With the school year in full swing, it’s likely that your ADD Student’s backpack is, well, a mess.
Ideally, each weekend would be the time to go through and clear out the backpack. But then life gets in the way, and we’re all so busy….
So let’s take some time – an hour or less – this weekend and clear out and organize the backpack.
Start by emptying it. You might want a trash bin or garbage bag nearby. Don’t be surprised to find an old forgotten sandwich or the remains of what was once a ripe apple. Yuck.
Wipe out the inside with a disinfecting wipe if needed.
Now we begin to reassemble…
Gather together the pens, pencils, and highlighters. Choose a side pocket to store them in or inside pocket. You want them as contained as possible and within easy reach.
Calculators should go in a pocket also, either on the side or inside.
Ask your child what items they use the most. They may have a favorite pen, a planner, and other items that get a lot of use. Put those in a front pocket.
Separate like items. Spiral notebooks in one pile, large books in another, smaller books have their own pile, etc. Next arrange things – still in their piles – by order of class. First hour’s books, notebooks and folders should all be at the top of the pile.
The largest and flattest things go in the back of the backpack – where it touches your back. This makes it easier to carry.
Ryn Gargulinski from eHow wrote a very helpful article on this. You can read it here.