I'm excited to welcome Andrea Lukas as a new guest columnist for Go West. Andrea has contributed a couple of "Mom to Mom" columns previously (memorably about navigating the confusing world of Legos), but today she'll be sharing some thoughts as the owner and founder of Clutter2Calm Inc., a professional organizing service. -- Tara
Does this scenario sound familiar?
It’s a Monday morning and after a relaxing weekend your kids are sluggish and slow moving to school. Your daughter can’t find her homework, your son can’t find his gym shoes, lunches aren’t made and as you fly out the door barking orders at everyone you realize you can’t find your car keys.
A few simple changes in your routine can make all the difference.
Kids can’t find their homework & shoes?
Every day when they come home from school have a designated area where they drop their bags and school info. Once homework is completed it is put back into their folder, which is put back into their backpack. Lay out their clothes the night before and ask what they will need for the following day. (Example: The gym shoes would be placed in the school bag that night.)
Don’t like making lunches in the morning?
The night before, line up all the lunch bags on the counter in an assembly line and place all dry items (chips, crackers, cookies) in the bags.