Get them out the door faster. Late on the first day? Not a good look. Keep stragglers in line by setting an alarm clock or timer to ring at strategic intervals, like 10 minutes before the bus comes.
File everything. Create a "home file" either a file cabinet or drawer, with a slot for each subject; color code the tabs to match up with each class. Not only does this give kids a place to unload past assignments, it also gives them a place to organize reference materials as the semester changes.
Simplify tasks. To make huge projects feel less overwhelming, show your child that each task has a beginning, middle, and end. For example, if your child's nightly chore is to clear the table after dinner, break it down: first have them put away any leftovers, then load the dishes into the dishwasher, lastly, wipe the table and counters.
Keep a checklist or to-do list. If it's a regular everyday task, have your child add it to a to-do list. This can include homework and regular chores. Encourage your child to keep the list somewhere where they will remember to manage every day, like a dry erase board.
Color-coding. Have your child organize notebooks and folders by color coding each subject. For example, red can be for Reading, and green can be for Math.
Create an organized workspace. Set aside a space at home where your child can work without interruption. Make sure to keep school supplies, calculators, or laptops nearby. Having a quiet space for homework and projects will reduce distraction.