I don’t know about you but I have a love/hate relationship with the beginning of the school year. I love the fresh start and brand new school supplies, but I know I will miss the lazy days of summer! Not that we aren’t busy all year, but August brings strict schedules, homework, extracurricular activities and late nights that can be a nightmare for this planning addict!
I’ve decided to put some systems in place this year to try and get ahead of the craziness!
TRY THESE TIPS FOR A STRESS FREE SCHOOL YEAR!
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The most challenging part for me is keeping track of everyone’s schedules, so I’m always looking for the best way to keep track of my countless lists and reminders. These are some of my favorite planners and calendars:
I like for my planners to be functional, but I also want them to be cute (I do have to look at it everyday and I want something that makes me happy).
My list-loving heart is all about this tear off weekly planner!!
I’ve decided that my next planner will be The Happy Planner! They are just gorgeous, so fun, and there are tons of add-ons so you can customize it for your needs!
I’ve always kept up with everyone’s schedule on my personal planner (I probably still will because it’s great to have something portable), but I wanted to incorporate a large family calendar so that my kids can start to learn some responsibility for knowing where they are supposed to be and when. They won’t always have me to keep up with this stuff!
I really like this and this one but I decided to go with a tear off calendar from Paper Source. It’s so convenient because you don’t have to write in the month/days. You just tear off the page and you’re ready for a new month. You can even go ahead and fill in the dates/appointments for future months.
Now is the perfect time to get a new calendar because most are 18 months and start in July (perfect for back to school)!
Homework…This is one of our biggest sources of tension. We only have a limited amount of time each evening and it seems that the majority of it is filled with homework! One of the best ways to help kids be more productive with homework is to create a dedicated space where they can work with minimal distractions.
It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. I’ve always preferred to work from the couch or the bed (I’m propped up in the bed writing this post 🙂 ). I can honestly focus better when I’m comfortable. My oldest daughter does her homework the same way. I’m sure it goes against every parenting rule, but if it works for her, then it’s fine with me!
Just using a lap desk like the one below is enough to create a great homework space!
Meal time can be very stressful in an already busy family. Between meal planning, shopping, cooking and feeding the family (and don’t forget snacks), it can be a full time job!
We’ve recently added some systems to our home to help take some of the stress out of the meal planning:
- Here’s my system for weekly meal planning
- This is my solution for handling the constant snack requests
I also bought these awesome lunch containers for school lunches. There are separate containers for the sandwich, chips, veggies, fruit, etc. Plus, it comes with an ice pack!
These allergy labels from Mabel’s Labels can be customized for your child’s specific allergy!
The #1 sanity-saving tip I have is to plan as much as possible the night before. This includes picking out clothes for everyone. You could even take it one step further and pick out clothes for the entire week.
A simple clothes organizer like these would be perfect!
Or maybe you prefer these cute organizers from Etsy. There are several designs to choose from!
My girls are 8 and 10 and it’s time for them to take on more of the laundry responsibility. They are happy to help when I ask them, but it can be overwhelming for them when all of our clothes are mixed together. So, we’ll be starting a new system where each person has their own basket.
I still use laundry hampers in their room for dirty clothes. I use these new baskets in the laundry room for sorting clean clothes. If they have clothes in their basket, it is their responsibility to put them away.
We found ours at Target. They have some really cute baskets.
How many items do your kids lose each year? We lose at least one lunch bag and one jacket each year! Labels may not stop them from getting lost, but at least if they do end up in lost and found, they might actually get returned. You can get an entire bundle pack of labels from Mabel’s Labels.
So, how do you stay organized for the school year? I would love to hear from you!