Simple and practical tips for making back to school and beyond much easier for kids and parents.
It’s that time of year again when the kiddos are heading back to school. My son is in grade 12, so he’s pretty self-sufficient. Over the years, I’ve stepped back more and more, allowing him to share a bigger portion of the day-to-day responsibilities that come along with getting to and from school and everything else in between. Basically, if I keep the fridge and pantry stocked with healthy food, he’s good to go!
Although we’re at the far end of the spectrum in our house, I realize that many of you have younger kids. It’s an exciting time, but back to school can also be stressful making sure outfits are just right, lunches are packed, and everyone is ready to go out the door on time.
To make the transition from summer break to school much easier, I rounded up some kid-friendly recipes, clothing solutions, organizing ideas and more. Setting up some daily and weekly routines can make all the difference in how smoothly things go on the first day of school and beyond.
Back to School Ideas
Courtney from A Thoughtful Place had them same idea when organizing her daughter’s closet for back to school.
Linda from The Organic Kitchen shared all kinds of ideas for healthy back to school lunches.
Trish from Uncommon Designs simplified lunch packing by putting a school lunch station. So smart!
Not sure what to do with the papers that come home from school? Danyelle from Dandee created a school papers + memorabilia system that is simple, yet effective at clearing up the clutter.
Sarah from Applestone Drive put together a budget-friendly kid’s backpack station. This designated zone helps keep all the school stuff in one place and is straightforward for the kids to use.
Back in my son’s elementary school days, I put together a homework supplies box. It held all the supplies he could ever need to stay focused and get done quickly. Usually he had some sort of after-school activity he needed to get to, so the less distractions, the better. We still use a homework box, but the supplies are a little different now.
If you want to take this idea even further, Simply Organized has fantastic tips for creating an organized homework station.
Finally, don’t forget to label everything!
What have you found to help you be more organized on school days? Any tips or tricks for busy parents?
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Enjoy your day!