Calming the Craziness of the Back to School Season

Calming the craziness of the back to school season. The best tips for staying organized through a challenging time.

Having trouble getting in the back to school routine swing of things?  This’ll help immensely!

My kids have been back to school for about a month, yet it’s only mid-September!  

There are so many things wrong with that, but I distract myself from many of the reasons.  

I remind myself that they’ll be done with school before Memorial Day!

Total schedule craziness with ending that early too, but I have no say…  

For me (and everyone else), the back to school season is just so darn hectic!  

There are new schedules to learn, new activities to accommodate, new teachers to figure out and new classmates to arrange playdates with (or hang outs as my 10 year old now insists on saying).

And this back to school season, well, life in the Hidek household has not gone as smoothly as I would like.  

As usual, I’m trying to do too much and boy, am I paying for it (more on that in a future post, perhaps!).

Even a month in, I feel like while some of the newness has worn off, other issues are now starting to pop up.  

Here’s what I’m doing these days to try to calm the crazy of this season just a little bit, and it’s so stinking simple that it’s genius: prepping the night before.  

And the rest of this post if devoted to detailing exactly what back to school routines I have and how I’m doing it! 

Near Genius, but Totally Do-able Back to School Routines

Plan out Breakfast

I figure out what I’m going to have for breakfast.  

I’m not a morning person, but a hungry or unsatisfied non-morning person is no fun to be around!  

Same for the kids.  

Figure it out in advance or at least narrow the choices so they can make a quick decision.

Delegate lunch making prep

I also have the kids help out with the prep work of lunch making.  

They empty their lunch boxes, knock out any crumbs, and get all of the non-perishables like juice boxes, applesauce pouches, etc., back into the lunchbox.

We also decide what they are having for lunch the next day so they won’t be disappointed if I don’t have something available.  

Again, I’d like my unpleasant-ness to not occur in the already unpleasant wee hours of the morning.  

{My alarm goes off before 6, still early enough to count as a wee hour, no?}

I like to use this Lunch Planning Kit to make things go even more smoothly. It’s available separate or as a part of the Meal Planning Bundle Kit.

My kids have some ideas to go off of and I don’t get the dreaded “I don’t know” from them.

Pre-load backpacks

I also have the kids pack their backpacks with all homework, supplies, snacks and water bottles the night.  

It cuts down on last minute running around in the morning and helps us be on time each day.  

Essentially, I get as much done the night before as possible to make the mornings run smoothly.

Choose outfits

I also prefer to have the kids pick out what they’ll be wearing the next day.  

My 10 year old would wear athletic shorts with a mismatched shirt every single day if I let him.  

To avoid the outfit battle in the morning, a bit of pre-planning is necessary.

Keep kids clothing neat + organized

Kids love system and order, even if their room is a pit.

These printable labels help bring order to their clothes and make it easier for kids to find what they need without rifling through everything!

Review and sign

Looking over homework and signing any forms or writing notes to the teacher is also done the night before.  

The mornings are so rushed, so there’s just no time to waste in the morning.

Over to you…

And that’s our new back to school routine!  

How about you, now?

What have you done to calm the craziness in your household?  

Let’s discuss in the comments below!

More recommended reading

 I also have another post on this same subject of back to school routines, How I Get Organized for Back to School.  If you want even more strategies, read that post!