Back-to-school never looked more confusing. It’s supposed to be that time of year where kids and parents are excited to send kids back-to-school. You go shopping for new clothes and school supplies and while you might do that this year, it just doesn’t feel the same. Parents are faced with the most difficult decision they’ve had to make. Here are some back-to-school tips regardless of what decision you make.
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This is a great time of the year to get rid of the old to get ready for the new. Purging makes us feel good. Go through your kids’ clothes, toys, and supplies they have at home to take inventory on what you need for the upcoming school year. Grab a post-it note and write down what each child will need. Dedicated lists keep you on track from buying anything and everything.
Create A Dedicated Workspace
Regardless of the decision of sending your kids’ to school or not, create a dedicated workspace for them to do their homework. This could be done by having a desk in their bedroom, play area, or the den. Wherever it’s placed, keep it there and get them involved with the best ways to keep all their supplies organized. The moment you get them involved, the more inclined they are to keep their space organized.
If space is limited or it’s not in the budget for a desk, use the kitchen table. Supplies can be organized in another location and brought out when homework is done.
Back-to-school is typically the time of year where many have another reset button, similar to the beginning of the year. Purge the pantry and add some bins with labels to make it easy to find what you need. Having an organized pantry makes life easier because everyone in the house can find what they need.
Pack Lunches the Night Before
If your child brings a lunch to school, pack it the night before. This allows you to take your time and not be rushed trying to get lunch together in the morning. Also, if you pack lunches set up a lunch station, empty out individually wrapped items from the boxes for quicker access. For example, we have a clear storage bin in the refrigerator filled with yogurts and cheese sticks. The pantry has baskets filled with snack bars. Having these set-up will make it much easier to pack lunches. It will also help you with your grocery list because you’ll see what you need to buy.
If your kids are going back-to-school, dedicate an area where the backpack goes every time. A great place would be a mudroom inside the house or the garage or an entryway. Your child’s bedroom works well too. Putting backpacks in the same place eliminates stress and the “Mom, where’s my backpack?!”
Get clothes ready the night before, yes even if they will be home, it’ll create some normalcy and routine. If there’s something they want to wear but can’t find it, there’s more time to figure out where it’s at the night before than the morning. You can even do a load of laundry if need be. I started this concept in high school and still do it to this day, there’s nothing worse looking for something you wanted or planned to wear the next morning and can’t find it. It starts your day off on the wrong foot.
Keep Supplies Together
Many of us will be starting school this year remote so it’s important to have not only a dedicated workspace but also a place where all supplies such as pencils and paper are organized.
While many of us are less than thrilled about school options this year, we are in a unique position to teach and show our children how to make the best of a situation. These back-to-school tips will help with the transition and make life just a little easier, something we all need right now.