1. As summer comes to a close, make sure you have decluttered school paperwork and art work from last year and past years.  This can be a family project or an individual one, but be sure to save only the best original work and anything that your children need for future studies.  Provide each of your children with a memory box to store the keepers.
  2. Make sure your paper organizing systems are working – your kids school papers should not be mixed with your work papers and neither of those categories should be mixed with your personal papers.  Pay close attention to your flow of paper (how it comes into your space) and designate areas to maintain each category.
  3. Designate an area/space in your home to devote to school instruction and an area to devote to doing homework. You know your child best, but listen to them and their ideas.They may feel strongly about needing space that is filled with sunlight, or, a space quiet enough that they can concentrate without a lot of household noise.   If you have multiple children, have a family discussion on the topic and get everyone’s input.
  4. Provide them with the tools they need.  A caddy or holder of some variety that contains items such as extra paper or notebooks, pens, pencils, markers, scissors, a ruler, glue or tape, a calculator, chargers for their devices and any other necessary supplies can be kept in a holder that moves with them from space to space.
  5. Designate a healthy snack drawer.  It is often important for kids to take breaks. And, it is important for them to be able to access some healthy snacks. Designate one drawer or cabinet in your kitchen for healthy snacks that are easily reachable for your kids.  This way they can get what they need and not interrupt you in the process.