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.