Before I get to all of that important organization stuff, I have to tell you that I'm doing cartwheels because all three of my kids are finally in school! Yes, yes, yes!
They may have felt like this...
....but I felt like this.
My youngest was a little nervous when he got to his classroom, but at the end of the day he was thrilled with his new friends and seeing a few old preschool pals. When I asked him how his day was he said, "I didn't cry!" Well, that's nice. Here they are ready for the day.
My oldest walking across the street to middle school! Middle school! I remember thinking this was the big, big kid school when we moved in this house.
His first locker. Not only can he open his locker like a champ, but he already has the combination memorized.
I am doing everything in my power to organize the avalanche of school papers this year. I can't tell you how many important dates I've missed because I filed a paper away and forgotten about it. Or, all of that paper ends up on the kitchen counter in a huge pile with nowhere to go. Last week, I showed you the hooks in the laundry room for the kids backpacks, but I've decided to make that entire area kid central.
I've got a dry erase calendar to help me remember events. How crazy is it that every day is filled with something and baseball season doesn't even start until September? I've got a magnetic filing organizer that hangs on the back of the garage door that I bought at Target. Each of my kids has his own file for school papers. There's no reason for a pile of papers in the kitchen now.
Papers I need to see get put on the corkboard.
This is a great location since I pass this board several times a day on way in and out of the house. If the kids have artwork I want to keep, they go on the corkboards in their rooms. At the end of the year, they get put in a bin we keep in our storage closet. I've also heard great things about scanning art for books. I might have to try that, but I would still like to keep the originals.
Oh, and these are new backpacks. Remember how the boys told me the old ones stink? I didn't want to know why. I just bought them new ones. I attached their hand sanitizers and key chains we bought while on vacation to the zippers last night.
The garage door did get a new coat of paint, too. It used to be a dingy white. I thought the green was fun and it only took me about 5 minutes to paint. I did a second coat a few hours later and it was finished. Easy, easy update! I still need to caulk and paint the beadboard, but that's okay because I have the time now that the kids are back in school!