Summer break can be a lot like taking your kids out to get ice cream. It seems like a fun idea, until your kids are sticky, dirty and bouncing off the walls. If you are like us and craving calm after the chaos, we’ve got you covered. Let’s get organized for back to school!
Create a shared family calendar.
Knowing where everyone needs to be is half the battle and creating a shared family calendar can help. For families with teens, a shared google calendar is a perfect way to communicate your family schedules. For younger kids, a dry erase calendar will make it easy for them to know what to expect in the upcoming week.
Make outfits easier.
Consider making your child a “capsule wardrobe” to make mornings easier. When you’re back-to-school shopping, stick to mix-and-match colors and let them choose what to wear each morning. If that does not work, try laying out outfits for the week on Sunday to remove the guesswork from your morning routine.
Start meal planning.
Love it or hate it, meal planning can make your week run more smoothly and answer the proverbial “what’s for dinner” question. If you’re new to meal planning, here is a week of recipes to get you started. From there, make a list of your family favorites and repeat to get you through the weeks!
Clear clutter with a charging station.
These days, devices can make or break your kid’s day. Make sure your family’s devices are charged by creating a charging station in a central location. You can get creative with this DIY option or simply keep all chargers in one drawer for easy access.
Institute a family tradition.
As they say, “the days are long, but the years are short” and creating a family tradition can help them become memorable. Start a ritual for the first day of school, Friday night pizza night or Sunday morning pancakes. Whatever you choose, make it yours and look forward to it.
What are you doing to get organized for back to school? Follow along as I share my daily struggles to keep my toddler dressed and fed on Instagram. I can use all the help I can get for the years to come!