It’s that time of year again: back-to-school season is officially upon us. We all know it can be a hectic time of year, what with all of the school supply shopping, hunting for the perfect first day of school outfit, and getting back into the groove of making school lunches. Or are you super mom and started prepping weeks ago for back-to-school season? If so, we salute you! As for the rest of you who are a little late to the back-to-school game, don’t fret! I rounded up a few tips and tricks for getting your home ready for school that will make your life so much easier by the time the first bell rings.
Get on Schedule
Before it gets too close to the first day of school, try and get back into a normal schedule. Laying out clothes the night before, getting to bed by a certain time and, of course, getting up and ready for the day before 9 AM. Summer is great, but we get all off schedule which makes back to school that much harder for us. We started our new schedule a week ago and so far, it’s going great!
Clean and Declutter
This might seem like the type of thing you would do for spring cleaning, but trust me, it’s just as important during back-to-school season. If you can purge a lot of your unneeded and unused things from around the house, you and your family will feel so much more organized and mentally prepared for the school year ahead. It’s kind of like New Year’s Day. You could even have your kids create resolutions for the new school year!
Here are 7 more ways to get your home ready for back-to-school season:
Put up a Family Calendar
The beginning of the school year also means the beginning of car-pool, football practice, ballet lessons, and the list goes on and on! Keep everyone in the loop with a dry-erase calendar. I love this paint chip one — it's so cute and simple! Get the tutorial from Chicisms
Create Individual Cubbies for Your Kids
Keep your kids' school stuff organized and looking great with some custom cubbies! If the kids have a designated place to put their things when they get home, they will, especially if it's conveniently located by the door. This will also make running out the door in the morning a breeze!Get the tutorial from One Creative Mommy
Make a Family Message Board
Whether you want to spotlight an A+ spelling test or have a go-to spot for your kid's class snack schedule, this family message board is a mom's dream come true. It's a great way for the entire family to not only stay organized, but also have a place to leave notes, inspirational quotes, and more!Get the tutorial from 4 Men and 1 Lady
Create a Snack Station
When I was a kid, my mom set up a snack station for us kids to browse through when we got home from school. It was perfect! We were happy and snacking, and mom didn't have a bunch of whining, hungry kids. It's a win-win!Get more inspiration from Good Housekeeping
Dedicate a Drawer for Lunch Food
If you pack lunches for your kids every day, that can be a lot of work! Take some of the work out of it, by clearing out a drawer in the fridge and having it be the designated spot for lunch food. You'll be amazed how much quicker packing lunches will become!
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Create a Homework Space
Every kid needs a great place to work on their studies! Create a space for them to make studying special and fun. Buy a new desk, or paint an old one. An organized area dedicated to doing their homework will make it easier to get your kids in the habit of focusing on their studies after school and before dinner.Buy this one from The Land of Nod, $399