Back to School Organization for Mom

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September is our annual signal it’s time for back to school organizing, and that includes moms as well.  While getting kids organized for the start of a new school year, why not indulge in a little “back to school” cleanup of our own.  Here are a few tips to help MOM get herself better organized for the coming months, as the (not so) lazy days of summer are drawing to a close.

Get Back To A Routine:

September is great for relaxing the rules and being spontaneous.  And that doesn’t have to screech to a halt when the first leaf hits the ground.  But fall is a great time to re-establish routines and put structure back into our week.  One routine to establish is taking time on Sunday evening to plan out as much as possible for the week ahead.  Some things to plan might be:

  • dinner menus
  • sack lunch menus; also, which days kids will be getting school lunches and which days will bring their lunch
  • grocery lists
  • chores for the week
  • after school appointments and activities

One way might be to take a little time during the day (maybe even gather everyone together) and update everyone’s planner/calendar at the same time.  Then everyone knows what is happening each day, and if there are conflicts with events they can be ironed out ahead of time.


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Need ideas for using a family calendar to organize?  Check out “Using A Calendar As A Family Organizer.”

If you prefer a more high tech approach, rather than a paper calendar or planner, a great tool for scheduling is the app Cozi.  It syncs up with multiple phones for a streamlined family organization system.  It includes color-coded calendars, to-do lists, and daily schedules you can access through a tablet or phone.

Organize and Declutter Devices:

Delete any unused or outdated apps to clear up space and streamline your computer and phone.  Also, get rid of old photos, messages, etc.  While you are deleting, create files for your devices to re-organize the remaining apps, photos, etc.  Goal – get rid of the clutter and unnecessary, and organize what you need and truly want.

Try an app like Evernote or Dropbox to store files and images that you want to keep handy.

Create Reminders For Back To School:

Finally sidestep the usual hectic rush of back to school mornings by creating reminders, or set a series of reminder alarms on your phone.  I already talked about setting up routines, and taking time on Sunday night to plan for the week ahead – one of those routines should be making reminders for yourself.  Don’t miss that dentist appointment, early morning meeting, etc.

These can either be paper reminders, or digital.  If you opt for paper, use sticky notes on the bathroom mirror, refrigerator, etc.  Anywhere that you and your kids will be sure to see the reminder.  If you want an automatic reminder each day, just set reminder alarms on your phone to quell back to school chaos.  Or use a mixture of both!

Here are some ideas for reminder watches and clocks for you kids – to keep them on track!

Better line® Digital Kids Watch Band with Hourly Chime, Stopwatch, Daily Alarm & Calendar (Rose Red)

Wake Up Light Alarm Clock,[2017 Upgraded] Sunrise Simulator With 7 Color Night for Heavy Sleepers with 6 Nature Sounds, FM Radio, Touch Control and USB Charger by Ailuki

Digital Alarm Clock for Kids, Jiemei 7 Colors LED Changing Night Light Alarm Clocks with Battery Operated for Bedroom and office desk, Blue

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Create You Own Work Zone:

If you don’t have one, create a work space of your own.  Set up an area with good light, and a counter or table that you can use for paying bills, maintaining paperwork, etc.  And make sure that you remove distractions from around your work area; i.e. not too close to the TV, etc.  To minimize even more distractions, face the desk or table toward a wall or window instead of having it face the center of the room.  In addition, you can create privacy with a folding screen or room divider, freestanding bookcase, etc.

To make bill paying less painful, check out “5 Tips for Easier Bill Paying.”

If you have trouble with organizing important papers, check out “6 Tips to End Paper Clutter.”

As a result of taking time now to address trouble areas, you will be able to work more efficiently all year.  And you will be setting a great example for your kids.  Seeing you stay organized will help them in staying on top of their own schedule.  Because this is a skill they (and you) will use for the rest of their lives!

What’s your favorite “back to school” organizational tip?  Share it in the comments below, or if you have a blog, share the link to your post so we can all benefit from more organizational ideas.  Thanks!

Are you a solo mom, in need of some encouragement?  Check out these links:

Build a Single Moms Support Group

Organizing Children’s Paper Clutter

6 Tips to End Paper Clutter


7 thoughts on “Back to School Organization for Mom

  1. These are great tips. My little is a toddler, so no school yet. But I’ve definitely been in an organizational mood lately. I haven’t gotten very far, so you have motivated me to get busy!

    1. Yah! I am so glad that I could help motivate you to become better organized. I am going through a re-organization phase myself, and using back to school time as inspiration for myself and my daughter. She just started her freshman year of high school, so big changes there! And we went from homeschool the past two years, to our local public high school. But she’s doing great so far! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. You made my day! 🙂

  2. I agree! Even though it’s the kids going back to school, us mom’s have to be prepared too. Setting the routine before the new school year begins, for kids and parents, definitely helps!

    1. Thanks Angela! We need to set a good example for our kids, along with making sure that we are able to stay on top of things, now that schedules are changing. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, and thanks for the feedback! Have a great week!

  3. My fave organizational tip would be to pack snack bags and lunches the night before. We’ve been in school almost two weeks now and so far, I’ve been “good” about doing this…as much as I don’t like doing so! It does make a difference of time and sanity in the mornings though. Visiting from Wine’d Down Wednesday party.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, and for the comment! We start school on September 5th (right after Labor Day), so we are a little behind all of you. I love your tip about packing snack bags and lunches the night before! That’s a great idea, and makes mornings so much easier. Thanks for visiting from Wine’d Down Wednesday’s party. I love that group! 🙂

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