Problem: Your child's backpack ends up all over the house...in the kitchen, in the living room, near the shoes, but never in the same spot.
Solution: Give the backpack a "home," a set storage place where it goes every day once it is unpacked. Yes, every day. This is a routine even young elementary school students can master. Even if you don't have a dedicated mudroom, you can find a place for the backpack.
Backpack storage ideas:
- Give it a "drop spot" by using a basket placed on the floor. My 8th grader has been using this basket for her backpack since Kindergarten. Even when we were in the midst of a long home renovation project and the basket was relocated to a new spot, it was a visual cue for where to put her backpack.
- Use a hook, at the correct height for your child to reach.
- Stash it in a cubby. Many homes have built-in cubbies, but make sure your child can reach it.