Back to School Resource Roundup

apple & books Back-to-School success is LESS about what you HAVE (i.e. the perfect school supplies), and MORE about what you DO on a daily basis. Here are some of my favorite tips and resources for making things go more smoothly:

For Starters (if you read nothing else, read this):

Family Routines: 

Launch Pad:  I don’t care what you call it — launch pad, staging area, landing zone, destination station…YOU NEED ONE. (P.S. Everyone needs one, not just parents with kids!) 

Kids’ Paper Management: 

College Kids:

Tips from Parents:

Tips from Org4life Teacher Clients:

  • “If your school doesn’t already do this, make an appointment for you and your child to meet their new teacher before school starts.”
  • “Teachers don’t want gifts that say ‘Best Teacher’ and have apples on them. They want gift cards to Target, Olive Garden, and Starbucks.”

Just for fun:

  • The Mom Song  (an oldie but a goodie)
  • Org4life Tip: Search Pinterest and Google Images for phrases like “chore chart”, “locker organizing”, “entry way furniture”, “organized classroom”, etc. (Are a thousand pictures worth a million words?)

And if that’s not enough:

Teacher Client Photo Stories

These stories feature teachers in different phases of their careers:

The Art of Organizing: Jane is a recently-certified Denver art teacher whose classroom is overflowing with supplies. Click here to view Jane’s photo story.
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Teacher Gets an A+: Margaret is a 2nd grade teacher who wants to set a good example for her kids. Click here to view Margaret’s photo story.

Teacher Gets Organized for the Rest of Her Life: Linda has retired and desires to turn her house into a home so she can live there more comfortably. Click here to view Linda’s photo story.