Now that the dust has settled…
~In our first installment, we organized and tweaked the student’s desk to make it a more functional space. In this second installment, we will deal with the student backpack.
Second stop: The backpack
A quick inspection might reveal that the typical student backpack is too heavy and full of unused junk; in short, a place screaming out for order! It can so quickly devolve into a messy space that loses all functionality.
- First step: Clean it out completely. Open up all the side pockets, the zippered pouches and the nooks and crannies and really clean it out. You will probably find a ton of stuff that just has no reason to be in the backpack to begin with.
- Next step: Pack it only with essentials. Use all the pockets and zippered areas to their fullest potential.
- Now that your student has been in school for a few weeks have they expressed a need for a personal organizer or planner? This would be their on-the-go mission control complete with spaces for assignments, “reminder” pages, and important notes. So find them a good planner and put it in the backpack along with some other important essentials.
- These essentials might include their laptop, books, computer charger, their notebooks and binders, chapstick, sunglasses, and a pouch full of pencils, pens, and the all-important highlighters.
The key to conquering the bulky backpack is “less is best.” They will need all available space for school books and assignments that they will bring home to do their homework.
Check in next time when we conquer the disorder in a typical student locker!