School — is it already here?! Tips for Organzing

ACK!!! For me, school starts in two short weeks. Where did the time go? Before we know it, we’ll be in the mad rush scramble of getting dressed, having breakfast on the table and making lunches. To make the transition a bit easier, Breezy Mama turned to Stephanie Colson of Sweet & Neat Organizing for some guidance. . . Alex

My brain is reluctantly making the shift to prepare my three kids for back to school. I don’t want to find myself scrambling at the last minute to get our house and minds in check for the school year routine. Here is how I get prepared for the school year. Perhaps you do the same things or perhaps I’m enlightening you with some new ideas. Let’s see:

  1. Adjust the Bedtime Schedule: Although this is a tough one to do because I want to squeeze out as much time as possible with my “growing like a weed” kids, I slowly move them in closer to the school bedtime as the first days of school draw near. Research says the best way to adjust your body’s internal clock is to go to bed earlier in increments of 15 minutes every 4-5 days. Your body doesn’t know how to just go to bed an hour earlier in just one try. Be patient with your kids as their bodies adjust to the change.
  2. Get a Jump Start on Your Calendar: The school districts vote on school calendars more than a year in advance. You can find your districts school calendar online. Add the holidays, early outs, back to school nights and last day of school, etc. to your calendar well before the first day of school. This is extremely helpful if you are planning vacations, sports, or doctor appointments.
  3. Plan Before You Shop: I don’t like to shop for school supplies until the teacher put out the classroom supply list. One year I tried to be ahead of the game and purchase classroom supplies before the school year only to find that the teacher had an over abundance of the items I purchased. Shop from a list given by the teacher.
  4. Conquer the Morning Madness: Prep for the next day of school the night before. Have your lunches and snacks planned. To take it a step further, make a grocery list for the week and shop before the school week begins. Meal prep the easy stuff so in the morning all you have to do is grab what you need instead of having to assemble staple items each morning.

  1. Clean and Declutter Your Home: A messy home makes the weekdays more chaotic. If your home is disorganized you might find yourself searching for belongings if they aren’t put away in their proper “home”. This not only helps with school routines but it will make your afternoons easier for all of the taxi driving you do for after school activities and sports. Utilize your Day Planner (link HERE) and smart phone calendars. (Tip: get your family to help out in a “Power Hour” of cleaning each day leading up to the first week of school. Read the blog HERE.)

  1. Have Your School Papers and Household Papers Organized: Keep all of the paper that enters your home in one localized spot. I use this pretty tote to keep all of my current and actionable paper. Once the papers in this are complete and accounted for they move to my permanent file system or they are shredded or recycled. You can read my blog about paper HERE. Link to purchase tote HERE


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