August. How did it get here so fast? Seems like just yesterday we were finishing up what was probably the most challenging school year ever. But the new school year is starting and it’s time to get organized so that the transition from summer to actually GOING to school will go as smoothly as possible. Creating a drop zone for the items your kids need for school will prevent the chaos and craziness that ensues when you’re rushing out the door and bookbags, shoes, raincoats, and lunch boxes are nowhere to be found. Check out the following tips for creating a back to school drop zone:
- KEEP IT SIMPLE
The whole idea is to create a space that can be maintained by your children. So, keep it simple. It is ok if you want to make it cute, but too much “stuff” defeats the purpose of keeping things organized.
- DESIGNATE A SPOT THAT IS CONVENIENT
Your kids will be ready to drop their bags the minute they walk through the door, so the drop zone should be easily accessible. Picking the perfect spot will go a long way toward making this system work for your family. Home: Entryway & Drop Zone
- USE HOOKS FOR HANGING BAGS
You can experiment with different ideas to see what works best for you and your family.Keep book bags off the floor and counter tops by providing hooks for hanging. Use labels of some sort to designate spots for each child.
- MAKE ROOM FOR IMPORTANT PAPERS
There is nothing worse than discovering that you have no idea where the permission slip for your child’s field trip is on the day of the field trip! It is probably not the end of the world, but if you have to get to work, chances are you don’t have time to run by the school and sign another slip. Make sure that never happens by having a special place for important school related papers.
- DESIGNATE A SPOT FOR TRASH/RECYCLING
Kids’ book bags can easily and quickly become receptacles for “trash”. Papers, wrappers, dirty tissues etc. get stuffed in every corner and crevice of your child’s bag.If you’re going to provide a “drop zone” for book bags and lunch boxes, make sure you provide trash and recycling containers where they can clean out said bags/boxes.
- INCLUDE A PLACE FOR SHOES
If you don’t want your kids running through the house in their outdoor shoes, be sure to have a shoe rack of some kind where they can place them.This is also a sure way to make sure they can find their shoes in the morning rush out the door to get to school on time!
- BE CREATIVE
There are so many good ideas for drop zones available on the internet. Whether you are utilizing a small space or you have a whole mud room to work with, be creative and make it a space that fits in with the décor of your home.
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