Organizing for Back to School

Organizing Starts the School Year off Right

This is a guest post by our eBay Classifieds Ambassador and Professional Organizer Monica Friel. @chaostoorder

The kids will soon be heading back to school (if they haven’t already started) and now is a great time to get organized. Before the start of the school year, it’s important to have your kids feeling prepared and ready for the year ahead. Go through their closet item by item (with them preferably), asses what their needs are and make purchases accordingly.

It’s also a great time to organize the rest of the room: desk, bookshelves, cluttered corners, etc. Make sure they not only have supplies ready to go to school, but also a good place to work at home with everything they need to get their homework done.

August is the best time to purchase school supplies and stock up now for the year. Before shopping, gather all the school/office supplies you have around the house. Place them in a container and assess what you need from there. Avoid going to the store and purchasing before you know what you already have; this is how clutter is created! Remember to keep one item at the desk, and extras of that item in a container elsewhere. When you run out of something, you go to the container to refill. This can cut down clutter at any desk.

Not only is this a great time to get the kids organized, it’s also a great time of the year to plan. Schedules are coming out for school and extra-curricular activities. Input all activities and schedules you receive into your calendar ASAP. Take a look at the calendar you are currently using. Is it working for you and for your family? If you’re writing so small that you can hardly see, it may be time to switch from a week at-a-glance to a daily calendar, or vice versa.

Electronic calendars are great.If your kids have iPods, they can sync to your household calendar and contacts. If you use an electronic system, everyone can have the family schedule on hand. Reassess what you’re using and make sure the system you have going into the school year will work for you.

It’s easier to keep up with the demands of school and all the related events when you’re organized. Get systems in place now, clear space for incoming backpacks, books and supplies. Good organization at home can lead to better learning in the classroom.

It’s Classified: From desks to bookshelves and containers to backpacks, eBay Classifieds has you covered for back to school.