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Paper or digital, as long as it’s accessible and reliable, your calendar is your best friend. Parties, events, carols nights, performances, awards nights – know your key dates and pop them in.
Have a reliable system for notes about what to bring/prepare for key dates – food, costumes, uniforms, swim gear, gifts etc. Ensure the information is accessible (where, when, what, who) for those that need to know.
Avoid surprises by reviewing your calendar daily. Going through it at the start of the week will help you get a sense of the big picture to mentally prepare for the week ahead.
If it takes less than 2 minutes to do, do it right away.
+ Send RSVPs
+ Fill out forms
+ Reply to emails
+ Add 26 candy canes to your shopping list…
Discuss your schedule, planning, movements and responsibilities with your family to help share the load. As Ed Asner said, “having kids is part joy, part guerrilla warfare.” You’re all in it together, so win it together!
Allow extra time for traffic, forgetful teens, toddler tantrums, lost shoes, and a bit of breathing room for yourself (and coffee!).
Your go-to space for day-to-day home and life management. Great at the end of the year for holding:
+ Party snacks
+ Swim gear
+ Permission slips
+ Thank You gifts
+ Christmas cards
+ Library books
Keep the space flexible so it can adapt as your needs change.
+ The easy build system is great for this, and is quick and easy to put together!
+ Or the always popular and super flexible cube storage option
+ Check out the Howards Storage office range to customise your space
Tackle your mountain of unused craft supplies, free up space, amuse the kids, and tick off essential end-of-year tasks. Craft supplies are quick to buy, but slow to use up. Keep them organised and easy to access.
Know what extras need to be on your shopping list for parties and bring-a-plate events. Get the kids involved in the planning and cooking to build excitement for events, create memories AND get things done.
A quick shout out on my social page revealed the gifts teachers love and the gifts they’d rather forget. Here’s the summary:
+ If it’s edible, check favoured brands and dietary requirements.
+ No to coffee cups, yes to drink bottles.
+ Personalised gifts that capture a special interest of the teacher were a big winner.
+ Reusable gifts for the environmentally conscious.
+ Gift cards to their favourite coffee hangout.
+ Christmas decorations, either handmade or store bought, give the teacher a chance to revisit thoughtful gifts of past students.
+ Charitable donations are a lovely gesture – also clutter free!
As organising Guru Peter Walsh says, “When everything is precious nothing is precious”. Ask yourself these questions:
+ Is it a great example of my child’s skills, learning or interests this year?
+ Does it evoke a pleasant emotion when I look at it?
+ Is it important to them?
A little extra thought when curating ensures items will be enjoyed for years to come.
Here are two factors to consider when storing or displaying:
1. Keep it simple
A quick Google search will unearth more inspiring ways to store school work than you can poke a stick at. Keep it simple, and always consider the time, energy and space you have available.
2. Make it easy to enjoy
Accessibility is key. Try a display folder, scrapbook, small storage tub, or suspension box with one hanging file per year. It might feel a like a hassle during this busy time, but it’s worth it in the long run.
Stacked tubs are far more effective than plastic bags in the garage or back of the cupboard, and less at risk of mould, breaks and cockroaches.
Set aside some space to display Christmas cards from school friends. At the end of the season, keep cards from treasured friends, and upcycle others for craft.
Decide how much storage space you are willing to devote to unused/spare school items and set up your own personal stationery store. Think “boutique collection” rather than “Officeworks-at-home’’.
Be sure to check your “boutique collection” before ordering new stationery for the upcoming year. And resist the temptation to order the whole booklist pack, as you’ll no doubt end up with excess items you don’t need.