This guest post was written by Certified Professional Organizer® Tiffany Engler – St. Louis, Missouri – www.yourlifeorganizedstl.com.
- Place a basket or bin by the door and teach your children to use it to put the papers that need mom and dad’s attention. This will prevent papers from piling up on countertops.
- Declutter your children’s closets. Make sure they have clothes and shoes that fit AND are school appropriate. If necessary, place school appropriate clothes in one section of the closet.
- Set up a space in your home to accommodate backpacks, lunch bags, shoes, jackets, winter accessories, sports uniforms, etc. Cubbies (as shown here) and lockers are a great solution. Declutter those spaces every season.
Sending Your Children off to College
- Purchase your college student a planner they love. Electronic or paper, it doesn’t matter – as long as they use it.
- Label makers aren’t just for Professional Organizers. Get your college student one ASAP. They are great for labeling containers, file folders, CD’s, reference books, etc. Everyone shares everything at college, labeling will help identify what belongsto whom.
Starting a New School
- A new school means new contacts. Create a simple sheet that includes the new important numbers, addresses, codes, etc. Make it small enough so your student can tape it to their planner in case of an emergency. Also, place this somewhere in your home so everyone can reference it.
- Practice makes perfect. Before the first day of school, practice the routine. Practice going to bed and waking up at a certain time, walking to the bus stop, touring the school. Do everything you can to make the first day or week run smoothly.
- Have a place in your home where you keep backup school supplies.You never know when you will run out and a big project is due the next day.
Tiffany Engler is owner of Your Life Organized, LLC – a Professional Organizing Company based in the greater St. Louis, Missouri area. Your Life Organized specializes in basements, garages, downsizing, entire home transformations, team organizing and yard sales. Tiffany is one of few organizers in Missouri Certified and President of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) – St. Louis Chapter. She is also a Certified FreedomFiler® Consultant, a member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization and International Coach Federation. Tiffany is also a graduate of the Coach Approach for Organizers Foundation Courses and trained to coach her clients through organizing challenges. Tiffany knows firsthand what it is like to be a caregiver and would be honored to help anyone going through this difficult transition. For more organizing tips be sure to visit her website at www.yourlifeorganizedstl.com.