When the right things are put into place, the home life flows more smoothly, especially when you have a family. Learn how the following simple additions to your home can help you take those busy days in stride.
Create the Right Homework Space for Each Child
A child that gets easily distracted should have his or her own quiet space to work, away from the main traffic of the house. On the other hand, a homework spot near the kitchen may be ideal for younger children, who can get some company and homework help while the adults prep dinner.
Don’t forget to include some organization in these spaces to keep chaos at bay. Drawers, labeled bins, stacked letter trays and wall pockets are all great tools to have for homework spots.
Build an After School Snack Station
Let kids grab their own after school snacks when they get home. Build an after school snack station and fill it with healthy choices that you are happy to see them eat. Concentrate on quick bites that can be easily grabbed, such as granola bars, baby carrots, fruit slices and more.
Mom Where Are My Gym Clothes?
Keeping those gym clothes clean and available is one of the more common household struggles for families, and many parents often find themselves digging through the bottom of back packs and crawling under beds the morning they are needed.
Invest in two sets of gym clothes (or sports uniforms) and keep each set in its own color coordinated drawstring bag in a hallway closet or mudroom. Provide a hook labeled “Dirty” and one labeled “Clean,” so kids can drop off or pick up a set as needed, and you always know when to get them washed.
Lunch Packing Made Simple
Whether you pack lunched the night before or do it in the morning, you can make the process easier and give kids some of the responsibility for putting together a bagged lunch. Keep sandwich items together in the fridge using a clean bin that sits on the shelf. Use another bin for lunchbox snacks. Ice packs should be in a bin in the freezer. This makes it easy to just grab and assemble.
Get a Paperwork Place
Over the course of a school year, there are many papers to sign and return. Set up a place for the paperwork to be placed when the children get home from school. A wall folder for each child, a stacked letter tray, or just a box can hold forms and tests that need to be filled and signed. This system will keep everything in place and prevent important pieces from getting lost in the shuffle.
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