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Guest blogger Sarah: My son (age 8) is super disorganized. He frequently forgets his lunchbox, his homework, his jacket .... Mornings have always been a nightmare in my house.

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This year, I vowed that things were going to be different. I met with an educational consultant and did tons of research on the subject. After taking the following five steps, the chaos in our house has quieted considerably.

1) I created a well-lit workspace in our home, with all of my son's school supplies stocked and ready. That way, we don't have to waste a lot of time looking for lost notebooks or rulers.

2) I talked to my son's teacher about his disorganization issue. Before, I had always hidden the fact from teachers (or tried to hide it, anyway). After discussing it with her, I feel like I have an ally. We are working together to help my son succeed.

3) We got a big calendar and wrote down all of my son's assignments and appointments. Then we hung the calendar in the dining room in plain sight. We review it several times a day. That way, it's not a "surprise" when a paper is due or picture day is here.

4) Whenever we have to remember something the next morning, we put a Post-it on the front door the night before (i.e., "LIBRARY BOOK DUE"). Putting the note ON the door ensures that we won't forget!

5) I now strictly enforce bedtimes, since my son (like most kids) thinks a lot more clearly when he's well-rested. It's lights out at 8:30 PM -- no exceptions!

How do you help your kids stay organized? Share your strategies below.

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Vivian August 25, 2010, 4:10 PM

Thanks for this! My kid would forget his head if it weren’t attached to his body!

Suz September 2, 2010, 8:16 AM

We are still not there. My daughter is almost 11 and going into grade 6. She needs me to get her organized and then I have to stay on top of her. Last year, I conducted an experiment. Semester one, I encouraged her to be organized, but sat back. In Dec, it was determined that this was not working. In Jan, I organized her and nagged her to stay on top of it all. It went well. In April, I handed it back to her, and only encouraged, and it all went downhill again, even with the reminder notes. So I don’tknow, I may be going to college with her!
One thing that HAS helped us is the “tomorrow box”. Each kid (including me!) has a box and we put our small clothes into it the night before, and anything else that we need for the next day. it then goes on the end of the bed. Helps a lot with morning confusion.

Amanda Behrmann September 2, 2010, 8:19 PM

I wrote a blog post about my back to school organization. It has worked wonders! No more fights with my kids in the mornings. Peace, love, and harmony! We are even able to have relaxed family scripture study and prayer in the mornings. Truly a blessing.

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