Back to School Organizing Party

Our 2nd annual Back to School Organizing party for the 6th grade girls at

Trinity Episcopal School was a huge success!

Offered the week before school starts, the organizing party was the
perfect time for these girls to catch up from the summer break, meet
new girls in the grade, and think about getting organized for the new
school year.

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Who knew that organizing could be so fun? After kicking off the party
with an icebreaker game, we led several hands-on activities to share a
variety of organizational tips and strategies.

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This two-hour session focused on two primary organizational skills: the
benefits of knowing what you have and where it belongs and how to
effectively manage your time.

From binders to lockers, middle school students are expected to
maintain a variety of organizational systems on a daily basis. To equip
them with the skills to do so, we divided the girls into three groups to
organize pre-made messy backpacks and lockers. Proudly
demonstrating their finished product, they shared the steps they took
to put things in order and the supplies that were useful to maintain the
system.

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Middle school students also start to take on a lot more responsibility!
As the homework increases and the afterschool activities last longer, it
is important to utilize day planners to help manage time for both
personal and school life. To minimize stress in the morning, each girl
also created their own “get to school on time” morning routine.

Although organizing does not come naturally to everyone, it is such an
important life skill! By working alongside the girls to create customized
organizational systems and functional routines, Simplicity Organizers
hopes to help reduce anxiety and increase your child’s confidence in
balancing life at home and school.

BEFORE PICTURE

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AFTER PICTURE

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Interested in learning more about our Simplicity Kids program or
hosting an Organizing Party? Please visit our website at www.simplicity-organizers.com


Routines for a Stress-Free School Year

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Though there is a sense of freedom in the flexibility of summer, the structure and routine the school year brings can be comforting. Children thrive on predictability, repetition, and consistency. “Knowing what to expect from relationships and activities helps children become more confident,” says Dr. Peter Gorski, assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Children need routines in order to learn how to manage their time and their day. In a nutshell, routines don’t bind, they liberate. Routines provide a strong foundation for future learning and independence. They empower children and teens to take responsibility. Structured appropriately, routines can reduce anxiety, eliminate power struggles, and reinforce positive behaviors, In designing your own family routines, you may want to consider the following:

Morning Routines
How you feel in the morning usually lays the foundation for your day.
Mornings can be very hectic, so set a routine that can provide a
smoother start to the day.

Afterschool Routines
Afterschool routines are just as important as morning routines. These
routines help teach children how to manage their time.

Meal Routines
Meals not only contribute to the mental and physical health of children,
they also establish a sense of family identity, and provide a positive
environment for family interaction.

Evening Routines
Evenings should be the time to wind down and prepare for the
following day. Building a bedtime routine will help your child learn how
to be prepared and the importance of a good night’s rest.

It is important to customize routines to meet the needs of your family.
Each family should establish patterns that work in their home. Though
creating routine for your family is very important, avoid making too
many changes at once. Becoming familiar with routines takes time.
Build gradually. Learning and understanding the importance of
routines is a very important life long skill.

Interested in learning more about establishing new organizational
systems and routines for the new school year? Please join us on
Thursday, August 29th from 11:30-1pm at the Junior League.