For many across the country, August 30th will mark their first day back to school. The start of the 2021 school year brings up concerns, with one of the most common being how to get kids organized and keep them organized. Whether your children are learning virtually or will be back in a classroom, here are our best tips and tricks for organizing school supplies – and keeping them that way!
Before school starts, it’s important to gather the basic school supplies your child will need because the detailed list(s) they receive from their teacher or teachers won’t be available until after school starts. If you jump the gun and buy too much too soon, you may find yourself spending money on items your kid might not even need. So, we recommend you start off with these essentials:
Fast forward to the Friday after school has started. More likely than not, your child will have received their supplies list from each teacher, meaning you’re ready to go shopping on Saturday! Hold your horses, however! Before you head off to Target or Walmart, sit down with your child and review the lists together. This will help you avoid unnecessary or duplicate purchases, but you can also make the experience exciting for the new school year! Another benefit of this process? Based on the supplies they’ll need, you can plan for the organizational tools required, whether they be bins, a mobile cart, drawer inserts or more.
The first question you should ask yourself and your child is where’s best to keep/store all or some of these supplies? There are two approaches you can take: centralized and decentralized.
A Centralized Location – The benefit of this approach is everything your kid or kids need for school will be in one place or room of your home. Consider where they will be doing a majority of their homework – is it in their bedroom, a playroom or a home office? You can also utilize a designated corner in the living room if they don’t have a playroom or if the home office is claimed by another family member.
Decentralized Locations – The benefit of this approach is everything your child depends on will be in a location that makes sense. For example, their shoes and backpack can be stored in your mudroom, while their lunchbox is kept in the kitchen pantry and their homework supplies are stored in the playroom, home office or bedroom.
There is no one-size-fits-all method, so remember: if you tried one approach and it doesn’t seem to work, simply try the other or tweak them to fit your (and your child’s) preferred method of organization.
Tip: If you don’t have a dedicated workspace for your child, consider installing a wall-mounted fold-down table fitted with secured supplies holders above. You can use an empty wall in any room of your choosing. The benefit? Your child has a designated workspace that takes up very little room when not in use.
Consider using any or some of the following storage solutions mapped out below, such as:
Now that you’ve purchased school supplies, decided where they’ll go, and you’ve determined how they’ll be organized, all that’s left is to organize them! We recommend, if it’s possible, to do this with your child. Not only will this give your daughter or son a sense of ownership during the process and the room/space in which they’ll be doing schoolwork, but it’s also a great chance to bond. Put on some of your favorite music, gather some yummy snacks and have fun organizing together.
Tip: To keep school supplies organized throughout the year, you can add it to your child’s weekly list of chores.
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