Getting Your Kids Organized for School in 5 Quick Steps


Visitors: 946

“Getting organized” is more than eliminating clutter and creating neat storage systems. One of the most important areas of organizing is task management. It’s never too early (or too late) to teach kids how to get and stay organized with schoolwork. The skills they learn now will carry over into high school, college, and ultimately, their careers and home management as adults.

1. Establish a great homework routine. With your child, determine the best time for daily school work and stick with it. For some kids, it will be right after school. Others may need some downtime to play, and then it’s time to hit the books. The most important thing is to stick to the schedule so your child knows what’s expected.

2. Set up the space. Have a designated study area, such as the kitchen table. But for unique assignments, allow for some flexibility such as moving to a rocking chair for reading chapter books. Create a school supply box and keep it well stocked with supplies (paper, pens, pencils, crayons, scissors, glue, ruler, sticky notes, calculator, etc. ) so kids don’t have an excuse to get up.

3. Make sure you know what’s going on. Instruct children to unload their backpacks as soon as they come home. Have them hang up their bags in a designated area (try a coat rack, pegs on the wall, or a wicker laundry basket near the front door) for easy access tomorrow and bring homework to the designated study area. Check in each day so you’re aware of their workload and take special care when they seem overwhelmed.

4. Encourage the use of lists and planners. The older kids get, the more homework and activities they’ll have. Teach them to manage their tasks with the use of simple lists or a planner/calendar of some sort. Office supply stores sell ones with cute kid- friendly designs, or use computer lists (or even PDAs) for techie kids. When they learn of upcoming assignments, tests, or events, they should write them down in their planners.

5. Encourage color coding. Color affects our mood and memory. Let kids pick the colors of their folders and notebooks to correspond to different classes. If green reminds them of science, then they’ll know instantly to grab the green notebook when looking for their science notes.

Copyright 2005 Time to Organize. All rights reserved.

Sara Pedersen, veteran professional organizer, is the author of the FREE e-newsletter “Organzing Dreams. " Sign up today at to receive your FREE quarterly subscription. Then, make YOUR organizing dreams come true by visiting where you'll find dozens of organizing tips, before and after photos, an interactive quiz and much more.


Article Source:

Rate this Article: 
Do After School Programs Mean Too Much School For Kids?
Rated 4 / 5
based on 5 votes

Related Articles:

Kids Back in School - Tips For Getting Organized

by: Terri Forehand (August 12, 2008) 
(Self Improvement/Organizing)

Kids in School? Check Out the School Systems Before You Buy a New Home

by: Aldene Fredenburg (November 21, 2005) 
(Reference and Education)

School's Out! Get Organized For Summer Fun

by: Donna Ridgeway (June 05, 2008) 
(Self Improvement/Organizing)

Parents Guide to Elementary School - Help Your Kids Through School

by: Wendy Pan (October 13, 2008) 
(Home and Family/Parenting)

Five Quick Tips to Raise Your Middle School or High School Student's Performance

by: Leanne Hoagland-Smith (January 05, 2006) 
(Reference and Education)

Organized Kids - Not an Oxymoron!

by: Nancy Peham (May 04, 2006) 
(Self Improvement/Organizing)

Quick & Easy Kids Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids

by: Nicole Dean (October 03, 2005) 
(Home and Family/Holidays)

Five Tips on How Teachers Can Be More Organized and Avoid Teacher Stress Early ..

by: Dorit Sasson (September 07, 2008) 
(Reference and Education)

Back to School - Five Green, Eco-Friendly Tips For Sending Your Kids Back to ..

by: Laura Halik (August 15, 2008) 
(Kids and Teens)

Do After School Programs Mean Too Much School For Kids?

by: Scotie Keithlow (March 16, 2008) 
(Reference and Education)