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7 Expert Tips That Will Help You Organize Back to School

The late part of the summer is an intriguing time of year. Some of us, like me, are savoring the last days of the season. I’m looking forward to one final vacation before the cooler fall days arrive. For some, you have purchased your supplies, launched the kids off to college, and started your school year. In the northeast, we have about three weeks left before the kids go back. There are numerous ways you can help your kids switch from vacation to school mode. This can be done even if you’ve already begun the year. The tips I’m sharing will help make your transition and year go more smoothly and be more organized


The terrific design team at Stroller Envy was kind enough to create this fun infographic featuring my best organizing tips for back to school.



For a more in-depth look at the tips, check out my post, Organizing Help for Back to School. The seven tips coordinate with the infographic and include:

1. Cycle

2. Capture

3. Land

4. Center

5. Assess

6. Resources

7. Perspective


Have your kids returned or are about to go back to school? What is your go-to back to school organizing tip? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I invite you to join the conversation.







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Reader Comments (12)

Great tips and infographic! I like that your tips aren't just focused on this time of year but are good practices for keeping an organized home and family. #7 is the best one of all!

August 19, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

A little bit of planning before school starts is the key. Your points of 2. Capture 3. Landing 4. Center are the best. Start where you are today to prepare for the coming school year.

August 19, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Schiesl

@Janet B.- Thanks so much. I'm glad you like the infographic and tips. Core organizing principles apply to many times of year and situations. #7 is my personal favorite. It speaks to gratitude, presence, and mindfulness. Time passes so quickly, and having the awareness to appreciate what's right in front of us can bring added joy to life.

August 19, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Janet S.- Planning always helps. I suppose there are times when we do things off the cuff, but especially during these types of transition times, that planning piece helps. Then when the unexpected happens (and it surely will,) we're better prepared to respond. I love your phrasing, "Start where you are today..." Those are terrific words by which to live.

August 19, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love your info graphic, Linda! While these are wonderful back-to-school tips I believe they can be applied to everyone during a transition time - getting ready for a next season or a next chapter in life.

August 19, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

What a fun infographic to feature your great advice, Linda! That's terrific. It is a bit weird how we start so much later than everyone else... seems like many distant friends have children who went back last week. Anyway, I agree with all of your tips. It is so important to establish those locations for things like "landing" and "schoolwork." One TINY tip I offer parents of elementary aged children is to make a flip chart that you hang on the wall or doorknob that reminds children of which "special" activity they have the next day (e.g. PE, art, library, band), so that they can remember to put the associated supply in their staging area/backpack before they go to bed. It is better to run around the house hunting the library book the night before than at the moment you are dashing for the bus!

August 19, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Diane- Thank you so much. I appreciate your positive response to the graphic and tips. Thank you also for expanding on the idea that the tips can be useful for all transitions, and not just back to school time. When we're in the midst of change and uncertainty, having some stability and places we can focus or control can be helpful.

August 19, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Seana- Like you, I find it odd that there are so many start date variations with going back to school. I think it's weather-related. It's more often the southern states that start earlier so they can end earlier before it gets too hot. But it cuts into summer vacation, and I bet it messes with camp schedules also. Anyway, I digress. I LOVE your tip about the flip chart- a way to cue the kids for the next day special activities. Anything we can do to help establish the "preparing" routines and habits will be beneficial for our children not just now, but also as they grow. These are merely good life habits to make life run a bit more smoothly and with less stress. While we can't eliminate ALL stress, we can certainly reduce some of it through good habits and organizing systems.

August 19, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love your infographic and all of your tips. I think that tip #1 is important to starting the school year with a clean slate. Tip #5, assessing what your child has and replacing worn out or outgrown items is also helpful at the start of the school year. My child went back to school a couple of weeks ago, so even though it still feels like summer, we're in "back-to-school" mode now.

August 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Haworth

@Nancy- Thanks so much for your positive feedback. Beginning something new with a clean slate, helps us focus on now without bringing extra baggage from the past. Clearing the slate also helps us see growth and builds confidence for what comes next. Being that your child went back to school a few weeks ago, you're probably in full swing. How lucky they are to have your guidance, care, and fabulous organizing skills to help make that transition easier. Here's to an awesome, successful, growth-filled school year!

August 21, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Love this infographic!

August 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- Thanks so much. It's that time of year. Kids went back to school already where you live?

August 26, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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