With the start of school just around the corner, you know the whirl of activity is about to begin. This year, be ready. These five items will make your life a little easier — and more clutter-free.
Dry-erase wall calendar – Hang an erasable calendar in the kitchen. Give each family member a different color and make sure new events get marked on the calendar as they arise. Clipboards on hooks or Post-it pockets are great for holding schedules, phone lists, or paperwork to be completed.
Plastic storage bins – These can be used throughout the house, from storing school supplies in the den to snacks in the pantry and outgrown kids clothing in the attic. Purchase heavy-duty plastic bins with a firmly snapping lids. Be sure to mark clearly on the outside what’s housed inside.
Labeled file bins — Paperwork can often be frustrating. Get folders or stacking bins that can be placed where mail and paperwork lands. Once mail is opened, put it in one of three bins: To do, to pay, to file. Do it every time, so paperwork doesn't stack up.
Weekly meal menu — The thought of a week of meals can be daunting. But consider this a sketch, not a full picture. Map out your food needs for each day of the week, with a rough idea of what meals need to be prepared ahead and those that can come together quickly when time is short. With a menu completed, shopping will be made easier, too.
Shoulder bags — Purchase a few inexpensive carry-all bags that can be designated for the activities or sports your kids will participate in. These can hold shoes, hats, uniforms, gloves, whatever gear goes with the activity. Make sure you and the kids place it in the same spot in the house so it's quickly within reach.
More questions about how to get organized? Check out stayorganizedwithus.com or visit their page on Facebook.
Take an Organization Workshop
Organizing Your Life: Back to School at Collierville Burch Library - Halle Room
Thursday, July 23, from noon until 1:30 p.m.
Registration required. Go to colliervillelibrary.org or call 457-2601