Keep Your Cool while Preparing for Back-to-School

Summer is almost over, and for many families that means it’s time to prepare to send children back to school. Thankfully, Deb is here to help us prepare without losing our minds!

Homework Success: Create a productive environment for homework. An uncluttered workspace, free from distraction, and provisioned with the tools your kids need to be able to focus is very important. Create a space just for homework – even if it’s the kitchen table cleared and restocked with pens, pencils, a lamp, notepaper, etc. If you don’t have a room or a space that you can dedicate to homework, keep a homework kit stashed in a box or bin so you can quickly turn any table into your kids’ office! Deb walks you through in this episode of Organized in 60 Seconds.

Lists!: Lists may be tedious to put together, but you’ll be glad that you have them when you’re in the midst of back-to-school shopping. Many teachers send supply lists, but if they don’t, ask!

Meal Planning: Lunches – bring or buy? Dinner at odd hours due to extracurricular activities. Morning chaos. Meal planning can help you stay unfazed in the face of chaos. Pastas and sandwiches are versatile, and your crock pot or pressure cooker can make everything so much easier, and leftovers can become lunches. Also, pulling together portioned after-school snacks ahead of time will let your children grab something healthy and help them (somewhat unconsciously) form good eating habits. Learn how to put together a meal planning binder in this Organized in 60 Seconds.

Avoid Wardrobe Drama: Nobody likes choosing what to wear in the morning. Avoid bleary-eyed decisions by having your children plan what they want to wear and use a hanging organizer marked with the days of the week to house the outfits. Your kids can simply look for the day, pull their outfits, and be on their way! And don’t forget the tried and true method of picking out an outfit and laying it out the night before!

The Sandman Plan: Never underestimate the importance of adequate sleep. Based on the time your children need to be up, create a bedtime schedule that will provide them with time to decompress, fall asleep, and get eight hours of shuteye (and adjust if your anyone on your crew needs more).

Order Your Days: Especially if you have more than one child, and they are at different stages, a posted schedule will help everyone understand the overall flow. Include extracurricular activities, events and important due dates, such as those for library books. Not sure where or how to begin? Deb walks you through the basics of creating a family hub here!

Wrapping Up: At the end of the school year, donate or pass down outgrown clothes, and evaluate what can be kept for school and what should be sorted out for play.