6 steps to organize your kids school papers

School has started and I’m already dreading all the home work I’m going to get. Yes that’s right! papers and more papers.  Schools have a lot of information and  forms for parents to sign and if you have more than one child these can very easily get out of control.

There are..
-permission forms
-PTA forms ( I might bight the bullet and volunteer this year, than again?)
-insurance ( apparently kids need school insurance)
-book orders
-consent forms
-field trip money and permission forms
-activity forms

And that is just this week, wait until homework really gets underway.
Now multiply  all this by 3 kids. If you are not organized this could mean counters and your dinning room table full of clutter.

Wait I forgot backpacks and lunch bags.

How do you keep all this under control when you are selling your home? I have been looking at some easy and creative Ideas to stay organized and be able to clean up fast when you have a showing.
If you have already prepared your house for sale, you should have done a lot of decluttering and the last thing you want to do is clutter it back up.

The good thing is that you should have an empty cabinet somewhere.

130Back To School: Our Organized Entry
found on iheartorganizing,blogspot.ca

 

I love these cabinets from simpify101.comKids' Homework: Fun Spaces, Stations and Caddiesneed to organize home office.How to Update an Organizing System: The Story of an Organized Homework Cabinet

1- Find a cabinet that is fairly empty and use that as your kids school organizing cabinet. This will make it easy to put your file box and other school supplies
you can then close the doors at a moments notice when prospective buyers come for a viewing.

2- get a small basket or box to hold files.
use a folder for each child and write their name on it.
keep any papers that you need for future reference.How To Organize Kid’s School PapersStorex Letter/Legal File Tote With Locking Handle, Clear/Silver for sale at Walmart Canada. Get Office & Stationery online for less at Walmart.ca

 

3- everyday check your child’s backpack and sign forms right away (that way you won’t forget or let them pile up)  give them back to your child to put back in their bag to give back to their teachers.
some forms don’t need to be handed in right away, so put these in the child’s folder, and mark in the calender the day they must be returned. Also mark important dates.

4- get a basket or tray for each child
these are for putting art work or homework-projects they are working on.
check this weekly and throw out anything they don’t want to keep.

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5- make a little caddy and keep school supplies to do homework. You can make one using empty tin cans and hot glue them together.  You will need
-crayons, markers
-glue sticks
-scissors
-ruler and erasers
-pencils and pens
-tape, stapler
keeping all this in a caddy will be easy to put away quick if your agent gives you short notice of a viewing.

Here are some ideas I found on pinterest

I like this idea for a pencil holder...  nothing too fancy, but it is solid and wouldn't tip easily...
thelongthread.com
Pink and Green Mama: * Kid-Friendly Spaces and Toy Storage Solutions In Our Home... wow! This family sure has a lot of "stuff" but it is very, very well organised...
found at Pink and Green Mama

crayon storage and homework caddy... like how the cans are in a basket instead of upcycled box

6- Backpacks- hang hooks inside the entrance closet / laundry room or mud room if you have one. To avoid having them on the ground or worse on top of the dinning room table. Put then in an area that it’s not the first thing a buyer sees when they walk in the door.

Great alternative to buying a coat rack - paint a stripe in a fun color and hang individual hooks. I'm turning the coat closet into a pantry so I'll need hanging space.
found on houzz.com

Another good place is the child’s bedroom in their closet, remember we don’t want it to look cluttered.

over the door "purse" strap for the diaper backpack and camera bag

These simple steps should make it easy to keep your child’s school stuff organized.

 

 

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