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Updated on Sep 1, 2009

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  1. Prepare their work stations. A well-defined space for studies helps kids focus. Be sure it’s well lit and away from noisy distractions such as TVs and telephones. Set up shelves and handy storage bins within easy reach for all their supplies, so they won’t waste time looking for things. Make sure your child has a notebook or calendar for listing requirements and due dates for all assignments, reports and projects. Include weekly activities and projects, such as sports practice and household chores.
  2. Get ready to go. This is critical for avoiding frantic searches and frustration in the morning, Rosemary says. Schedule a regular time each evening to prepare for the next day. Make a spot for each child, and have him set out backpacks, assignments, and musical instruments or sports items. Post a checklist near the door with everything he needs (like the lunch bag), for a final review before leaving. Finally, don’t forget a Parent’s Box, where kids can place field trip information and other papers that need a parent’s signature.
  3. Make laundry manageable. This least enjoyable task can be the most frustrating when it’s disorganized. Provide a hamper for each child, and place it in the bedroom. For older kids, this helps them be responsible for washing their own clothes. For bedding or clothing from several kids that gets washed together, use a permanent marker to make small dots on the labels. Here’s Rosemary’s trick that’s easy now and handy for hand-me-downs later: put a single dot on items for the oldest child, two dots for the second child, and so on. Children who aren’t yet able to read can use the dots to help sort clothes. When an item is ready to pass on to the next child, you can simply add one more dot.

Organizing never sounds like fun, but it does get easier. “Pretty soon, it just becomes part of your life, and you hardly have to think about it,” Rosemary points out. “The benefits are more time, less money wasted, and less stress overall.” Take advantage of these benefits by organizing your yard, car and home, and make this school year your smoothest and most successful one yet.

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