Delawareans, stay ahead of the mess during the school year by using these helpful organization tips, tools and local products.
By Sydney Kerelo and Eileen Smith-Dallabrida
As kids head back to class and the school clutter begins, school yourself on ways to stay on top of everything when life gets busy.
Clear out clothes that don’t fit to make room for new school clothes, including sports uniforms. Designate a spot in the fridge for grab-and-go lunches and snacks. And, to keep everyone on schedule, establish a calendar. That could be an erasable whiteboard or chalkboard or an organization app such as Google Keep or Cozi, a web-based family organizer.
Need more help staying on top of clutter? Here are some products to try in order to stay organized this school year.
Bins for the school year win
Keep textbooks, folders and binders in order with connecting bins. To stay super organized, let kids choose their own designated color.
$3.99 each at The Container Store, 2200 Fashion Center Blvd., Newark, 317-5980
Make your own custom labels for school bins and boxes with label makers by Brother. This little machine prints clear, easy-to-read labels that you can personalize with different fonts and frames for kids to enjoy.
$34.99 at Staples.com
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Check it off the calendar
Hang up a family calendar somewhere everyone can access it and keep track of daily plans, after-school programs, school activities and more. The Rifle Paper 2022 Margurerite Appointment Calendar from Heart and Home is perfect this.
$27.99, at Heart and Home, 4770 Limestone Rd., Wilmington, 999-8980
IKEA’s Skadis pegboard helps students and parents keep notes and notices close at hand. Start with the basic pegboard, and add such upgrades as attachable clips, shelves and containers.
$11.99, at IKEA, King of Prussia
All set with silicone
Reusable silicone lunch bags are leakproof, see-through, and super easy to clean. These handy little bags are perfect for lunch boxes, snack packs and more during the school day.
$9.99 to $20.94 on Amazon.com