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Just the thought of organizing the mountain of school supplies scattered around the house can feel overwhelming. Don’t worry — our short guide can help you get those school supplies under control and ensure everything remains easy to find at home all year long.
Before you can organize school supplies, it’s important to get rid of all the items that are no longer being used and are simply taking up space. Make a clean sweep of old pens and markers that no longer work, empty glue containers, and used paper. This will leave you space to start fresh — and motivation to get going.
Using your child’s list of required school supplies as a guide, make sure you also have extras for tackling projects at home. Buying school supplies in bulk is a time-management task you’ll never regret, especially on the inevitable night before an assignment is due and there’s not a crayon to be found.
Remember that not all supplies need to be kept together. Keep enough school supplies in one area for use, and store the other supplies in a different area so you can easily replenish as needed. This ensures students’ work area isn’t covered with stuff and they have adequate space to work. Create your own supply cabinet with organizer bins or drawers that keep types of supplies sorted. This helps with time management for you and them: Kids can complete faster cleanup of their space, and you’ll spend less time hunting when you need to replenish used items.
Depending on what space is available for completing homework, the following options can be mixed and matched to create an individual supply station that works for your child. Remember to save room to display their artwork and sneak in a note of encouragement to keep them focused!
As your child gets older, consider adding the following items to their homework space to help grow their own organizational skills and keep projects on track:
You know better than anyone that once you have kids, things don’t always go according to plan. Place extra supplies in a bag you keep in your car so you’re always prepared for emergencies like realizing supplies have been forgotten on the way to school or a last-minute spill occurs on the way. Your car supply should include tissues, hand sanitizer, first-aid supplies, spare chargers and batteries, and a small number of pencils and pens in a portable case (or old water bottle). Then they can dig for what they need while you focus on driving.
For all things packing and moving, and more ideas on how to get organized this year, reach out to Self Storage Plus. We can help you get organized anytime with climate controlled storage units of all sizes. For more information, find a Self Storage Plus location near you.
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