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It’s August. I’m going to just let that sink in for a minute.
Yep, August. Which is when I allow myself to officially begin thinking about kids going back to school. There were so many things I was going to do this summer that didn’t get done. Part of me wants to hold onto summer a little more in an effort to get more of the summer projects done. But really I’m just going to let it go and move on to the fall months as my chance for a fresh start. That fresh start for me must include organization. We don’t get very far in this household when we are missing organization. So today I’m going to share with you my number one tip for staying organized during the “back to school” season, and how that flows into an organized school year. Are you ready for my school organization tips? Actually it’s just one tip.
Parents, print it off.
Now, perhaps your email inbox isn’t overflowing, and you have all of those school, sports, and kid activity emails well sorted. Congratulations. But guess what? Out of sight, out of mind. Believe me, I love the digital age and the ability to receive notifications from my school via online portals and emails. Everything is ready at my fingertips immediately. But those moments when we’re getting ready to run out the door and I realize I forgot to pack a lunch. Or I can’t remember if they need shoes for gym today. Those are the moments when the stress level in the house rises and the last thing I want to do is dig up the information on my phone or laptop. I need to know the answer to these things quickly. After realizing this was causing undue stress for me, and coincidentally my family, I started printing off more papers last year. So this year we are starting off the school year by printing off the papers that are most important, and keeping them all right at our fingertips.
Printing off these papers means I need to have a reliable printer that allows me to print from anywhere in my home. So the kids and I headed to Walmart and picked up the all new HP Deskjet 3636. While I was excited to pick up this printer because it offers great value at an affordable price, the kids were excited about the three fabulous color choices. Vibrant Red, Dragonfly Blue, and Sporty Purple means there is the perfect color for any family.
We found the HP Deskjet 3636 printer on an endcap in the printer aisle.
Setup only took a few minutes so I also took a minute to download the HP All-in-One Printer Remote mobile app. This app makes it really easy for me to print from my phone. And for the mommas out there with small children, there is even a quiet mode for the printer, which means you can print off papers at any time of day or night.
After I spent a couple of minutes getting my printer out and plugged in it was time to get organized for the coming school year. I got to work printing off a variety of papers, calendars and form that will be useful in the coming months. To help me know what to print I put together this list of papers and forms that I used in the previous year. Not only were these calendars and papers helpful for me when I was pinched for time, they also helped my girls be more independent and take responsibility. With papers printed off they were responsible for checking the lunch menu the night before, and for knowing which days they would need to take gym shoes, piano books, or practice clothes.
At this point you may be wondering how having a slew of papers lying around is helpful, or in any way organized. The answer is that papers lying around is not organized. Not at all. But when you have an easy to use system like my Small & Portable Command Center there is always a place for these important papers.
A quick recap of how I’m preparing for the school year:
- Start off with the high quality HP Deskjet 3636 printer that delivers great prints time after time.
- Print off the important forms, calendars and papers that tell us what we need to know right away.
- File the papers in a portable file box like my easy command center.
- Keep it organized by recycling the outdated papers, and printing off new schedules, class requirements and calendars as they show up in your email inbox.
If there are any other important school papers that you know you need to keep at your fingertips share with us in the comments below. Here’s to an organized school year!