Are you struggling geting organized for back to school?
We are really going to have a tough time getting out of the summer mode and getting organized. The house still has wet towels, beach bags and a few loose pair of goggles laying around.
Now with all of the homework, crazy schedules and early morning routines, I needed some ideas.
I reached out to my Local Mom Scoop Panel and asked them how they stay organized for Back To School.
Here are some great 10 Organizing Tips for Back To School.
1. Plan Kids’ Outfits for the week
I’m lucky that my kids wear uniforms, but if they don’t it can be a struggle.
That’s why I make sure the laundry is done over the weekend and outfits are either decided on the night before.
You can also plan out the week by selecting a dresser drawer and putting daily post-its on each outfit.
2. Go Through Your Child’s Backpack Daily
Papers, forms, invitations, notes, old homework can build up fast. There is so much to keep up with these days.
I have 2 big binders and two metal stacking trays. One for each kid. The important handbook information, class-specific papers go in the binders.. Anything that comes home that I may need to save/look through goes in each tray for either kid. I go through it each day and try to have an empty bin.
*On Fridays, I always go through the backpack or encourage my child to clean out their desks. I help them get it organized for the following week. Nobody wants to do this on Sundays. Sundays are family days!
3. Pack Lunches The Night Before
I’m not sure why I always fight this, but having lunch bags packed the night before can truly help. I fill drink cups with water and add ice in the morning. The lunch boxes are out with napkins and any dried snacks.
I do like to make a fresh sandwich. I hate when my bread is dried out so why would they.
4. Get Their Closet Organized
Separate uniforms clothes in one part of the closet by shirts, bottoms, Friday Spirit tees and sweatshirts. I then have a divider for whose clothes are whos since my kids share a room
5. Get Yourself A Paper Planner
I get a new planner each school year. Now some companies are creating planners from August to August which is brilliant. I recently switched to The Happy Planner. I love the time blocking sheets with the to-do list. But the best part is the sheets are removable.
6. Meal Prep For A Week
I’m working on this as I look at the schedule and plan out the week. Sometimes I’ll make a double batch of meatballs and sauce to freeze or to have as leftovers.
7. Fill A Bag With Snacks and Wipes
Keep a bag by the front door to grab n’ go for the car. Sometimes when I pick up my kids in carline they are starving. Having some extra snacks along with wipes to clean those germy hands can help make the ride an easy one.
8. Create a “Drop Zone “
Start a routine from day one and have a place for backpacks, shoes, homework papers, etc. By the end of week, it’s an afternoon routine for the kids upon arriving home to put key items in their place.
9. Use Ziploc bags
Pack extra outfits in a ziplock bag for accidents. They will happen. I use them to protect Kindles or homework folders in case a drink cup leaks in the backpack.
10. Create a daily chart with morning tasks
(brush teeth, get dressed, shoes and socks, etc) If the child completes the task easily he/she gets a check. After a week of all checks earned, he/she gets a prize… They can choose anything from the dollar store;)