Let’s talk about setting up family friendly zones. They will help support your daily routines during the school year (and beyond) and they will also keep clutter at bay. There are 3 main zones to focus on.
Family Friendly Zones
1. Backpack zone
Carve out a small space to serve as a landing spot and a staging area for backpacks. A designated place for them will ensure everyone goes out the door with what they need. In the afternoon it helps keep the clutter off the floor.
When setting up make sure to put hooks at child friendly height. Add a basket to hold hats and gloves during the colder months or to hold books that need to be returned to the library.
Have fun adding decorative elements to the space like a faux succulent arrangement or a mini chalkboard. You can use the mini chalkboard to display the grade for that first-day-of-school photo.
2. Shoe zone
Designate a spot to corral shoes. It can be as simple as a boot tray or a basket. Taking shoes off before going in the house will keep floors clean for a longer period of time (except in the kitchen).
3. Snack station
I am all for teaching kids to feed themselves. In the early years it’s important to be more vigilant as they develop self-control. A basket or drawer filled with snack items will make it easy for you and the kids to pack snacks for the school day. It also makes it easy for kids to grab a mom-approved snack when they get home from school. Keep a snack station in the refrigerator too.
Pack the snacks the day before as part of daily routine. Or, get ahead by having little hands help portion snacks for the week over the weekend.
And that concludes the back to school series. Phew! We did it. We prepared a little bit every week to take on the new school year. In case you missed it here is what we worked on during the previous weeks:
I would love to hear from you. What other zones or stations do you use in your home? Please let me know in the comments below.
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