Does preparing for back to school stress you out? Um, let me raise my hand…
The struggle is real because there are SO MANY THINGS to do! Well, have no fear this year! I’ve gotcha covered! I’ve put together all of the things we need to do to organize for the best back to school transition yet!
A Calendar To Organize!
And I put it into a nifty little calendar!
Here are 10 items on the back to school calendar!
CLEAN OUT THE FREEZER
Figure out what’s in that icebox! And take inventory!
Put foods that need to be used up towards the front, and discard what is past due. This article from funcheaporfree.com contains a great how-to for how to inventory your freezer as well as an easy printout!
Then, make a meal plan that includes these foods. This will make room for a few freezer meals you can add on another day!
ORGANIZE THOSE SCHOOL SUPPLIES
First, buy school supplies if you haven’t already. Then organize the materials by child so that everything is in bags and ready to go.
Be sure to label the items that will stay with your child!
If you’re really motivated it’s also a great day to wash lunch boxes and backpacks that will work for another year!
The best part is that you’ll realize if you’re missing anything essential! Is there anything you still need to get?
It’s so much easier to realize it now instead of the first week of school.
FREEZE BACK TO SCHOOL BREAKFASTS
Organize for back to school by making a few breakfasts ahead for easy grab and go meals once school starts! Our favorites include breakfast burritos, sandwiches, and granola.
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PUT TEACHER GIFTS TOGETHER
Buy or make something easy for teachers on this day. Put it together, and have your child make a card to go with it!
The kids will love having something special to give to their teachers when they meet them for the first time!
Plus, there are so many cheap and easy ideas on Pinterest!
PRACTICE BACK TO SCHOOL ROUTINES
What will you expect from the kids when the school year starts?
This is the time to set those expectations and help them understand what they need to do!
So, set up checklists or simply have kids practice making their lunches and finding their snacks. Show them where they will put their backpacks and do their homework.
Make this day about what you can do to help your kids be more self-reliant.
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DO BACK TO SCHOOL TRADITIONS
This is the time for family relationships to shine! Take pictures, read books, and get excited about this unique time of year!
It’s a perfect opportunity to add a new family tradition!
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MAKE A HOMEWORK STATION
Pick a spot for the kids to do homework and buy a cheap container to put all of their supplies in!
The Target spot and dollar store have cheap caddy containers for pencils, glue, tape, and coloring materials.
Make sure the kids know where it is and can get to it themselves! It will make it easy for them to work on their own projects without mama finding supplies for them!
WRITE THE SCHOOL CALENDAR & EVENTS
As moms, we live and die by the calendar!
Therefore, take a few minutes to write down the school calendar and any events this semester that you need to be aware of.
Figure out when you’ll need to fit in doctor’s appointments and necessary tasks.
If you’re feeling ambitious, take note of days off and plan fun things for those as well!
CREATE A WEEKLY MEAL PLANNING SYSTEM
Now that we’re back to routine, make dinners easier!
Where and when can you make a plan for what to eat on any given week? Will you have the same meals? Could you try a taco Tuesday or themed meals?
You can even buy a cheap marker board to post the meals every week! You’ll always know what meat and food to get out beforehand, and will be able to look ahead.
DECLUTTER ANYTHING LEFT FROM SUMMER
Finally, what is left lying around that needs to be put away from summer?
This is the perfect day to put away those water guns, summer clothes, and the pool bag if you haven’t already. Start fresh and be ready for Fall!