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Back to School & Home Organization Tips – October Newsletter

Back to School & Home Organization Tips – October Newsletter 1000 644 Jennifer Demattia



Clear the Chaos​​

OCTOBER Edition: 

Learning From Home Organization Tips

Hi Friends,

So glad you stopped by! During these unprecedented times, homeschooling and remote work have taken on an entirely new meaning. Families have been forced to transform their homes into places where they may be continuing to work, while their children have begun the school year attending some or all of their classes remotely. Feeling overwhelmed trying to homeschool your child while also trying to balance other responsibilities? You are not alone. Adjusting to remote learning can be challenging for both caregivers and children. Here are some tips to help both you and your child get through the school day.

Finding happiness within your space ​is LIVING NEAT

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Create a dedicated workspace: 
Students need a designated, clutter-free space to work.  This will help with concentration and performance. Find a work area with a flat surface, comfortable seating, and bright lighting.  This can either be a desk, or a table in the kitchen or dining room. No matter what area of your home you’re using as a “classroom,” it should be comfortable and free of distractions.A place for everything:
Make sure the workspace is organized and stocked with the supplies needed for students to complete their daily tasks. I recommend a 3-tiered utility cart to house these items. It’s a perfect setup for small spaces and can be moved throughout your home. Plus, the multiple levels mean maximum storage!And everything in its place:
Using a hand caddy or individualized bins is a great way to store writing supplies like pens, pencils, highlighters, markers, even glue sticks or scissors – everything your child needs to write and create.  Most importantly, it makes clean up a breeze.Have a filing system in place:
Book bins are a great way to separate out each child’s schoolwork, especially if you’re managing multiple kids. You can label or color code each bin and use them to store and/or separate out papers that are pending or completed.Practical teaching tools:
To easily teach and explain questions your child may have, I suggest a small, portable dry-erase board or chalkboard. This is a simple way for you to display step-by-step approaches to any questions they may have. It also reduces paper and prepares your child for future office collaboration success!

Label everything:
Labels are the key to long-term success when organizing. Having clearly marked and identifiable storage will help your child work independently and confidently, knowing exactly what they have and where it belongs.

Create structure for the day:
Routines set your child up for success by forming good habits and helping them feel calm and focused. I find it helpful to use a visual or written schedule or chart posted in your home where everyone can see it. A white board can be your life saver. Use it to help chart zoom calls and tasks.  You can post a checklist for the day or even a schedule for the entire week.

Time management:
Have a clock or timer nearby so they know where they are in their studies and what their expectations are for learning. It helps keep them on track.

Displaying achievements:
By showcasing your children’s work, they feel a sense of pride in their accomplishments. This will help inspire them to continue to create and work hard. I love using big boards in the kitchen or kids’ bedrooms because they are high traffic rooms for kids to see their masterpieces.

 Assign each class subject a color: 
I recommend using different color notebooks/folders that correspond with each subject. Red folder/red notebook for science, green folder/ green notebook for math, etc. It’s a visual way to grab the right things for the right class and keep every subject organized.

Part of being organized is being creative with your space

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At the end of the day, have the kids get everything packed up and put in its place so they can set themselves up for the next day. No matter if your child will be homeschooled, virtual, hybrid or heading back to the classroom, give them the tools they need to succeed. Appreciate and acknowledge the smallest actions to help keep your kids motivated and on track.
We are all in this together! Live Neat!

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Jennifer DeMattia

Professional Organizer

(516) 993-5854


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