It’s that time of year again… Summer is ending and the kids are going back to school. Those three little words, “back to school,” introduce a whole new set of organization and scheduling woes for parents – me and the hubs included.
I decided to put together a post with some ideas to tackle the most prevalent organization and scheduling issues we have.
When I said, “I love to shop,” this is not what I had in mind.
Back-to-school shopping doesn’t have to be painful. All it takes is a little preparation to make it a much easier task.
Clothes: We just went back-to-school shopping for the kid, last weekend. I treated it like any other shopping trip (mainly grocery). Before we left, I took inventory of what he had. We had him try on everything, then put the things he couldn’t fit in a pile to be donated and the grimy, holey clothes in the trash. Then, we sat down and wrote out a list of the things he’d need throughout the school year. We’re talking pants, shirts, underwear, socks, etc. The only thing we didn’t get was his winter gear. We’re not sure if he’ll be able to fit what he has, so we’ll wait until the season is closer.
School Supplies: We’re lucky, because the school district gives parents a list of what to get the kids. The list for the kid was pretty easy to get together. Of course, I check to see what we had on-hand already. That brought the list to purchase down some.
Once we get the clothes and supplies home, the clothes get washed and put up, the school supplies get labeled and put in the backpack.
Early, busy, CRAZY mornings!
I don’t know about you, but between getting ourselves and the kid dressed – to getting breakfasts and lunches prepared – to making sure we all have what we need for the day – to getting out of the door on time, I mornings at our house are incredibly stressful. Add to all that a cranky kid, who is definitely NOT a morning person, and I’m surprised I make it out of the house, without pulling out all my hair!
Over the past year, I’ve come to realize that when I make preparations the night before, things go a lot more smoothly; you know: ironing the clothes, making the lunches, getting bags together, bathing the kid, etc. Also, because he’s is so hard to get up and going in the mornings, we’ve been trying to get the kid in bed at his “school year bedtime,” for the past few days. We want to make sure he’s somewhat acclimated to it, when school starts next week.
How do school mornings go your house? Are they hectic and stressful like mine, or are they peaceful and productive. If it’s the latter, let me know how you do it!
What the heck do I do, with all these darn papers?!
Another problem we have is homework, handout and project storage. I swear the kid brought home more stuff from last year, than I did my whole entire college career!
Right now, we have it all stored in a cardboard box, labeled by each school year. It works, and I could see us continuing doing this for each year of school, but it’s not very attractive. I’d really like to get a better (read: more aesthetically pleasing) system for this.
In my research for this post, I found a couple of ideas I like. Let me know what you think.
I swear, the kids’ calendar has more is busier than mine!
Since the kid is an only child, you’d think we didn’t have a lot of after school activities to worry about. And, you’re right – for the most part. Mainly, it’s just his sports activities. But, then you add field trips and birthday parties to the mix, and it can become a bit dicey. That’s why we keep a family calendar. We not only put his after school stuff on there, we put our after work items as well. That way we know if one of us won’t be able to pick him up, cook dinner, etc. I love the concept of our family calendar. I just have to get much better about putting everything on it.
We keep ours in the kitchen, where everyone goes – at least three times a day.
I’d love to hear from you! How do you stay organized during the back-to-school rush and the months that follow? Leave your tips in the comments section below.