PROBLEM: My kids come in the door after school and they drop their backpacks wherever. I trip over them, they can’t remember where they left them, and it makes the house look and feel chaotic.

SOLUTION: Assign a “home” to the backpack. The home needs to have clear boundaries. Some ways to do this are to put down a carpet square, outline a space with tape (or “X” marks the spot), or hang a hook. It might take a bit of practice and time to build the habit of putting the backpack in its home, but it will be worth the effort.

HINT: Having the home close to where they put their coats is generally a good idea because then everything is in one place. They don’t have to go out of their way, which makes them happy too.

Susan Hunsberger

I’m Susan Hunsberger with Strategize Organize LLC. I work with folks with organizing challenges. Adults and students with ADHD are areas of specialty. People come to me feeling shame and frustration. They hire me to help them lift the weight of disorganization and move on with life.


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