Now that summer is officially over, and school has been underway for a few weeks, you’re probably swimming in homework papers and permission slips. Also, keeping homework assignments organized, especially if you have multiple children, can seem like an overwhelming task. We feel your pain.
In order to help your child stay on top of homework this year, here are 6 tips + tricks we think will help to keep homework time organized, which will keep the whole family sane.
1. Homework Caddy
One of the best ways to keep your kids on task at homework time is to make sure all the supplies they need are easily accessible. Instead of your child getting up every other minute to find markers or a new pencil, keep it all in one place with a homework caddy. Bonus: it’s transportable, so kids can bring it with them wherever they plop down to do their homework.
Visit CleanMama.net for simple instructions to create this caddy, as well as other tips on home keeping and organization.
2. Over-the-Door Organization
Another idea to keep all of your kids’ homework supplies in one place is an over-the door shoe hanger. You don’t just have to put shoes in them; most school supplies fit nicely in the plastic compartments. Bonus: Since you can hang it on the inside of the door, the supplies won’t take over your living space.
Go to Sophistishe.com to check out this idea, as well as a great way to organize your kids’ clothes for the school week.
3. Expandable Folder
My middle school daughter uses an expandable file folder to keep her homework assignments separated for each class. She has a tab for each subject and slips her homework into its respective file for easy access once she gets to class. Bonus: It keeps loose papers neat and clean instead of bunched up in her backpack or a binder.
Source: Teal and Lime
4. Flashcard Organization
If your child has flashcards for math or index cards for vocabulary, keep them sorted and organized with these flashcard organizers. Bonus: Use different colors for different school subjects.
Check out Teal and Lime for this and other home organization/decorating ideas!
5. Homework App
This app is designed to remind your student of homework assignments so nothing falls through the cracks (well, almost nothing…). Bonus: Subjects can be color coded for quick navigation and the calendar has 3 different modes–daily, monthly, and yearly.
6. At-home Locker System
One way we keep our kids’ homework + school papers organized is to have a place to put them. It sounds simple, but it’s a really important step. If you don’t have a place to store permission slips, class newsletters, or homework that’s due at the end of the week, they will get lost in the daily shuffle. Have a cubby or a locker system for each child–a place where you can store loose papers, unfinished homework, and even shoes + backpacks. Bonus: Check out this DIY locker system in our Life as Mama post How I Squeeze My Family of 6 into 1700 Square Feet.