Guest Post: Get Organized for Back to School

This post was written by Guest Blogger Carolyn Anderson-Fermann of Simply Organized Life….

I love the idea of a fresh start. If things have gotten cluttered over the summer, back to school is a great time to make a fresh start in your home. Why wait until January 2013?

Here is what I am doing with my children to prepare for back to school before Labor Day rolls around:

1) Update the Family Binder
If you do not have a family binder, or even know what it is, now is a great time to set one up. The family binder functions as one place where you can store all of those important papers that you will need to refer to in the future. 

My family’s binder is simply a three ring binder (that I already had) filled with babysitter information, school class information and information related to activities such as swimming or soccer. I like to use and reuse Avery’s erasable tabs, so it is easy to switch from year to year.


Take the time now to clear out the old and make room for the new.  

2) Update the Calendar
By now most schools will have their annual calendars posted on-line. While more detailed calendars are forthcoming, take the time now to post all those holiday breaks and random days off into your personal calendar. 

Transferring the school, church or activity calendar into your own calendar as soon as it is available is a great habit to get into to make sure nothing slips through the cracks. 

3) Start the Schedule Shift 
Most of us let our schedules slide a bit in the summer. If your kids have turned into night owls over the last two months, now is the time to slowly shift bedtimes earlier. 

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About The Author: In 2005 Carolyn Anderson-Fermann founded Simply Organized LifeSM with the mission of helping others let go of clutter to find more time and space for the things that really matter in life. A public speaker and organizing expert, Carolyn is a Golden Circle member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). She holds an MBA from Michigan State University and brings her clients nearly 10 years of corporate experience.

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Definitely some excellent tips! I found binders on sale this week at Target. I also like to use a binder to save my daughter’s school work for each year.

For those in the Ann Arbor School District, there calendar is available online and in the Back to School book that you should have received by e-mail (if not, it is also available online). Other area school districts, charter schools, and private schools probably also have their calendars posted online.

I really need to work on the schedule shift for both my daughter and I. Our schedule has been especially late since we were in New Mexico on Mountain Time.

For more back to school tips from Carolyn, she will be holding a Getting Organized for Back to School seminar on Friday, August 17 at My Urban Toddler. Register now.

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