Here in Arizona, school has begun. I am a little disappointed in our start to the school year; I just don’t feel like I have my act together like I would have liked. It’s not too late, though — I’m determined to get a little more organized in the hopes that I feel like I’m ahead of the game instead of catching up.
Routine is the number one thing that makes our days easier. I always set the kids’ clothes out the night before to avoid last-minute scrambling for matching socks and sudden demands for princess dresses for school. Amy at Living Locurto has some adorable FREE printable tags to organize the kids’ outfits for all of the days of the week and morning routine cards to remind the little ones of their morning routine. LOVE THESE!
The Queen of Routine is the Flylady, and if you don’t already know her, go over and take a peek. I aspire to be regimented like that, but I can’t quite get there. Her “shine your sink” philosophy is quite helpful, though, and she has lots of great pointers to help running the household go more smoothly. I try to do a fast straighten-up and load the dishwasher before we’re out the door in the morning. Doing that definitely helps me feel less overwhelmed when we get home with a car full of bookbags and school papers and art projects.
Speaking of school papers and art projects, I still struggle with what to do with all of it. I wrote about this issue a long time ago, and I still seem to get inundated with mountains of papers. Martha Stewart had an article about creative ways to store kids’ art a while ago, and Chris did a cute wall pocket makeover to hold her kids’ papers. How do you decide what to keep and what to throw? Oh, the guilt.
I’m also trying to get in the habit of preparing the kids’ lunches and snacks the night before. Nothing I’ve prepared so far is comparable to the photo-worthy bento boxes, but I’m still trying to figure out what they’ll like each day (that seems to change constantly). I’m still looking for ideas, if anyone has any!
I’d love to hear what some other people do to keep their families organized during the school year.