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Back-to-School: The One Thing That Will Make It Go Smoother

Have you ever heard the story of the new school that was built where the children attended before they had time to install the fence around the playground? The students kept lingering up close to the building and did not venture far out into the wide open space.


After the fence was installed the children played further out into the open space, right next to the fence.


This story reminds me how freeing boundaries can be and how they keep us safe.


How to Make School Year Easier

Consider with me just for a moment what this could look like in your home as the new school year starts:

  • As kids arrive home from school they are less likely to take off their shoes and throw them in random places if they know it is expected of them to put them in their bedroom closet.
  • The same is true for their book bags, papers, lunch box, etc. Things are less apt to be scattered all over the house when boundaries have been set. They don’t ever have to wonder where things should go and the bonus is that they don’t have to spend needless time looking for their belongings.
  • Bedtimes are enforced to assure our children get ample amount of rest so they can learn better.

It’s always a win-win situation.

So why wouldn’t we schedule some boundaries, when they will help our kids be more productive, and make us a little less stressed out?


Here are a few things to implement as boundaries for your child

1. Make up bed the minute you get out of it. It takes only a couple of minutes max.
2. Put breakfast dishes in dishwasher.
3. Upon arrival home after school implement a routine that will enable kids to have a specific time to do homework.
4. After homework is completed, make sure all papers are signed and pack book bag for the following day and put in a specific place.
5. Before bedtime make sure that bedroom is completely cleaned up and everything is back in place.
6. If finding something to wear for school is a problem, pick out clothes the night before and resolve that little issue.
7. Decide on lunch for the following day. Will they be buying lunch? If so, do you have the proper lunch money to give them? If they will be packing their lunch go ahead and pack as much as possible, or at least have an idea of what they will be taking.


The more structure you place in your day, the less stressful it will be. I don’t know about you, but when my boys were little I appreciated being able to take them to school and drop them off knowing we were all on good terms. The amount of guilt you feel driving away from the school early in the morning after having had a very rough morning makes everyone miserable.

It doesn’t have to be like that. Set boundaries!

What boundaries do you already have in place that help your household run smoothly? What boundaries do you think you’ll be implementing this new school year?

How to Make School Year Easier

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Kim Pittman

Kim Pittman

Kim has successfully helped create time and space for hundreds of people in Southwest Georgia. In 2005 she started Organize 4U with a vision to help individuals live clutter-free and productive lives. She organizes areas in the home, including pantries, attics, storage buildings and garages. Kim also custom designs and installs closet systems that enhance storage capacity. Her expertise also includes office space and systems. For organizational tips, find her on Facebook at Organize 4U. And you’ll find lots of great organizational info, including before and after shots, on her website Organize4U.org.
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6 Responses to Back-to-School: The One Thing That Will Make It Go Smoother

  1. Victoria Osborn August 12, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    Love these routines! In about a year when I have one in school I will definitely have to implement these.

    • Pat August 12, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

      Hi Victoria,
      Yup…you’ll definitely want some of these then! But it’s never too early to get them started 😉

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. Jamie August 8, 2015 at 8:44 am #

    These are some great ideas! With four kids under 4, we are definitely dependent on schedules and routines. I think, though, that sometimes we get a little lazy with enforcing the routines, so this is a great reminder!!

    I came over from the Blog Fair Linkup and I’m so glad I did! I know my followers will appreciate your suggestions.

    • Pat August 9, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

      Ohmygoodness, Jamie! With 4 under 4 I’ll bet routines make life a LOT easier! So glad you stopped by…and hope to see you again – when you have some free time! LOL
      Have a great week!!

  3. Melanie Redd August 3, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    What a practical and helpful word on getting organized for the school year. I think you are right when you suggest, “The more structure you place in your day, the less stressful it will be.”

    Thank you for all of the wonderful ideas!

    I came over on Modest Mom today, and I’m glad to find your site.

    Hope you have a blessed day today~

    • Pat August 3, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

      Well, at least that’s certainly true for me! I can really feel my stress level lower when I’m able to get things in check…
      Have a great week!

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