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It’s almost back to school time and many Baltimore area parents are scrambling to finish up some of their summer organizing projects before school starts. Parents have had a bit of a break from all of the papers that come home from school, so now is a good time to set up an organizational system to prepare yourself for all of the school paper clutter that will be coming home on a daily and weekly basis. Once your new or improved system is in place, talk to your children about how they should handle all of the permission slips and other papers they bring home from school, and be prepared to remind them of their responsibilities during the first few weeks of school.
Here are 10 tips for getting ready for back to school:
1. Use a family calendar to note down important dates, birthdays, parent teacher meeting schedules, etc.
2. Teach your children how to organize their rooms and prevent clutter. Begin early and remind them often to return things to their home and have place for everything.
3. Maintain a checklist of all of the school supplies and papers they need to take to school each day.
4. Develop a habit of reloading backpacks at night, so that they are ready for the next day.
5. Designate a study area for homework and a paper handling area for school papers. Make sure they are both convenient and comfortable.
6. Create a household family reference binder in your home office or kitchen/family area to file all of the essential papers that are being sent home from school.
7. If you use an electronic calendar, organize all emails pertaining to your kids’ schedules and activities into one folder or multiple categorized folders.
8. Ask your child to clean and declutter his bedroom each week. It will keep the room neat and organized and avoid him misplacing important items or homework assignments.
9. Clean out backpacks weekly to avoid a cluttered and messy backpack.
10. At the end of the school year, purge unnecessary and outdated papers and start fresh for the next school year.
Getting your children organized for back to school doesn’t have to be hard. You know your children, so use the tips that will work for your family and lifestyle. If you or a family member needs help during the school year, there are many resources available in Maryland, particularly in the Baltimore/DC metro areas. You can find professional organizers, student educational coaches, academic tutors, ADD specialists and much more.
Links to all Maryland county public schools:
Source: Maryland Department of Education:
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