As summer comes to a close, it is time for students of the La Jolla, CA area to return back to school. During the first few weeks of school, families work hard to get back into their old routines. It can be a very hectic and stressful time of year for many parents as school events, homework, and sports practice get in the way of daily errands and everyday activities. Keeping a home organized during this time is nearly impossible with so many things going on at once. However, there are a few things that you can do to keep your home well-organized as the kids head back to class.
Create a Drop-Off Space inside your Home
As soon as the kids walk in the door in the evening after school they always want to get rid of their heavy backpacks, coats, and lunchboxes as soon as possible. You can eliminate a lot of the after-school clutter by creating a drop-space near the front door. Use cubby holes, hooks, and decorative boxes to store books, backpacks, coats, and more. You can keep each child’s school belongings separated so that they are easy to get to in the morning. This not only helps to keep your home organized, but it also helps you save time during the early morning rush.
Come Up With a System for School Paperwork
Kids bring home a mountain of paperwork from school and the majority of it is usually sent home within the first few weeks. There are many important papers that must be returned back to school and dozens of papers that can be thrown in the trash. Use a stacked mail sort or desk organizer to help you straighten out the madness before it has time to create clutter on your desk or kitchen countertop. Place important papers where they will be safe at all times and file away less-important information for a later date.
Use a Family Calendar to Keep Everyone on Track
During the summer it is easy to get used to a less hectic schedule with fewer daily events to keep up with throughout the week. But once school begins there is band practice, soccer games, school assemblies, and PTA meetings to attend. A family calendar can help you to keep up with everyone’s personal schedule so that you will always be on time to important events. You can buy a large day planner to write down appointments or you can get creative and use chalk paint to add a new decorative family calendar to your living room or kitchen wall.
Back to School: Staying Organized
Going back to school can be stressful for both the parents and the children. Help make your home life less chaotic by taking advantage of these helpful home organization tips. By doing so you will be able to stay on schedule and eliminate the overwhelming amount of clutter that is sure to accumulate inside your home. If you still feel your home isn’t adequate for the amount of space you need, maybe it’s time for an upgrade. Search our current available listings to find a home that is right for you and your family!