The Back to School season is a rough time! You’re dealing with changing schedules and increased obligations. You’re faced with a set in stone calendar and maybe even kids who are not quite cooperative. It can be a stressful time for sure. One of the ways I combat all of this stress is through planning and organization! Easy enough for me to say right? I’m going to show you how it can be easy for you to say AND do just that too!
One of the best ways to be ready for Back to School is to always be preparing for it. One of my most favorite places to shop in Target is on the back aside end caps. I’m a sucker for a really good deal. I try to do most of my Back to School shopping for school supplies in October and early July. Why those seemingly random months? I can score the best deals then.
In October, I am on the look out for the staple supplies I know my kids will need, namely pencils and glue sticks. There always seem to be a few that were misplaced in the store and are now marked down to 16 cents or so. In July, the early Back to School sales start hitting Target and the office supply stores like Staples. Again, I browse for the best deals on the staple items and pick up what I think the kids will need to make it through the year. I continue to cross items off of the school supply list. Oh and that list? I don’t wait for it to come to me. I go to my school’s website and hunt the info down, usually before the end of the school year so I can get going on the next school year’s list.
In early August, I get the kids and have them go shopping in “Mommy’s Store.” They love checking things off the list (yes, they both have some of my good organizational habits developed already) and making sure they have what they need for school. We pack the items in their backpacks so they’ll be all set and the first day of school won’t be spent rushing around to make sure we have everything.
Another strategy I use is to start looking at what clothes my kids will need pretty early on too. We are fortunate to get a lot of hand me downs from my older nephews. I’ve told you about how I deal with hand me downs before. Before the change of seasons and changing temperatures, I pull out the bins and take a look at what I have. I make note of what I need and shop for those items over the coming months.
Why does this system work for me? Because I know what I have and I know how to find what I have. I have designated areas to keep both the too big yet clothing and school supplies. Outgrown clothing gets sent to my brother for his little one or on my porch for donation pickup. The next size up clothing are sorted by size in bins that are stacked in one specific area in my attic. Small school supplies live in this table that was once my Grandmother’s seeing table. Having designated areas for items makes it easy to put away any purchases so they’ll be ready when needed.
So how to be more like me? It goes back to the saying, “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” It’s a great mantra that every organized person lives by. Need help finding a place for everything? That’s where I come in. Let’s work together to make it happen for you today. Drop me an email or give me a call! I work with anyone who has a phone or internet connection.
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