Tips and Tricks To Make Family Life More Organized & Less Stressful

July 05, 2022

 A typical school day can leave parents feeling overburdened and frazzled. Between rousing the children from their sleep, resolving arguments over what to wear, preparing lunches, searching for missing footwear, transporting everyone to school and then to their after-school activities, supervising homework, and preparing dinner, parents may find themselves feeling overwhelmed and frazzled. Utilise these time- and space-saving techniques and resources for the entirety of your family to get the new school year off to a well-organized start and get a head start on the competition. You will begin each day prepared, organized, and able to take on whatever challenges your hectic day may bring.


Establish a routine as soon as possible.

The transition from the carefree days of summer to the hectic days at the start of the school year might feel like a jarring awakening. You might find it helpful to print off a morning routine checklist and keep it on the refrigerator for easier mornings. Your child will be able to stay on track with their schoolwork and other responsibilities during the afternoons with the aid of a simple after-school routine checklist as well.

Make menus for the school's lunch and dinner each week.

Developing a plan for the week's meals at the beginning of the week may need some forethought and preparation, but it will make going to the supermarket and preparing lunches a breeze. At the beginning of each week, jot down some ideas for meals on a menu board that has a dry-erase surface, and then center your shopping trip around those ideas. You are going to be astounded by the amount of time (and stress!) that this saves you.

Build a homework station

If your child has all he needs for his studies, then the chaos that typically surrounds homework time in your home will be much reduced. Gather all of the supplies that are frequently used by your child so that you can set up your station (this may vary from grade to grade, but pencils, highlighters, homework flags, labels, paper clips, and math supplies are a good place to start.) Make use of a tray or box to orderly store your goods, and then put it in a convenient location, such as on your kitchen table or your child's desk. When everything is organized and neatly packed, it is much simpler to put away your materials when they are no longer required.

Sort out drawers and closets

When it comes to picking out an outfit for the day, does your child take an excessive amount of time to decide?  Create a hanger for each day of the school week, and at the beginning of each week, have your kid choose the ensembles she or he would like to wear to school to go with the corresponding hanging.  When they wake up in the morning, they will know precisely what to put on since they have already hung them up. During the time that you are cleaning out and organizing their closets, you should use the opportunity to switch out their winter clothes for your summer attire and make some additional space by giving away old shoes and items that are too small for them. It can be helpful to do this for the adults in the house as well.

Create a bulletin board for your family

Make a bulletin board and use it to exhibit artwork, keep critical papers accessible, and post schedules. You should separate it into parts for each member of your family so that it is simpler for you to maintain tabs on the requirements of each of your children. In addition to helping you conserve space, a vertical wall organizer that includes folders for each member of the family is an excellent way to store essential school documents, homework assignments, and anything else that you might use during the week. After all, teachers use organizers and bulletin boards to manage a whole class of students - it will work for you!

Have a family calendar

Never undervalue the usefulness of a well-organized daily schedule! Choose a single location to record all of your personal appointments, activities for your children, events, and reminders, regardless of whether you prefer the tried-and-true pen-and-paper kind or the more technologically sophisticated applications and mobile calendars. It is also a good idea to have a family calendar that everyone in the household can view, so that everyone is aware of the schedules of the other members of the household and may make their own entries. There are a number of mobile applications that can assist keep everyone on the same page:

Take control of your to-do lists.

It can be challenging to keep track of all of your to-do lists, and this is especially true if you scribble them down on random pieces of paper as you go along. Your family's to-do lists may be easily synchronized with one another using free applications and websites. This makes it simple to exchange shopping lists, keep track of tasks, and manage duties from any device or computer in the household.

Organize a mudroom

Make sure your children have a clean, well-organized place to store their footwear, backpacks, outerwear, and sporting equipment, regardless of whether you have a true mudroom or simply an area by the front door or in the garage. A few simple hooks and baskets can do the trick and prevent you from having to rush every morning and from having to stare at chaos every night.

Create a lunch time packing station

If you want your mornings to go more smoothly, one of the finest things you can do is to pack your lunch the night before. Create a space dedicated to the preparation of lunches, and keep lunch materials in close proximity. Put your favorite foods, such as fruit cups, granola bars, crackers, and other snacks, in a few containers and store them in the pantry. Find a comparable area in the refrigerator where you can store cold foods. After that, all that is left for you to do is collect lunch things from each location. Because it will be so simple, your children will also be able to prepare their own lunches on their own. Try doing a quick search on Google for "printable lunch box notes" if you are the type of parent who likes to include notes in their children's lunches. You will get access to a large number of funny and cute printables, such as sayings and jokes. Then all you need to do is grab one, scribble down some personal information on it, and tuck it neatly into one of the lunch bags.

Create a filing system for the papers that are brought home

It is possible to feel overburdened, particularly if your child is younger and continues to bring a substantial amount of artwork home on a daily basis. The family control center is the place where people should take documents that require prompt attention. Those that you might want to save should be stored in a container so that at the conclusion of the school year, you can snap a picture of them for a unique "my year at school" book, and then the absolute best ones should be kept for their memory bucket.

Include your kids with the cleaning and other chores around the house.

If you want to teach your child important life skills and give them a greater sense of self worth, achievement, and independence, involving your child in the cleaning, cooking, and other household tasks might feel like more of a chore. After all, it can take much longer, and you can almost certainly guarantee that the end result will not be as good as if you did it all yourself. However, doing so will teach your child important life skills and give them the opportunity to become more independent. 

Get medical records in order

Check with your institution to see if there are any allergy-related forms or medical paperwork that has to be filled out. Make sure that your child's vaccines are up to date, and check with any sports teams or after-school activities that your child participates in to see whether they require their most recent physical results.

If you get all of this paperwork now and get it out of the way, your first week back at school will go by a lot more quickly and smoothly.

Prepare a space for studying or doing homework at home.

Your children will need a specific location in which to complete their schoolwork and homework, regardless of whether you teach them at home, send them to school, or engage in some other kind of blended education.

Find a place or area in your house that is conducive to your child's development as a first step. This location might be in a shared space (such a kitchen or a family room), or it could be a desk in the privacy of their own room, depending on the child's age and the level of support they require.

Your children will benefit from having a cork, magnetic, or pin board that can be hung on the wall. They may use it to post documents, reminders, and a homework schedule. This is a location that has to be within reach of their desk or work area in order for them to be able to easily add or remove significant things on a consistent basis.

The end aim is to encourage them to stop working from their laps and instead work in a proper set-up with a table and chair. This will allow them to create good habits, properly work on their handwriting, and have room to spread out all of their supplies.

Explore creating your own mobile supply station using a basic cart on wheels that can be quickly wheeled in and out of the room (like the kitchen table) when it is time to do homework. This is an option to consider if finding a dedicated desk space is not available.

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