How to Get Organized for
Back to School

Hi everyone! Are you ready for going back to school? It is just around the corner and there are plenty of things that need to be done before the kids head back. 

I personally like to have everything organized and ready to go about a week before school starts. That way if any last minute things come up, I’m not adding them to my already too long to do list. I also find it is just easier on all of us if I’m not stressed out and neither are the kids (well maybe not AS stressed out).

Get Ready for Back to School

Are they ready to go back to school?

There are lots of simple and straightforward ways that you can make sure you are ready for heading back to school. The best part about it is that if it becomes a good habit early in the school year, it can help to simplify life for the whole year!

We chatted with some of our teams who are also getting their kids ready for back to school and we have created a list of tips that can help you get organized and ready to go.

Tips to Help Organize Yourself and Your Kids

1. Get the kids acclimated to a regular schedule

  • About a week before school starts, get the kids used to a new schedule of going to bed at a regular time.
  • Have them wake up at the time they would have to be up for school each morning. Make sure they eat breakfast and get dressed so that they are ready to go on time.

2. Go through their closets

  • Take a look at all of their clothes from last year. If they don’t fit anymore, it might be time to get rid of them, or hand them down to a younger child.
  • If you are getting rid of them, don’t just toss them away. There are lots of kids out there that could use them. So either find someone you know who might need them or donate them to a charitable organization who will be able to get them into the right hands.

3. Prepare for kid’s activities

  • If your kids plan to be involved in any physical activity like soccer or ballet, it is important to make sure that they have had a physical. Many organizations require it and even if they don’t, having it done can get that yearly physical out of the way so you don’t have to think about it later.
  • Fill out all of the necessary paperwork – applications, participation forms, waivers, etc ahead of time so you aren’t scrambling at the last minute trying to get them done.

4. Create a calendar

  • Calendars are one of the best organizational tools out there. Hang it in a prominent place, like your kitchen, where everyone can see it daily. Amy Knapp’s Big Grid Family Organizer Wall Calendar is a fantastic option for this!
  • Color code it for each child and activity, so mom and dad both know who is going where, when and who is taking them. This can save so much confusion later!

5. Make a weekly menu

  • Make a list each week of meals for the week and what you need to purchase in order to make them.
  • Make one trip to the grocery store armed with your list, rather than having to go 2 or 3 times in the same week to pick up things you forgot.
Those are some of our favorite tips to help get you organized for back to school. The one thing we didn’t mention was cleaning up at the end of the school day. Don’t worry about it. Our handy DIY wipes will make the job quick and easy. Or better yet, call One Organized Mom and we will do the clean up for you!
Heather Canning, Head Mom

Head Mom at One Organized Mom
To learn more about Heather’s Story click here.

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