’ items
• Take a moment in the evening, when the house is quiet and there is no reason to rush, to think about what you are going to be doing the next day. Place by the door the items you need to get those tasks accomplished.
• Make lunch and prepare snacks. For easy prep, store lunchboxes, water bottles and containers close to one another.
• Restock your child’s diaper bag or backpack and place it by the door.
3. Get out the door
• Use music to keep everyone on track to leave on time. One song could signal that it is time to have breakfast. Another means it is time to put on shoes and jackets and head out the door.
• Make a game out of getting ready. Play “Beat the Clock” or challenge your child put on his or her shoes before you are done singing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.”
• As you are leaving, glance at your checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten the essentials.
A little bit of planning will go a long way towards starting off the day in an organized way.
About this Experts Contributor: Sarah Giller Nelson is the owner of Less is More, a Chicago professional organizing company inspired by a passion for beauty and order. Less is More has been organizing the homes of busy families since 2010. For more organizing tips and inspiration, visit their website or follow them on Pinterest.
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