As September approaches, it’s time to get organised to make the transition back to school as easy as possible. After 6 weeks of doing minimal cleaning, (as all mums know that kids at home and tidiness don’t go together), its time to start to prepare not just the children, but your home to be ready for the new term.
The key to an easy back to school routine is not just having a clean and tidy house, but an organised house. If you are a working parent, you will know that it’s not just the children that need to be out the door bright and early in the morning, but you do too. Great organisation will ensure that as a family you are all on top of your game from the word go.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
ORGANISE A GOOD MORNING ROUTINE
Getting kids up for school in the morning can be a hard task, and can really try your patience. But once they have managed to emerge from their pit, make the rest of the routine as easy as possible for them.
- Put out clean school clothes in a convenient place so they don’t have to rummage through draws and wardrobes, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.
- Keep bathroom time quick and concise – shower, clean teeth, brush hair and have hair bands etc at the ready.
- Make breakfast a family occasion – eat a hearty meal to set you all up for the day, and talk to each other about your plans.
- Make sure everything they need – lunch boxes, PE bags etc – are in clear view and ready to be collected as they head out of the door.
ORGANISE THEIR STORAGE
If you don’t already have a great deal of storage space in your children’s bedrooms, see if you can find away to fit some child friendly storage that will not only keep the room looking clean and tidy, but also make it easy for your children to store and find their belongings.
- Put some shelving in. This will allow you to keep books, pencil cases and other paraphernalia tidy, whilst making it easily accessible for children in a hurry.
- Make some dedicated space for homework. A desk will give your child space to work and make them feel like they have their own independence.
- Keep laptops and tablets in a public area so you can monitor their use – but make space for reading and relaxing, maybe throw extra cushions on the bed or a beanbag.
- Keep sports kits, trainers, musical instruments or anything else your children use for extra curricular activities in the same place after every wash or lesson. This way, they know exactly where they are when they are needed and will avoid arguments when you are trying to get out the door.
ORGANISE THEIR TIME
- A family calendar is a great tool to keep everyone organised. Keep your calendar in a space where it can be seen by everyone and refer to it regularly. Also, don’t forget to update it.
- An alarm clock next to their beds is not only a great way of getting them out of bed in the morning, but also an excellent educational tool to help younger children learn to tell the time.
- Start to get older children into the routine of taking charge of their own schedule. For example, a 10 year old should easily be able to tell you what days they have PE on, or when their homework is due in. If they have deadlines to work to, get them to start to take responsibility for this, maybe with just a little bit of gentle reminding prior to the event.
Finally, make family time your priority. Good organisation for the things you have to do, will free you up to enjoy more of the things you want to do as a family. Housework and cleaning is important, as is the weekly shop. But maybe look at alternative ways of doing this if they are eating into your time. You could consider doing your food shopping online. Or look into hiring a domestic cleaner to come round regularly to clean for you.
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