As summer comes to an end and you’re gearing up to start getting ready for all things back to school (or maybe you’re mega prepared and have already started back to school shopping and organizing), it can often seem like no matter how hard you TRY to think of everything you and your children need for back to school, you always manage to forget something.
Use this list of 7 ways to prepare for back to school to ensure you’re not forgetting ANYTHING this year.
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This list will help you remember everything from new pencils for your child to binder dividers to keep their work neat and organized.
Some people LOVE this back to school season and all the hype and busyness it brings, while others prefer the simpler days when they were able to lay in the sun with their family without worrying about packing school lunches (this kit is great) or making sure their kids got all their homework done before the next school day.
Though back to school is always a busy season, it doesn’t have to be stressful.
To help you start your back to school shopping and organizing off on the right foot, I have put together a great little printable checklist for you to print off and check as you go.
Using this printable back to school checklist will help you make sure you aren’t buying doubles of things you already have and will give you a visual of exactly what you need to get for the school season – no more, no less.
7 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR BACK TO SCHOOL
1. MAKE A LIST
The best way to ease the stress when you feel overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done before your kids go back to school is to stop, sit down, and make a list. (I like to use this.)
Whether you make a shopping list of all the school supplies your kid will need for going back to school or a list of stuff that you need to get done around the house before your kids are back to school. Lists can work wonders when you’re feeling stressed and don’t know where to start.
Lists help you keep yourself accountable by being a constant reminder of what needs to be done, but allowing you to do it at your own pace. Using a list also gives you peace of mind that you’re not forgetting anything important.
When you solely rely on remembering things that need to get done and things that you need to buy, there’s a good chance you will end up forgetting a thing or two and you’ll end up spending more time trying to remember it than if you were to just sit down and create a list in the first place.
Creating a back to school shopping list will help you spend money on only the things you need. If you go into the stores blindly there’s a good chance that the many sale banners that boast they have the best prices in town will get the best of you and you’ll end up buying something that you actually didn’t need. And how are you supposed to know whether you need it or not if you don’t have a list? That is why shopping with a list is extremely important any time you go shopping, not just for back to school shopping.
2. TAKE INVENTORY
Before you even start your back to school shopping, it’s important that you go through your house and take inventory of everything you already have.
You may be surprised by the large amount of carry-over stock you still have left from last year’s back to school shopping.
From cases of unused pencils to spare lunch boxes lying around your house, there’s a good chance you won’t have to buy everything on your back to school shopping list.
Take inventory of your house after you have created your back to school shopping list, but before you actually go back to school shopping. Then, cross items off of your list as you find them in your house.
You might even be able to bring that multi-page back to school shopping list down to a single page.
3. HAVE FUN
Back to school isn’t here just yet, take this time before your kid goes back to school to do something fun together as a family. That might be a spontaneous weekend road trip or just a fun trip to the beach.
Make time in your busy schedule to stop stressing over back to school and just enjoy this day. Tomorrow comes soon enough, learn to focus on today, and do something together as a family while your child is still out of school.
4. PLAN SCHOOL LUNCHES
Okay, sitting down and planning a whole school year’s worth of lunches in one sitting does not sound fun, and that’s not what I’m saying you should do, either. Instead, you should get an idea of what you are going to be doing for your children’s lunches throughout the year.
When will be the best time of day for you to make their lunches, or will you figure it out from day to day. Will you make the lunches yourself, will you have your kids help you, or will you have your kids make their lunches on their own? What kinds of meals are easy and quick to make for days when you don’t have time to make a big meal?
Related: 5 Ways to Meal Prep for a Week
5. MARK YOUR CALENDAR
If it weren’t for my calendar, I am sure I wouldn’t make it to even half the appointments and events going on. If I don’t mark something down on my calendar, I usually forget it before the day is over, so I have started making a habit of writing things down on my phone’s calendar as soon as I make a plan or appointment and setting a reminder at a specific time before the event so I can ensure I have enough time to get ready for it, even if I already forgot about it.
THIS is a really great calendar for busy moms.
Start marking your calendar with all of your kid’s school activities and events so you can ensure you don’t forget about them. This also lifts the stress of having to remember events off of your shoulders.
6. DESIGNATE A HOMEWORK STATION
To help your kid stay in the routine of getting their homework done, rather than them sitting in their room doing their homework and getting distracted by stuff, consider designating a certain spot in your house to a homework station.
Somewhere that is in the open and near wherever you are in case they need help with their homework.
7. USE A CHECKLIST
I don’t know about you, but I am crazy about checklists. I love the satisfaction I get when I am able to cross something off of my list. I also love that I don’t have to worry about remembering everything because it’s all written down on my list.