Back to school lunch organization can be a hassle, but if you get your kids involved, it can be a breeze. Create bins filled with lunch items. Swipe right to see how to set up your bins. Crackers in one bin, juice boxes in another, fruit in yet another...you get the picture. The night before, have your kids choose 1 item from each bin to put in their lunches. Having your kids choose their own lunches also insures that they are more likely to eat what has been packed.
Here's the big question about back to school? What the heck do you do with all that paperwork? You love everything your child brings home, but no one can keep all that!! Choose what you love most and take a photo. Use the photos to create an album. You can print the albums through services such as @chatbooks. Now you have all of your favorite art and schoolwork pieces in one tidy book!
Even though kids are back to school in August, there is still one last big weekend of summer. Labor Day! Take advantage of the last 3 day weekend of summer with a family trip. Don't have anyone to stay with the family pet? No problem! I do pet sitting!! Your pooch stays home, and I take care of the rest. And, I can even set up that command center for you while you are away :)
Take charge of screens! My friend doesn't allow screens in the kids rooms when it's time for bed. Create a new rule: Instead of allowing devices that can distract from getting ready for bed and getting to sleep, have the kids dock their electronics in a communal caddy. (It's a pretty good rule for adults, too.)
Another tip for setting up your command center is to hang things neatly, in a grid. A neat and tidy display will keep your mind calm. Hang items straight, with space around them. Edit regularly. Pretty invitations are worth saving, but after the party is over, transfer them to your keepsakes folder. Toss expired schedules and school notices ASAP.
Great tips from @marthastewart
Let's be honest, if your command center isn't cute, you'll not want to use it. What works for you—flowers, a thoughtful quotation, pictures of faraway destinations? Get to accessorizing to be sure you stick to using the space.
These great ideas from @marthastewart
Find the right spot for your command center. Whether it's a corner in the kitchen, a nook in a hallway, or a centrally located home office, having a central hub is key. Determine what belongs here and what doesn’t. Suggested yeses: bills, sports schedules, medical records, school papers with short-term relevance. No's: backpacks, 3-D art projects, magazines, newspapers. If you don't have a system, your command center will become hot mess central!
Let's take charge of that command center with 10 things to toss right now!
- Expired coupons
- Old invitations
- Out-of-date school forms
- The overflow of paper clips (anything beyond a small handful)
- Duplicate water bottles you never use
- Random product manuals (you can usually find them online)
- Broken electronics
- Pens that don't work
- Extra change jars (consolidate all coins into one container)
- Random knickknacks that landed here, like key chains and piñata prizes
It's back to school season! Here in San Diego, some schools are back in session as early as late July, with the last ones coming online at the end of August. No matter when your little darlings head back to the classroom, have your command center set up and ready to take charge of all of that paper, projects, sports and schedules.
Keep your utility closet under control sometimes feels like you need the help of a super hero. To avoid letting your brooms, mops, and dustpans from taking over, go with wall hangers to help keep these items in place.