Back-to-school preparations are probably already on your mind. If so, here are my tips for getting everything organized and getting through it smoothly.
The first step is to go through your children's fall-winter clothes and put aside everything that no longer works. Don't worry, there's no need to buy a new back-to-school collection of clothes. I myself remember being at the bus stop with my tights and my corduroy jacket, when it was 28 degrees Celsius outside! Children will probably be able to wear their summer-worn Bermuda shorts and sandals for the first month of school.
However, to make dressing easier, I strongly recommend that you prepare their clothes the day before. If all the pieces are gathered on a hanger, or in a small basket, the child will only have to grab it all in the morning. If you want to be even more efficient, feel free to select sets for every day of the week. Depending on the age and interest of the child, he can of course prepare everything himself!
With all the restrictions (allergies, environment, the tastes of the child, etc.), lunches are a real headache. What I suggest is to switch to “assembly” mode. This principle consists of preparing everything in advance: washing and cutting fruits and vegetables, cooking a whole chicken or a dozen hard-boiled eggs, preparing a dozen (or two) muffins, etc.
When it's time to fill the lunch box, just choose and assemble. This is all the easier in a lunch box with compartments. You can also use silicone muffin cups to put in the smaller pieces. For an endless bank of ideas, visit Easy LunchBox.
The entrance: the place for the whole family
It is very easy to lose control of the entrance to a house and, let's face it, what could be worse than coming home after a long day and getting your feet kicked as soon as you open the door! To have an organized entry, the challenge is to:
- keep only seasonal items and store the rest;
- determine a place for each thing, according to how often you use it;
- arrange the children's things at their height, so that they participate in the organization of the space;
- have a storage compartment such as a locker for the mail, a ribbon for the sunglasses or a vase for the keys.
The homework area
The School Success company sums up the importance of a space reserved for children's homework and lessons: "The homework period, whatever you think, should never be for you and your child synonymous with drudgery or a difficult moment that you would like to see pass quickly. But how to make this obligatory passage a pleasant moment? You must first give your child the tools to value this moment in his eyes and this begins above all with the development of an appropriate workspace. »
So think about creating a positive, inspiring and functional workplace: encouraging quotes hanging on the wall, storage containers to avoid clutter, a visible calendar to get organized, etc. By taking into account the ideas and needs of the child, the homework area will undoubtedly be more appreciated.
To avoid having to repeatedly search the corner for lost objects, I advise you to identify everything. It is very frustrating for parents when children misplace their personal items because it is not only a waste of time but also a waste of money. The Colle à moi company offers a range of personalized labels that you can order online. Their labels have proven themselves, as they are resistant to washing, dishwasher and microwave.