Back to School Basics: Keep the Kids Organized
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How To | Keep the Kids Organized

Even though I don’t have firsthand parenting experience when it comes to back-to-school stuff, I have some tricks up my sleeve that will help keep your kids (and their schoolwork!) in order.

Check them out below…

Back to School Basics: Keep the Kids Organized

Designate a simple station for schoolwork. Pick a central area in your home with lots of storage space and keep it simple because kids can be easily distracted… I know I was!

Back to School Basics: Keep the Kids Organized Back to School Basics: Keep the Kids Organized

Design your study station to suit your kids’ work methods. Try to encourage children by using bright colors on walls and displaying their finished work as décor. Once they see their schoolwork framed and a part of your home, it just might motivate them to keep up the A+ work!

Back to School Basics: Keep the Kids Organized

Organize clutter by keeping daily supplies – pens, pencils, erasers etc. – within reach and everything else stored away. When you have to whip out the art and craft supplies, you’ll know where to find them!

Back to School Basics: Keep the Kids Organized Back to School Basics: Keep the Kids Organized

Find a filing system for paperwork that works best for you and your family’s needs. A convenient location like the kitchen is always a good idea, but wicker baskets work well too. Try to organize you children’s’ paperwork into categories of priority – is it something you need to act on now or refer to throughout the year?

Back to School Basics: Keep the Kids Organized

Assign specific places for schoolbooks, homework and backpacks otherwise you’ll find these items dropped all over the house. Make sure that putting items in their designated places becomes a part of your kids’ schedule and it will soon be second nature… I think.

And if you need extra help, my friend Janette has some good tips for creating work-play spaces for kids.

 

Photo Source: Tonya Staab, Apartment Therapy, Houzz

Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington is best known as the Emmy-award winning host of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" and as the co-host of ABC Daytime's "The Revolution." He has been recognized as a home design expert, carpenter and leader in the field of volunteerism. TyPennington.com is a space to share his inspiration, design tips, daily musings and more. Ty can currently be seen on TLC's Trading Spaces.

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