Lesley found one expert to show us good habits for keeping track of your child’s things.
How to Organize Kids for Back-to-School Audra Lowe: Parents got a question for you. How many times have you been asked especially in the morning by your child just before school, “Where is my bag pack?” The question alone can be frustrating but Lesley actually got one expert to show us some good habits for keeping track of things just like that, and it’s all in this week’s “Get Organized.” Lesley Nagy: Thanks Audra. Stacey Platt joins me. She’s the author of “What’s a Disorganized Person To Do? Thank you so much Stacey for tackling this subject because I think parents everywhere frustrate it one time another with their kids misplacing their bag packs. Stacey Platt: It’s true. In the beginning of school, just bring some on slot of paper and a lot of other things that need to be organized. Lesley Nagy: You have a bag pack here. Stacey Platt: I do. Every kid has a bag pack, right? So, we need a place to put it. So there should be a designated place inside the home for a kid to put their bag pack, whether it’s a bench, whether it’s a peg on the wall. Lesley Nagy: Yes. So they can come and throw it on and they don’t need to look for it anymore. Stacey Platt: That’s exactly it. And you can really train children even at the young age to unload their bag pack into sort of things into where they should go. So every kid can take their lunch bag out and put it in the designated spot in the kitchen so that Mom can unload it. Paper is just really kind of the biggest like a culprit of disorganization. I love this product. It basically is just a paper sort of for kids. It can then be taken out of the one for the parents, and then children can put it in Mom or Dad’s inbox, and of course, you do it in the kitchen because everyone works in place at the kitchen. The kitchen is sort of the hub of social activity in the family so often times, the kitchen is the place where things get done. So, it’s good to have an inbox to contain all the papers so it doesn’t spread out into everything else. Basically, there are two categories of paper. There are short-term papers that you need to save, and then there’s long-term papers hat you need to save. I use the binder system for this. Revise schedulers on the top, and it’s labeled on the back of the binder so you can see. And then basically, there are categories inside for all the papers that come from the school that parents need to save to a furtive. So, for instance, we have calendars, contact list, school memos, all the things you want to save that you might need to a furtive but you need a place to put. And then after school activities and whatever other categories, obviously there’s a personalized appearance. Lesley Nagy: I’m sure this binder can get pretty big. Stacey Platt: It sure can. And of course like -- you want to purge through it every month or two and make sure that things are in the still current relevant. Lesley Nagy: So you take whatever is in the bag pack and you bring it, and you really have to do organize and sort things. Stacey Platt: That’s right. You really do. I mean the more effort you put into organizing, the more organized you are. It’s just it. Lesley Nagy: And how did the less still hear, “Where is my bag pack?” Stacey Platt: That’s right. And where is that important paper? Lesley Nagy: How do you train the kids to do that? Stacey Platt: Just have it. You know what, kids at the young age can be taught really basic organizing principles that like things go together, that everything has a home, and that things go back to where they belong, when they’re done using it. And even toddlers can take pride in putting things away. Lesley Nagy: In that way, they never ask, “Where is my bag pack, right?” Stacey Platt: That’s right. Lesley Nagy: Thank you so much Stacey. I love that great advice. For Better, I’m Lesley. Audra Lowe: It’s never too late to get organized. Thanks a lot Lesley.