We are just chugging along making this upcoming school year the best school year ever.
We started with the introduction which was an overview with a simple free- printable checklist, to help keep you on track.
Week 1: We dived into planning out the year to help eliminate the overwhelming overbooked stress the school year brings. This week included a free outline of what important dates to include plus a calendar.
Today in week 2: Back to School Readiness we are getting organized.
The organization is broken up in 2 weeks. This week we are just coving the basics of organization. Next week we are taking the organization to the extreme. Talking command centers clothing stations and a few more tips and tricks to a hassle-free school year. But! For now, let’s stick with just the basics, because even that can be overwhelming.
Step 1: One kids room at a time. Dump everything from the dresser and the closet in the middle of the floor. Make a mess. Then organize it into 3 piles keep, donate, trash.
Keep: things that fit and they wear, and you have seen on them in the past year
Donate or Resale: Clothes that no longer fit or you haven’t seen them wear in over a year
Trash: Anything that is torn overly stained or too worn.
Did you realize there is no maybe pile… that is because if you must think about it, you more than likely will never see your kids in it. One more note, old socks and underwear goes into the trash pile.
Take your time with this one. Don’t do all your kids in one day, unless you only have one kid.
Far too often we get motivated to knock it all out, then when we are half way through decide it is too much and find ourselves popping popcorn and pouring a glass of wine, and start binge-watching Netflix’s.
Go through one kid’s stuff at a time. Plan on eliminating the overwhelming feeling. Get one done and be done for the day, enjoy your day, get some sun, read a book, even take a bubble bath if kids allow it. Then repeat every day until every closet is gone through and organized.
Step 2: Repeat step 1 for your clothes. I know this time of the year is all about the kids but especially if you live in a tax-free state a shirt is a shirt and if they say shirts are tax-free that includes yours. Save money buy when the price is right.
Yep, you deserve to have a nice organized closet too!
If you don’t know what I am talking about when I say tax-free weekend check out last weeks post to see if your state participates and what will be tax free.
Step 3: Review dress code for school especially if they must wear uniforms, specific shoes and/or specific colors.
This one is so important.
Growing up many of us went to public school. I like to think I am not that old, but when I went to public school there were no uniforms. All we had were basic dress codes, no super short dressing or shorts, girls could not wear tube tops or spaghetti straps… you get the point.
Nowadays dress codes include how you can and can’t wear your hair to what shoes are permitted. So read it, know it, shop accordingly.
Step 4: Make a list of what clothes everyone will need. Be specific with your list write color/ size and type of clothing and how many you will need.
I don’t think I need to go into detail with this.
When things are cleared out you will have a better idea what they need, pants, shorts, long sleeved, short shelved shirts, dresses, skirts, gym clothes, shoes…
If you can, plan for all seasons. This way you are not having to run out later during the busy school year.
Step 5: Clean out that junk drawer. That’s where all the missing pens went.
Yes, that evil place where things go to never be seen again. Just take an hour one day and do this you will be surprised by what you find, and what you can still use.
If you can’t use it trash it.
Step 6: Go through office supplies. If you are wanting to get better organized this year, I recommend sticky notes and notebooks. Putting a bin together of things that will help you with this task throughout the year. Just one bin or baskets makes a world of difference.
Back to school time is an amazing time to stock up on supplies you need for your house and office. Take advantage of the low prices.
Step 7: Go through all last year’s school supplies. Check backpack for rips, does the pencil box still work, hows the pencil sharpener holding up, binders still intact. When my daughter started school, I went for high quality for many of the things she could reuse. They cost more upfront but after 3 years I already have my return and then some. I knew
It is always nice to get new stuff. But! I like the “If it is not broken then why replace it,” thought process.
I even let my daughter add some pizazz to her supply box by adding stickers and some sticky jewels. I am a fan of the recycle, reuse, and repurpose theory.
Step 8: Get a copy of your students’ school recommended school supply list. Go through it mark off everything you have/ can reuse
Most of these lists can be found online or in stores such as Target and Walmart.
Try to avoid grabbing it the day you are shopping and instead do it way before so you can plan accordingly. While Walmart and Target have the majority of the supplies I need office stores such as Staples and Office Max also have great deals as well and always carry the right folders.
Step 9: Make a list of all the school supplies/home office supplies you will need. Be specific, colors of folders, a specific type of binders, colors/types of markers, the color of pens… you get the idea
Now that everything is cleaned out and organized a list will be easy to compile.
Step 10: Think about…Will your kid have special projects? Are there any supplies you can pick up now to make your life easier later? Construction Paper? Markers, Colored Pencils? Glitter? Presentation board? If you think of anything add it to the list.
Again, take advantage of the sales while they are there. This will save you from running out later as well as save a little money.
I recommend grabbing a Tupperware bin (they are also on sale during back to school season) and storing all the extras in one convenient place.
Step 11: Your Kids Playing Sports? Go through old equipment and gear. Trash or donate anything not being used this upcoming school year.
Sporting stores have many sales this time of the year. Take advantage of them while you can. Sports gear is not cheap.
This also goes for clubs and band gear.
Step 12: Double check that you scheduled specific shopping trips or a weekend for shopping on the calendar in part 1 of Back to School Readiness.
I told you we would get back to this date!
Now go back to it. Did you give yourself enough time to organize?
Now I want you to go back to that calendar and write down when you will organize things.
For example: When will you go through each kid closet, the junk drawer, your closet, the office supplies, when will you make the lists.
It is a fact that you are more likely to achieve your goals when you write them down. Plus it feels good to check things off your list!
DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS ALL IN ONE WEEKEND USELESS YOU KEEP UP WITH IT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. Going through everything and organizing can get overwhelming so do one task a day. Even if you spread them out days apart the important thing is just getting them done before the school shopping date to ensure you get everything you need and things are organized and ready to go.
Need a break down of this post. Plus, some shopping lists (new clothes list, school supplies list, and sports/special list) print outs! Yep, got you covered.
Next week, we are going extreme with some optional organization choices to help you breeze through this upcoming school year and keep your whole family on track!