There are the well-planned big things we do in our family to alleviate the back-to-school stress a school year can bring. The sleeping in the clothes for school, making lunches in advance, scheduling homework time during soccer games...those big things help keep us organized and happy during the school year.
But sometimes it's the little things that we do every day that rescue me from complete parental failure the most often.
For example? I document quite a bit of information on my phone as backup when I'm certain to forget something important.
First - I keep a notepad item open with things like shoe sizes and lunch times. That way, if I spot a sale on shoes I can grab a pair for the kids without having to have them with me. (I'm sure once they stop growing a size every 6 months it will be easier to remember...but it's not now.) The lunch times are there so that once in awhile, when I have time, I can go eat with them without too much planning. I also keep their pins for the lunch account stored there along with the size of our air filters. I just find that the less information I try to "memorize" the better.
Second - I take photos of any important papers that end up in my hands. This is because I often forget to document the information in places like my calendar, or my phone. So, when the moment comes that I need that information? I'll have it on my phone in the "important" album. This is handy for everything from PTA deadlines to soccer game schedules.
The little step that has saved me the most grief? I have trained the kids to come home and immediately go through their backpacks to pull out anything I need to see. T-shirt order forms, book orders, newsletters, fundraiser information...all of that gets put on my desk before they can have snack or watch any TV. This means I don't have to dig for those things, they're just there waiting for me on my desk the next time I sit down. I learned this after several failed years of never seeing important papers from my oldest child as they ended up destroyed in his backpack.
And finally? I try not to hold on to my mistakes for too long. School years are long and full of homework and fundraisers and sporting events and classroom parties. I have never claimed to be perfect and I am bound to forget or mess something up at least once a grading cycle. I recognize this and I do what I can to avoid it, but when it happens? I don't beat myself up over it. It's also nice to have a peer group of women who can commiserate with your failures. Don't hang out with too many perfect people.
What are the little daily things you do to keep the order?