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It’s that time of year again!

Your children are ready, having meticulously selected their first day of school attire, while you sort through lists of supplies to ensure they are fully prepared.

With more than one child in school now, conflicting homework assignments and extracurricular activities are inevitable. Before you give up on keeping the home-front organized (yes, we hear the children having a duel with the safety scissors you just purchased), take a moment to read through these helpful Back to School tips that will keep your home running smoothly (well, maybe you should confiscate those scissors first…just a suggestion).

Responsibility Charts

Children typically associate homework assignments or various chores around the house as something that is negative, but they don’t have to be! By setting up responsibility charts for each member of the household (parents included), your child will recognize that everybody within the home (yourself included!) have various items they are responsible for each and every day.

Think of some privileges your kids can enjoy on a daily basis if they complete their own specific tasks, or even a fun outing you can enjoy as a family each week or month if you collectively complete your charts.

Everyone has responsibilities to keep the home (and their lives) running well. Teaching your kids to take charge early will set them up for success.

De-Clutter Your Space

Keeping your home clutter free is of the utmost importance. It is difficult for a child (or adult for that matter) to focus with stuff everywhere. If you aren’t able to discard or donate items, consider renting a self-storage unit in your neighborhood.

You can place seasonal clothing, sports equipment, gardening supplies, holiday decor, or anything else you may have away for safekeeping. Items will be available when you need them and out of the way when you don’t. With various sizes and price plans available, it won’t be difficult to fit a storage unit into the family budget.

Cubby Check

Set up a small cubby area for each child that contains their backpacks, jackets, shoes, and any other supplies they need for the next day. Rather than having a mad dash through the house each morning looking for items they need, all of your children’s necessities will be easily contained in one specific area helping to keep your home running with ease during early morning hours. Heck, set up a cubby for you and your partner as well, cause we all know those keys try to sneak away for some extra shuteye each morning!

Be Encouraging

American novelist and Academy Award Winning Screenwriter John Irving once said, “With every book, you go back to school. You become a student. You become an investigative reporter. You spend a little time learning what it's like to live in someone else's shoes.”

Demonstrate a love for learning that your children will want to emanate. Let them know each day is a new adventure, by expressing a genuine excitement to learn something new yourself.

By creating a renewed enthusiasm about responsibility, keeping things neat and tidy, and expressing a love for learning, your well organized home is certain to help your kids excel academically.

This school year is so going to rock.

Happy Learning!