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Can you believe that we are already halfway through the summer?! We are only a few weeks away from back to school so it’s the perfect time to start preparing your space to support your family during the school year. Get a head start and prevent the overwhelm of trying to get it all done at once (or the shame and guilt of just winging it). Breaking up your actions into bite size pieces will make preparing for the school year much easier while still allowing time to enjoy the rest of the summer. In this 5 week series I will be sharing some back to school preparation tips to make this upcoming school year a productive one.
Back to School Preparation Tips:
1. Take Inventory
This time of year there are plenty of commercials and advertisements that will tell us all the things kids must have for a successful school year. The truth is we need much less than what marketers advertise we need. Set aside some time this week to go through these actions:
Download the school’s suggested supplies list
Review which supplies you already have on hand and start making a list of the ones you will need to purchase.
Check backpacks and lunch boxes
Check the condition of your children’s backpacks & lunch boxes (zippers open and close smoothly, straps are not ripped, bottom has no holes, etc.). If they are still in good condition give them a good wash. Take advantage of the warm sunny days to dry them outdoors. A backpack in a warm sunny location will dry thoroughly in a couple of hours.
Create an emergency essentials kit for your tween
Puberty is awkward and difficult enough. Put together an emergency essentials kit and give your tween peace of mind. She can keep the kit in her backpack or locker. Restock as needed throughout the school year.
Here is a list of essentials you may want to include:
- compact hairbrush
- hair ties
- bobby pins
- breath strips
- travel size deodorant
- travel size body spray
- feminine products
- hand lotion
- lip balm
- facial tissue paper
- small nail file
- stain remover (wipes or pen)
Take inventory of school clothes
If your children are required to wear uniforms now is the time to take inventory and order new ones. You’ll have enough time to receive the uniforms well before school starts. The extra time comes in handy if they need to be returned or altered for fit.
If your children don’t need a uniform start by reviewing the school’s dress code with them. Your children will get familiar with the rules and choose their clothes with them in mind.
Whether your children need uniforms or not the next step is to weed out all the clothes or uniforms that no longer fit, are stained, faded or ripped. (Please dispose of clothes responsibly. Find a textile recycling bin near you instead of sending to the landfill. It’s much better for the environment, you teach your children to recycle and also support your local school.) Review stockings, socks, ties and shoes too. Make a list of all the items to replace.
2. Fill in the Gaps
Now that you are armed with a checklist establish a budget and create a shopping plan. Consider shopping at consignment stores. Some clothes still have their original tags on and they are a fraction of the original retail price. It’s a great way to support a local business, keep excess clothes out of the landfills and teach our children to opt for environmentally friendly alternatives all while saving money too.
To make things even easier for you I added the actions list for week 1 into a convenient printable. You can download here.
Stay tuned for upcoming back to school preparation tips.
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