School is Just Around the Corner

Move over summer, a new school year is coming! Have you started getting ready or are you a “best when working under pressure” kind of person? Most of us would rather not have to stress out at the last minute so a little preparation will go a long way to avoid that and help your children get in the mood for routines and a schedule again. School bells ring and so do alarm clocks so you can’t avoid it much longer and need to start planning.

It’s not just kids that need to be prepared. Being a parent and a household manager can get pretty overwhelming when you’re gearing up for school. With that in mind, here are a few organizational tips to help you be ready.

Clutter Management:  Each school year floats on a sea of schedules, homework, permission slips, notices for school functions, lunch menus, papers for scout meetings and after school activities. What do you do when you're drowning in paper? You might want to create a Launch Pad, which is a “home” for all those papers, homework, library books and science fair projects. Rather than having to go look in Suzie’s backpack for teacher updates you’ll have one spot in the house that kids can drop their papers off at. By creating a dedicated space for every family member, a Launch Pad gets the family out the door in record time, and helps keep you organized.  

Gather Your PapersSchools often require documentation that first day. They might need anything from immunization records to report cards from the previous school year. Athletes need proof of a medical examination. A little preparation can prevent frantic last-minute searches for a birth certificate or registration confirmation. Make a list of all items that you need to find before that first day and check each item off as you gather them up so that there are no last-minute surprises.  When you’re in a hurry and rushing, finding out that your child will need documentation is no fun at all. Don't do that to yourself.  

Calendar Central:  Everyone has their own version of a working calendar. Tech-savvy parents store most of the info in a smart phone or tablet and sync with multiple computers. But a quick glance at a hanging calendar that you can write on or wipe off as needed might be a better solution when you’re in a hurry or planning ahead. Choose a calendar format that works for your family and then be sure to use it. 

Check the Closets:  Take an inventory of the clothes that your child has outgrown or just can’t use the coming school year. Donate the clothes that are still in good shape and clean out the closets to make room for a whole new size of clothing. Kids grow, especially over the summer.  Take stock early and be ready! August is the second-biggest sales month for clothing retailers so if you’re smart you’ll find the good sales and take advantage of them.

School is just around the corner, and a little preparation beforehand, will create a fun, organized first day of school! 

Best wishes from The Regal Team for a great school year ahead!

Melissa Dierks                                                                    
The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals       
7111 W Bell Road, Suite 101
Glendale, AZ 85308
(623) 229-0154

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