Even Moms Need a Back to School Workstation
With the kids back in school, activities may have increased for the parents of the house. Tracking all the different after school and weekend activities from dance to soccer, from trumpet lessons to art classes, from math tutors to volunteer programs is hard for a parent to manage. Having multiple children that have different activities and different homework can also be challenging. Managing your children’s schedule during the school year can actually be a full time job.
As a parent, having a command center or central workstation to help manage all the different happenings from week to week and from child to child is a vital way to keep yourself and your family organized. This workstation can consist of a few key components to get everyone organized.
Whether you use a printed calendar or an electronic calendar, having a central location for everyone’s activities including the adults will help keep everyone organized. A calendar can help identify if a child needs to be driven somewhere to attend an event or if the whole family is going to grandmother’s for dinner. Identifying school field trips and after school activities will help keep an account of where everyone needs to be and when.
With all the technology being used by adults and children, adding a centralized charging area to your desk or workstation will give everyone a central place to get their cameras, phones, laptops, tablets and much more charged. Having this centralized area will also help everyone in the family know where there electronics are in case they feel they lose them and also host the variety of charger connections to meet every electronic need.
Nothing is worse than a forgotten permission slip to attend a great field trip or a forgotten set of refreshments for sports practice. Keep a bin or folder on the desk that houses all the necessary information for the upcoming week or two. This will give parents time to review the folder every week and review the calendar of events to know where everyone needs to be and what is expected of everyone in the family. It will also help assign tasks and responsibility to all family members to meet the week’s needs.
Toss it, Act on it, or File it
This concept applies with both paper coming into your home and emails to your inbox. This philosophy of tossing out a piece of paper or deleting a file that is not relevant, acting on it or file it away for a later time can help prioritize the activities in the family. It can also help by not distracting your from the items and information that is relevant to helping your family. So keeping a waste basket and a small filing system nearby can help with this task.
Depending on what the family needs, having small canisters around the work area with little items like paper clips or pens and post items, can help you be more organized. Maybe adding a little note to your kids lunch boxes can be a surprise treat or just a reminder of their day’s activities. Having a centralized place for this items will also keep them organized in one location rather than finding them all over the house or not at all when they are needed.
These simple organizational tips can help you have a centralized location that keeps the whole family informed of the activities and adventures of the school year.