Getting Organized for School – Backpack Checklist

With school starting soon for many, I have been running several blog posts on getting organized for school. The inspiration for today’s blog came from The Disney Dream Team’s Tracy, who created a system for remembering what needed to go to school with each child.

While Tracy’s system targeted her elementary school children, a backpack checklist would work for middle school, high school, and college students. This could even work as a briefcase reminder for work, too. This is how it works:

Create a chart listing the days of the week at the top. Under each day, make a column for each person who needs a checklist. On the far left, list possible items that might need to be included in the backpack that day: a band instrument, shoes for gym, signed paperwork, a folder or notebook for a particular class, library books, etc.

You can create your chart on your computer and reproduce it each week. Or you could use a dry erase board or laminate a poster board to re-use each week. Each person on the chart could be noted in a different color. Then items can be checked off on the appropriate day as a reminder to put those things in the backpack. Make sure you leave extra rows at the bottom for items that aren’t necessarily needed each week.

To make life easier, have everyone pack their backpacks the night before. What a morning stress reliever!

What do you do to take the stress out of your mornings?

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Bev Coggins

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I've been helping people organize their time and space for over 30 years. Nothing is more fulfilling to me than helping others be successful by INTENTIONALLY LIVING out their passions and priorities in a peaceful, organized space. I'm a professional organizer, speaker, and author of the 1-2-3 ... Get Organized series. As a Myers-Briggs personality type facilitator, I was inspired to write my 1-2-3 ... Get Organized series for those personality types who are overwhelmed with organizing their time and space. Each book covers only one aspect of organizing. I'm a mom of two wonderful grown daughters, the wife of my spectacular husband, and a doting grandmother to my new granddaughter. I live in Bozeman, Montana. MY PLACES: www.1-2-3GetOrganized.com http://organizeyourlifein3weeks.com/ https://www.facebook.com/beverlycoggins https://www.facebook.com/pages/1-2-3-Get-Organized/167936317489 https://twitter.com/BeverlyCoggins http://www.linkedin.com/in/123getorganized google+ - Beverly Coggins

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