So, in my quest for organization I have made a few changes to our routine that will hopefully help mornings go more smoothly.
First off, I created our “In School” Chore Chart. (You can see a sample one here. Use it to create your own if you want!)
1. Each child has a chore chart for downstairs as well as upstairs. In the mornings, they will need to follow their Morning Routines before coming downstairs. And in evenings they will need to finish their Evening Routines downstairs before heading up to bed. Why didn’t I just put it on one chart? Because my kids will go up and down the stairs so many times to look and see what they need to do and mark it off that they waste so much time! By splitting it, no more running around!
2. Another thing that I am hoping will makes things easier is preparing not only for the next day, but prepare for the entire week on Sunday evenings by
- Preparing their lunch menus for the week
- Organize snacks
- Pick out clothes they are going to wear for the week.
LunchesI don’t know about your kids, but mine are really picky about what they eat for lunch and they don’t want sandwiches very often. So I’ve had to come up with some other lunch ideas besides the good old PB&J.
- Pasta with butter and parmesan cheese
- Pasta Salad
- Cheese and Crackers
- Salad with dressing on the side (so it doesn’t get soggy)
- Pita chips and hummus
- Salsa with chips
- Carrots with ranch dressing
- Mini Bagels with flavored cream cheese or jelly
SnacksMy kids take a snack to school every day. These need to be healthy and filling. Sometimes my kids take packaged snacks (applesauce, fruit, granola bars) but other time they want things that need to be packaged (crackers, goldfish, etc.) so that is where the Sunday night planning comes in.
PaperworkPaperwork, paperwork, paperwork! It gets overwhelming during the school year! There is always homework sheets for the week, permission slips to be signed, special items that need to be saved, etc. So find a good system to organize your paperwork that works for you. For me, I have this. I bought it at Target for about $12 I think. I like to have things in the cubby’s that I use all the time and want easily accessible, like pens, markers, etc. The filing section is great. The kids can just put their weekly assignments in their folders and put anything for me in my folder when they empty their backpacks as soon as they get home.
Hopefully this will give you a little inspiration to get you organized for back to school. Please comment and let me know what solutions have worked for you. The key to organization is to find a system that works for you and your family. Not everything works for everybody!