In so many ways, organization seems to be a lost art. Yet, being organized can easily translate into a healthy home life and better academic performance. Despite all of the technological advancements that have enhanced our lives over the last 20 years, some of the best organizational strategies are tried and true old-fashioned methods. Below is a list of five effective organizational strategies:

  1. Set up a Designated Study Space — Make sure there’s an area of your house just for homework, with all the supplies your children need in bins and boxes. Provide plenty of space for books and set up baskets for papers so your child can find old homework to review for tests.
  2. Color Code Subjects — Buy school supplies for each subject in a different color. This way your children can see at a glance which folder, notebook, and binder has to do with which subject.
  3. Create a Cubby Hole at Home — Place a crate or sturdy box near someplace handy so your children can keep their backpacks and other school items in one spot. Teach your children to put anything they need for the next day in that place, as well. That way, they’ll know where their belongings are without the need to search frantically.
  4. Use a Calendar — Give your children a date book or some sort of electronic calendar that they can bring to school. Teach them to write down assignments, tests, play dates, lessons, and other plans regularly. Also have them write down her classmates’ phone numbers and e-mail addresses so she can find and contact them easily.
  5. Set a Good Example — If you keep things neat and organized in your own life, your children are more likely to follow suit. If they have trouble making “to-do” lists, sit down and make one alongside them. Seeing you turn off the TV at a regular time to pay bills or even just to read will demonstrate the importance of setting aside time to do things and sticking to it.