Summer Vacation Organization

school organizationSchool’s out for summer! For those of you with students at home, this means you have just been inundated with all the school materials recently sent home. Here are a few ideas to help you weed through things and get organized and on with your summer fun!

File Your Favorites:  Go through special papers from the year with your children and decide which items they want to keep. Depending on what you have, buy a folder or storage box for each child, label it for the year and tuck it away.

Laurie gets a tub for each of her kids at the beginning of the school year for papers and marks it at the end of the year before storing in their basement. Whether it’s a folder, box or tub, this is a good spot to keep report cards and conference notes, as well as any awards and memorabilia. Everything will be kept together by grade, which will make it easier to find later!

Reuse, Recycle:  As for leftover school supplies, can any items be set aside for next year? If not, can you use the supplies for summer art projects? You might also consider donating items that are in good condition to a local charity. From there, recycle what’s left and trash items that can’t be repurposed.

The key here is to set aside some time to tackle this project soon and get it out of the way before it becomes clutter! It won’t take long and it’s also a good excuse to spend some one-on-one time with your kids reviewing the year before moving on to summer and the grade ahead. Here’s to a great summer for all!