I love feeling organized. But organization only works if your system actually works for you. I have a couple of things that have worked for me in getting and staying organized in regards to school.
First is my Binder System. To keep things simple and clear, I set up a binder for each boy - one green and one blue (these are also their "colors") - and this is for papers that i need to hold onto throughout the school year. Papers such as handbooks, lunch receipts, schedules, etc. Rather than a pile pf papers, I have a binder I can quickly flip through to find things.
I made tabs for inside each binder to separate the papers by category. For Elementary School I included: Classroom, School, Aftercare, Lunch Program and PTO. For Pre-School I included Classroom, School, Health and Welfare and PTO. As the kids got older, I just adjusted the tabs and added any for new activities (like band) or took away ones I no longer needed (like after school care).
When the kids bring home papers I may need to refer back to - I punch holes and put them in the binder, behind the relevant topic tab. At the end of the school year, I save anything sentimental (welcome letter from the teacher) and toss the rest in the recycling!
Another thing that really works for us, is our homework cart. We don't have a big house, and I don't want the kids doing homework in their rooms. To keep homework mess to a minimum in my dining room (where we do our homework) I bought a multi-drawer plastic cart on casters at an office supply store. I made labels for each drawer (Current, Supplies, Writing, Games and Puzzles, Math, and Reading). School supplies are separated according to subject and the top drawer remains for current homework and projects. Library books go in a bin on top.
How do you stay organized for the school year?
As an update, I want to tell you that I am STILL using this system - the boys share the homework cart and one of them is going into High School and the other one is in Elementary School. And the Binder system still works as well.
catch you soon -
This post is linked up at Way Back Wednesday.