This is a guest post by NAPO Houston member and President, Liana George, of By George Organizing Solutions.

It’s that time of year again…..time for lunch boxes, backpacks filled with papers, and school buses! Before the first bell rings you’ll want to do a little homework in the area of organization to make sure you and your child are ready for another school year.

Pinterest and Facebook feeds are already filling up with articles, tips and pins to help you start the school year on solid organizational footing – which is great! But as a former teacher and a mother, sometimes outside the box thinking is what can really make your year a greater success.

2 essential back-to-school  tips

That’s why I want to share 2 essential back-to-school organizing tips you may not have thought of:

1. Know your child’s organizing style.  Because organizing isn’t one size fits all, your child has a particular way to organize based on his/her personality (I promise they do, even if it doesn’t seem like it to you!). Can you recognize if your child:

  • likes color-coded binders for each subject rather than just one binder for everything?
  • prefers digital calendars to paper ones?
  • enjoys studying in the quiet of his/her room or being in the kitchen where you are?

If you can identify you’re child’s organizing style and preferences rather than forcing them to organize like you, their teacher or their classmates, then you’ve taken a huge step towards helping them be organized this school year!

So how do you figure out your child’s organizing style and make it work for them? I suggest reading Lanna Nakone’s book, Every Child Has a Thinking Style. It is one of the best books I know that breaks down personalities, learning styles and thinking styles to help you identify your child’s organizing style. It is a quick read and offers valuable suggestions on how your child can organize their time, paper and space that you can implement during the school year.

Once you better understand how your child organizes based on his/her personality, then the struggle for school organization can be greatly minimized and success can be in your back pocket!

2.  Set the example. This one may be a hard pill to swallow, but it is true. If your disorganization keeps you from finding the field trip permission slip that needs to be signed and returned or causes you to forget about the class party you were supposed to bring cookies for, how can you expect your child to find his papers or remember her assignments?

Truth is, kids follow their parent’s examples.

If you want your kids to be organized this school year, show them the importance of an organized lifestyle by living it out yourself. Set up a central Command Center where you keep school papers, create a launch pad for school-related items to “live” to make getting in and out of the house easier, or purge unnecessary items out of your spaces. If your kids see you making an effort to be more organized, you’ll have much greater success in helping them achieve organizational bliss too!

As parents we all want our children to be successful in school.  Key to that success is an organized approach to school and learning.  Identifying your child’s organizing style can help give them the confidence and the ability to be better organized in and out of class.  Modeling an organized lifestyle as a parent will show them the importance of being organized at home, a valuable lesson that will help them in life and in school.

About Liana George of By George Organizing Solutions:

Liana George is a Professional Organizer and the owner of By George Organizing Solutions. In her years of working with clients, she has helped people bring order to their homes and lives with customized solutions, whether it be in their kitchen, their garage or their clothes closets.

In addition to working with clients, Liana also writes organizing blog posts, books and articles, teaches organizing classes and webinars and speaks to numerous groups on a variety of organizing topics. She knows that not everyone may be as passionate about organizing as she is, but she does believe that everyone can be organized. She has been married to her husband, Clint, for over 25 years and together they have 2 wonderful daughters, Kayley and Abbey. When Liana isn’t organizing something, you can find her reading a book, watching or playing tennis, or planning her next diving adventure.

Currently, Liana serves as the NAPO Houston Chapter President.