- Decide on ONE family calendar, whether it’s electronic or it hangs on the wall in the mud room. Get into the habit of writing every last parent or kid commitment onto the calendar. If you can review the day’s schedule with family members each morning at breakfast, that’s even better!
- Empty backpacks every night. Go through miscellaneous paper daily. This will make things easier in the long term and you won’t miss important deadlines.
- Create a homework station for your kids. Place trays, folders, or compartments to store homework assignments and completed homework for each child in the kitchen, home office, or wherever homework is done.
- Store school information and parent communication in a personal file for you. The kids don’t need access to that information.
- Purge all school papers monthly. Take time to glance over all paper and toss as much as you can.
- Remove school-related keepsakes or special mementos from everyday paper storage areas. Get the keepsakes out of the way in bins, containers or folders. Label one for each child.
- Organize the emails you receive from school and sports programs by creating email folders within your email inbox. Label them either by your child’s name or the proper noun for the school or program.
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