Saturday, September 10, 2011

Back To School- An Organizing MOMent

Can you believe kindergarteners have homework? I don't remember ever having it when I was in school. But then again, that about 25 years ago! I am kinda glad Sassy Britches has homework though. It gives me a chance to see what she is learning daily and to help her in areas that she needs improvement (currently that area is knowing her left from her right, but other than that, she's doing great!). The Hubs and I both believed in being an active part in our children's education- from helping and being hands on with their homework to volunteering at their school, to being attendees to their PTO meetings.
To make homework time a bit more organized, I made this cute little homework station, AKA our dining room table. I purchased one of those shower caddies you see everywhere during Back to School shopping, intended for dorm residing college students I assume, but I found they are perfect for housing crayons, markers, glue sticks, pencils and other school supplies that may be required for various homework assignments. It cost me a whopping $2, LOL! It sits smack dab in the middle of our dining room table which has taken on as many roles in our house as I have!

I also purchased a large desk calendar, which I hot glued magnets to the back of to hang on my refrigerator, in my assigned "family command center". Its the go-to place for everyone to know whats going on and when. While colored Sharpie markers were on sale, I assigned a color for each family member, one for school events, one for birthdays, one for cheerleading, one for my Jafra parties (I am a beauty consultant), etc. It makes knowing what is going on so much easier for everyone.

Moms- what are some things you have done to make going back to school more organized in your household? Do you have a family command center designated in your home?


  1. These types of containers are also great for our patients. Their loved ones get them something similar and it helps to corral their things that they keep on their bedside table. Stuff is always falling on the floor and this is great to keep it from doing that. Also when the kids were growing up I used a calendar the same way with a different color for each of us.

  2. There is absolutely nothing I love more than organizing and getting ready for school; not the actual work, that's another story. My kids aren't in school yet, but you better believe a calendar on the fridge as well as a detailed Filofax will be in order. There is just too much to keep in that brain of ours without some help.