a backpack comes in for a landing on a helicopter pad

Devise a Landing Routine

Does the area near your front door look like chaos every day? You know, shoes, backpacks, coats, papers, snacks, etc.? Okay, this hack isn’t going to totally fix that. But we highly recommend a good end-of-school landing routine, so it isn’t a crash landing every time.

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returning to school

When kids get home—or log off—from school, establish a routine for where they should drop their backpacks, stash any important papers you need to see, deposit empty lunch boxes if they have them, plug in devices for charging, and whatever else needs to be done. Call it a landing routine. Call it a drop zone. Whatever you call it, call it not a big mess on your floor.