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O as in Organization

8/1/2011

Organizing your family for the school year is a solid investment in peace of mind. Try these tips that will bring a sense of calm to your preparations.

Designate a spot for backpacks and lunch boxes plus an "inbox/outbox" system for all school papers and correspondence. As a family, commit to maintaining these important habits. It will save countless stressful hours searching for these key school-year items, and teach the kids about responsibility and organization.

Freeze a few simple snacks as insurance against those inevitable times when life gets way too busy. A batch of Peanut Butter and Jam Muffins can be defrosted quickly and be eaten on the go. Freeze un-baked dough for Peanut Butter Sunshine Cookies and you'll always be ready with freshly baked treats for an unexpected bake sale or snack day at school.

Keep a central family calendar to track school projects, afterschool sports and activities, doctor appointments and days off from school. Encourage the kids to help arrange car pools, study groups and play dates.

Keep school night suppers simple. Turn Broccoli Noodle Salad with Asian Peanut Citrus Sauce into a complete meal by adding purchased rotisserie chicken. Any leftovers? They make a great lunch tomorrow!

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