The school-year is a hectic time for parents and kids alike. If you want your home to run as smoothly as possible, implementing some routine organization is key. Below are three types of organization stations that can help you keep sane this year. Click each image to find its source.
Command Station. The idea behind this is to help the kids establish an after-school habit that will keep things orderly (instead of lobbing everything onto the ground). A command station is where the child empties and sorts their school items into designated places and hangs their backpack on the wall. Mom or dad will then know where to look for announcements, artwork, report cards, and pending projects. Best of all, the before-school crisis, “I can’t find my [insert school object here]!” will be much avoided.
Lunch Station. Making lunch for the little ones each morning can be time-consuming. A lunch station is a place (or system) where the components of a balanced lunch meal are already prepared. It’s the “batching” concept applied to kids’ meals. By creating a lunch station, you can simplify and shorten your morning routine, and plan your child’s meals better (while saving money too.)
Routine Station. Sometimes all we need is some visualization to keep us focused. Routine lists are a great way to help kids remember their daily routines and chores, without you having to constantly remind them. Rewarding kids when they complete their tasks is a great way to motivate them. There are many free daily routine printables that can be found online.