Back-to-school sales are everywhere, and your home will soon become overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of back-to-school time. Making the transition into the school year routine, isn’t always easy. School bells will start ringing in just a few weeks, and so will those early morning alarms. There’s lunches to prep, backpacks to pack, and kids to dress for school. Here is How to Master your Back-to-School Routine for the hectic days ahead.
How to master your back-to-school routine
Implement a bedtime schedule
Start getting back into your bedtime schedule one week ahead. Make sure you kids get at least 8-10 hours of sleep, as we all know how cranky they can be when they’re tired. Practice getting up and getting dressed at the same time each morning to help your mornings run smoothly.
Establish your command center
Designate one spot in your home where all school things such as backpacks, lunch boxes, etc are kept to help get them out the door quicker in the mornings. For inspiration, check out this post on ways to build your own command center. Keeping everything in one place will help keep your sanity in check when mornings start to get crazy.
Stock up on supplies at home
If you are homeschooling, stock up on supplies as you start the beginning of a new year. For more ways to save on back-to-school supplies check out this post. Be sure to keep a bin of extra school supplies in your closet just in case.
Create a homework station
Create a homework station for your children, that’s not the kitchen table. As the school year continues, your kids will likely be bringing home a lot of projects that can’t be completed before dinner. If there is clutter or other school related material on the table, you will be interrupting your child’s productivity, or be more tempted to eat out.
Prep lunches the night before
Prepare your children’s lunches the night or week before to avoid overwhelming busy mornings. This will ensure that your children never go hungry, and that you don’t have to pay for expensive school lunches.
Create a meal plan
Every week, create a meal plan for your family. This will not only help you buy only what you need, but it will allow you to prepare meals ahead of time and stay organized.
Organize your children’s clothes for the entire week
Instead of scrambling to put together an outfit the day of, pick out every outfit for the week ahead of time! Pick out your children’s outfits every Sunday and hang them up or lay them out for the week.
A little preparation beforehand will go a long way during the transition of back-to-school. Stay on top of your schedule and plan ahead to master your back-to-school routine.
How do you prepare for back-to-school?