Hey moms, the time is almost here! Back to school season will here before you know it and with it will come new schedules you will have to adapt to and get use to. Getting organized at the start of the school year can be hard since you are juggling a variety of classes, teachers, homework assignments, lunches, school dress codes and more. It can all quickly consume you and before you know it, you might feel like you are sinking! Don’t let all of the back to school stress weigh you down. Instead, take a look at these simple tips which can help you get organized before the school year begins. By getting organized now, you can easily avoid a boatload of stress in the future! Take a look at how easy it is to get organized NOW below.
10 Back to School Organizational Tips for Mom:
1. Create a central calendar.
Purchase a large desk top calendar and keep it in a central place in the house. Fill it in as soon as you have dates to add. Keep it where others can easily add important dates to it as well. This way, everyone will see it and be in the loop as far as what it going on and when.
2. Start organizing clothes now.
Wash and press clothing items now. Begin organizing them in closets in a way that easy for children to grab and dress themselves. By organizing them now, you won’t be rushing to wash loads of clothing the day before school starts.
3. Check off your supply lists.
Gather your back to school supply lists and start checking them off. Make sure you have all of your supplies you need now so you don’t need to run out the week school starts to make last minute purchases. If you don’t have a list, call your child’s school to get one. Chances are by August 1st their offices are open.
4. Begin a night/morning routine now.
Start children on a nightly routine now so it is not a struggle later. Get in the habit of doing baths, getting clothes out, and getting to bed at a reasonable time. This way, it won’t come as such a shock to them later on. You can also do the same for establishing a morning routine.
5. Research recipes.
Start digging up easy and healthy recipes that can be used for fast and simple breakfasts, easy lunches, and quick dinners. Plan your menus now so that when school starts, you won’t be running out for carry out since you couldn’t get dinner planned in time.
6. Start labeling.
You know how it goes, everything needs to be labeled! Start putting your child’s name on lunch boxes, bags, coats, crayon boxes and other supplies now. This way they are ready to go when the bell rings and you don’t need to worry about your child losing any items.
7. Plan out your daily drive.
If you are going to make multiple stops a day, start planning your route out now. This way you can find a route that helps you avoid traffic and also avoid going out of your way and wasting gas. By doing this now you will be all ready to roll come the first day of school!
8. Place a collection bin by the door.
This bin can be used to toss shoes and backpacks in as soon as your child walks in the door so there is no scrambling for these items the morning before school. Just find a large plastic tote at your local retail store and that should do the trick!
9. Enlist the help of the kids.
Make to-do lists and charts now for kids to follow once school starts. It can include their daily routine as well as what expectations you have for them. This will make the transition easier for them too and help them feel prepared.
10. Remember, you’ve got this!
Most of your preparation will need to be mental. Remember, you’ve got this! Stay calm, stay organized, and remember that they are only young once. Enjoy this time with your children and all of the business that comes with it. One day, and one day soon, it is all over.
Give these tips a try and find yourself feeling more prepared and organized when the first day of school hits. As you can see they are simple, inexpensive, and quick to implement into your daily life.
Don’t let back to school time leave you feeling frazzled. Instead, follow these tips and feel freedom!
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