4 Hot Tips for Avoiding Back to School Chaos!

It’s not easy getting out of the house on time and completely organized; it’s harder still if there are school-age children in the family and work schedules to juggle. To make it easier, invite your family to be team players in creating a home environment that simplifies everyone’s lives. Recognizing the unique schedule of each family member empowers even the smallest child to be an important part of the rhythm of your home.

1. Create a family message center

Use individual cubbies or clips to organize notes, permission slips, mail, to-do lists and whatever else is supposed to leave the house when you do. Keep a bulletin board or calendar, Post-its, and pens near the door to make it easy to stay informed about comings and goings.

 

2. Immortalize kid art and school projects

Before they get crunched, yellowed and forgotten in storage, give kids a place to make a big display and help them videotape or photograph the ”art show” to share with distant family or as an easy-to-keep treasure; you’ll save space and precious memories at the same time.

(See our craft room ideas for more inspiration!)

3. Create a video record of your entire home

 Make a voice-annotated videotape of your home’s exterior and contents, especially closets, every year. It’s the best way to document the condition of your home and your possessions in case you ever need to make an insurance claim. Keep the tape in your safe-deposit box.

4. Enlist the kids as pantry help

Arrange your pantry to make it easy to find items and to build your shopping list. Sorting items is a fun and educational kid project; here are some sorting categories:

  • Rice and Pasta
  • Cereal and Bread Products
  • Canned Goods
  • Baking Goods and Supplies
  • Bulk Food Items
  • Spices
  • Bagged Snack Foods
  • Oils and Vinegars, Condiments

(For more concepts & style ideas, visit our online pantry collection.)

BONUS TIP:

Find spaces that are out of reach of little hands for glass containers; snack items can be stored in large, easily refillable containers or bins in an area easy for kids to reach. Unless you do a lot of baking, oils, flour, sugar and similar ingredient groups can be placed on higher shelves.