As Kindergarten approaches last term and primary school starts next year for my eldest, we know our relatively ‘carefree’ parenting days are over. Around the corner looms homework, permission slips and assignments, just to name a few.
At the moment, most of the paperwork that comes into the home from school is managed at the fridge – with magnets, or worse, is kept in the car glovebox! It is beginning to look messy and things are being forgotten. Increasingly the tasks sent home require some action from my son and I wanted these pieces to be more accessible to him.
So I set out to create a drop zone for all this ‘stuff’. I decided the best place to keep this was on the back of his bedroom door. That way it wasn’t taking up precious space in our living areas and it was accessible for my son.
Here is what the completed zone looks like.
The zone is made up of …..
- My After School Routine printable, downloaded from Living Locurto. We have had it pinned around the house for over a year now, so it makes sense for it to be placed in this zone now
- A magnetic white board calendar (Quartet). Perfect for recording all those easily forgotten dates
- Different sized plastic organisers (Ikea Pluggis). These provide spots for holding pens for signing paperwork, writing on the calendar and Sharpies for labeling items heading to school. Small containers for holding bits and bobs like ID cards and badges. Finally, a file to hold items like signed permission slips that need to be returned to school
- Plastic file holders (Martha Stewart Large Vertical Plastic Pocket) . One to hold general school paperwork like newsletters and tuckshop menus, the other for classroom paperwork like homework.
I have started to transfer the paperwork from my various ‘filing’ areas into this zone – a useful project as I found out that I am meant to be a fundraiser this weekend! I am looking forward to testing its full usefulness beginning next week.