Schedule time to organize
Cluttered life, cluttered mind.
Being organized is being in control.
If your child struggles to keep their backpack and binders neat and organized, set a designated time each week for a “clean sweep.” Organization is an essential executive function skill. At this point in the school year, the first pass may take some time, but once complete, doing it consistently each week will keep it manageable and quick.
In a quiet moment, your child can decide which papers to keep and file in their appropriate place and which to toss into the recycle bin. When they have “a place for everything and everything is in its place,” they’ll be able to find whatever they need quickly and feel more in control of their materials and schoolwork. Further, they’ll free up important mind space to be able to focus on their assignments.