If you knew me in real life, you’d know that I don’t function well in chaos. Especially when that chaos is in my house! So, towards the end of July or first of August I start getting a little antsy to get prepared for school to start back up! Today I thought it would be fun to share with you 6 Back to School Organization Tips that help me stay sane and get prepared for a new school year!
These are all pretty simple things in my opinion. All things you can put together or organize in a few hours, aside from the actual school shopping. So, let’s get prepping!
#1 – Create Homework Station / Get Homework Station Organized
A couple years ago, I put this homework station together. For the most part it’s the same, but I have changed a few small things.
With kids in elementary school, here are my must have items for the homework station:
- Lined writing paper
- Practice Spelling Words sheets
- Pencil Sharpener
- Tape Dispenser & Tape
- Dry Erase Boards and Markers
- Crayons and/or Twistable Colored Pencils
- Glue Sticks
#2 – Clean out kids closets and shop for school clothes
Last year I shared my routine for organizing and shopping. You can find out all my Back to School Clothes Shopping details here!
I have a pretty standard system I follow! I do this because it helps me keep to my budget and I love to have a list of exactly what I’m looking for when I take my kids shopping!
I love these printable clothes hangers from Pretty Providence too.
#3 – Prepare Back to School Gifts
I grew up with a mom that was a teacher and Principal and I know just how hard they work, how many EXTRA hours they work and how underpaid they are. So, we always like to recognize my kids teachers for all the they do to be the best teacher they can be.
Last year my kids gave their teachers this fun Back to School teacher gift of disposable tableware and we’ve also done a fun simple Mason Jar Gift filled with surviving the first week of school. This year we’re putting together these fun Smart Cookie Teacher Gifts. My First Day of School Mason Jar Gift for have been a hit a few different years.
#4 – Prepare morning and bedtime routine
I am BIG on routine! I try and be a fun mom and am a little more relaxed in the summer, but by the end of the summer this mama needs routine to return! When my kids are younger, I love to print off and laminate my Morning Routine Printable and Bedtime Routine Printable.
As they get older we just have rules. In the morning they have to have their bedrooms and bathrooms picked up and tidy before leaving to school. If they don’t, they don’t get technology that day. This school year, my boys are switching to the later school track, so I will probably be adding in getting their reading done too.
#5 – Lunch Ideas / Prep and Print Lunchbox Jokes & Back to School Note
My oldest almost always has home lunch and he tends to just go with a PB&J. So, I like to switch up the sides and treats to help make his lunches a little different each day.
I love the pantry organization that Little Green Notebook uses in her Snack Pantry! I have major plans for my snack/lunch foods soon!
I also love to insert Lunchbox jokes into his lunches! I put together this list of Lunchbox Jokes for ALL YEAR LONG! Check it out!
Also, if you’re wanting to make the first day of school extra special, make sure to put this fun Back to School Note in your your kids lunch!
#6 – Get after school chores planned organized!
I am big on my kiddos having some after school routine! Although, in full disclosure, we are moving to the later track for school and I am hoping they are able to get them done in the morning now!
For my boys, we now keep it simple and I assign them 2 chores to do everyday for a month. Things like: empty garbage cans, wipe down 1/2 bathroom, clean up Quinn’s poop, help Dylan pick up her room/toys, sweep kitchen, do dinner dishes, set the table for dinner, etc.
I will also continue to implement my DIY Kids Paid Chore Chart that my kids can do! Both me and my kids had a great experience with this this summer!
I hope these ideas help you find success in your transition back to a new school year! Woohoo!