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The kids are back to school and the homework has already begun!  Papers, books, pens, pencils, marker, calculators, protractors, notebooks, book bags, and yet more papers can clog up bedrooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and dens if you don’t get a handle on it soon!  And the resulting chaos can lead missing homework, late mornings, and a plethora of frustration!  Here are some helpful hints from bloggers around the internet on how you your children can organize themselves!  

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Help your kids create a morning and evening routine - and stick to it!  Blogger Aby Garvey of "Simplify 101" suggests creating a routine the day or night before by laying out clothing, packing lunches, and packing up back packs ahead of time.  Create space in the home for the new routine to work.  For instance, create an empty shelf for packed lunches and a designated space for storing back packs, coats, and other things your child needs as he or she is heading out the door.  

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Jacinda Boneau of Babble.com suggests creating a homework station so your kids have a space set aside to do their homework and organize their papers.   At the homework station your children may find useful a calendar, a place for displaying artwork, a filing system, and bins for pens, pencils, and markers.  Color coding boxes or bins for each subject is a great way to keep papers together.  A “tickle file” can also be helpful as a designated file for assignments and projects that are coming due soon.  

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Bedrooms and bathrooms also need organization to make the morning run smoothly.  Kelly Potter from StyleatHome.com suggests large reachable large hooks and shelves to organize clothing and other bedroom flotsam, so it stays off the floor and furniture.  Consider creating a closet system for your child that can grow with her or him through the next years at school.  Go through current closets and drawers to toss out or donate old, worn-out, or ill-fitting clothing that can get in the way of dressing in the morning.

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Ms. Potter also suggests that a bathroom schedule be created if more than one family member needs the bathroom in the morning.  Hooks are helpful there too, for clothes, towels, and robes.  Small shelves for different shampoos and soaps help to keep things off of tub edges, creating a cleaner look in your bathroom.  If you have more than one child with lots of different bathroom paraphernalia, assign small colorful caddies to each child that they keep in their room and carry to the bathroom so personal items stay with them.  

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Tailored Living of Richmond has lots of different storage and organizational solutions for your kitchen pantry, entryways, bathrooms, and bedroom closets!  They are all about helping your family find a routine that works for your this school year.  Call them today at 804-355-1595 for a free, in-home consultation.  And visit Tailored Living of Richmond online to see more great ideas to keep your home running smoothly!