How do you stay organized during the school year?
What do you do to not get lost in the sea of papers your kids bring home from school each day?
Where do important papers go?
What ‘tricks’ have kept your family organized during this busy back-to-school time?
The very funny thing about this ‘2 Tricks to an Organized School Year’ is that I started the video for it right after I sent How Every Family Can Start the School Year Off Right live.
And I was all proud of the video piece, and I was all smilin’ from the great feedback and emails I received from readers about the blog post, and I was all feelin’ good about how organized our life was. Everything was well and good.
Then I walked up to school and picked up Maddy, Owen, Cora, and two of their friends.
They played at the park for a while, ate some snacks, played some more, and we then came on home. I did not–and I repeat–did not follow my own advice that I share in today’s video because, well, it was Friday.
And it was a double playdate.
And it was a long weekend.
And we were planning on heading out for one last hurrah at the pool.
And, well, it was Friday.
And what we realized–on Sunday!–was that we didn’t have Owen’s backpack with us.
Backpack. Gone. Missing. Nada. Zip. Zero on the O-Man’s backpack.
We were so totally organized, and we were so totally starting the school year off right that we lost our kid’s backpack the first week of school.
Somehow, I managed to bring home five lunchboxes, a few extra bags, a few water bottles, five kids, and four backpacks. Four.
The good news was that on Monday, we packed Owen’s soccer backback, we all walked up to school, and we all hit the good ole Lost and Found. And lo an behold, sitting right there, in the center of the stage in the All Purpose Room (because it was, after all, day six of school so the Lost and Found box wasn’t even out yet), was Owen’s backpack.
Sitting there, all lonely through the long weekend, waiting for us to find it.
Owen and his backpack were reunited. Woot!
Here’s the skinny. . .
- 2 Tricks to an Organized School Year: Take ‘em or leave ‘em, but know that even as hard as I try, I’m totally far from perfect. I’m just doing what I can to get by with a smile on my face, keeping the family smiling and sneaking in a little learning–for all of us–along the way.
Hopefully you can find the humor in the lost backpack experience, considering the fact that in this video I’m all about staying organized, and I mention more than once that organization is an every day, every hour, all-the-time job.
Maybe I should stay more on top of things, huh?
What are YOUR tricks for staying organized through the school year? Is there something you’ve done that’s really worked? Do tell!