Even though summertime feels like it only just began, it’s almost time for families everywhere to start preparing for the upcoming school year. Unfortunately, the thought of returning to school can be stressful for you and the little ones. The best way to combat this stress is to get ahead of the back-to-school curve now!
Before you get started with school supply shopping, check out your children’s school website. Chances are it will have a school-approved supplies list that you can print and take with you on your next shopping trip.
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Next, decide what your child really needs versus what they want. Most backpacks and lunch boxes can be reused, but new notebooks and writing supplies are a must.
Tip: If your children are concerned with not looking very cool with last year’s backpack, an easy, cost-effective solution is to decorate their old backpacks. Reinvent their old school bags with some fun paint or stylish pins or patches.
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After you’ve gone shopping for the best and most important supplies, the next thing on your agenda should be to get the home ready. A cube organizer or KidSpace Storage Shelf will streamline organization because most kids are already accustomed to the “cubby” system in their classrooms.
Tip: Let each family member pick out a Fabric Drawer color. This way, everyone will know exactly which spot is theirs.
Once the house is ready, it’s important to get the kids used to earlier bed-times and wake-up calls. About one to two weeks before school starts, encourage earlier sleep times so the transition to school time is a lot easier for the whole household.
Tip: If it’s possible, bring the kids to see their new school classrooms. This can help them visualize their first day, and alleviate some of their back-to-school nerves so they can feel excited and prepared.
By planning ahead this back to school season, you and your family will be able to enjoy those last few days of summer before the school year begins. For even more lifestyle tips and organization inspiration, check out ClosetMaid.com and all of our other channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Houzz and Flickr.