It’s that time of year once again! A fun time for some…and not so much fun for others, as it means you have to do some work before you can ship them onto that bus prepared to succeed another school year. Not to fear – I am going to help you make this a FUN time with these easy tips to help you and your kids get ready for school!
Create a Command Center (a.k.a. School-Paper Home base)
This is where all of the incoming and outgoing paper is going to live. I find that creating a space in the kitchen for this center is ideal since everything happens in the kitchen. First get a wall calendar so that you can write down all of the important dates coming up: birthdays, parties, outings, doctors’ appointments and so forth. Finding a calendar that you can peel off and stick on the wall will make it easier for you. Have hanging folders on the wall, which you can label incoming and outgoing or you can label one for each child so everybody knows where the papers belong. You can have your child put all the papers that you need to go thru in the designated folder making it easier for both of you. Another thing that I am really enjoying are the decals that you can stick on the wall to write down messages, and you can choose one that uses either chalk or dry erase pen.
Clean out your cabinets and get baskets for their snacks. Keep it simple and label one for each child or by categories – this makes everything so much easier and quicker to pack lunches on the fly. This method also helps your child with independence and responsibility. If you would like to take it up a notch I found these really cool meal planner pads by “Mom Agenda” they are great and will save you so much time in figuring out what to cook and food shopping as well. You’ll have packing lunches down to an art – other moms will be so jealous that you’re essentially adding time to your day!
Go through their clothes before school starts – this is good for you and them. Make it fun and have a fashion show! What kid doesn’t like playing dress up?! They will just love it and you get to spend quality time with them (even if you are secretly just avoiding future headaches of MOM, I HATE MY CLOTHES!! But you’re a strategist, so everyone wins!) If you are saving clothes for a younger sibling, store in a clear bin and label with the size, otherwise donate gently used clothes to a good cause. I also recommend picking the clothes for the week on Sunday night. Pick 6 outfits, have one just in case, and this will save you many headaches in the morning trying to figure out what to wear. I would also put everything that they will need for that particular day all together i.e. items for sports or any afterschool activity.
Designate a shelf in your closet for “Outfits for the Week” or get a hanging shelve that you can attach to your clothes rod and designate a shelf for each day of the week. Now sit back, grab a cup of coffee and relax – you have just organized the next 9 months! I hope these tips will make going back to school much easier for you!
Click on the link below to see me demonstrate all of these tips ☺