Mom Hacks for a Stress- and Clutter-free After School Routine
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Things around here have been a little insane. With the kids back at school and more activities than ever, we were legit struggling there for awhile. Between homework, extracurricular activities and informational school meetings, we had to get organized, and fast.
Today I’m sharing some of my favorite mom hacks for school nights. These tips help keep my family on track so we have more time to do the things we love.
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mom hacks for school nights
Set the Game Plan – We use this large chalkboard in our eat-in dining area to set the stage for our evening.
Keeping your family’s agenda in a highly visible place keeps everyone on on the same page. If necessary, list these activities by time frames to keep the evening flowing. Gymnastics, dance and karate, oh my!
Keep it Together – I use simple, multipurpose containers to create a simple homework supply station. No more searching for a sharp pencil! When it’s time to get to work, the kids have everything at their fingertips. When they’re done, we tuck the supplies away in a cabinet for next time.
Create a Stash System – I can’t stand a cluttered counter, but school papers, notes and book orders seem to cover every square inch! So, I created a system for reducing this counter chaos.
I introduced these simple magazine bins as a way to file away returned homework and important papers out of sight. Our kids also have school-issued electronics, and we created a charging station to keep them in one place, ready to go for the next morning.
Time It – On nights that the kids are frustrated about homework or chores, I’ll introduce a timer. We’ll agree on an amount of time we’re willing to work really hard before we stop – 5 or 10 minutes. Funny thing – they’re always done before the timer dings, and are pleasantly surprised that their dreaded task didn’t take long at all.
Plan Go-To Meals – The most important thing I do to keep my family on time is to have a solid meal plan before the week even begins. Family meals are a non-negotiable in my house, so I keep several “go-to meals” in my back pocket for the busiest of nights, to keep us from falling into a fast food takeout cycle.
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What do you think of my mom hacks for school nights? What would you add to this list?
11 thoughts on “School Night Hustle”
This is such a fantastic way to streamline those busy afternoons! I love the use of a chalkboard in the dining room to help everyone keep on schedule. I think kids do so much better when they know what to expect! I’ll be trying out your ideas. 🙂
I love using the timer to break tasks up. Super ideas! Pinning for later.
You have so many great ideas! I love the homework supply box.
I LOVE these ideas.
And I love your home.
Thank you, Kari!
I love the idea for a designated charging station. We have cords and devices all over the place! Great job on your first Shoppertunity 🙂
Wow! Love all of this so much! And love your photos!
I love the magazine bins for containing clutter. I have been struggling SO much with feeling like my kitchen counter gets eaten by all the paper that comes through the door. I am going to have to try that!
Yes! The counter clutter is enough to drive a mom crazy! These magazine bins work so well for setting aside papers that no longer need our attention, but perhaps we need to hang on to.
I love your tip!! So Fun!
Thank you, Marisa!