10 Steps to Avoid Back to School Mayhem
1. Secure Required School Supplies
Avoid the stress of last-minute shopping by securing all necessary school supplies, clothing and footwear during the sales tax holiday. Florida’s back-to-school tax-free weekend is set for August 3 – August 5 this year. Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar and have your school supply checklist ready to go so you can take advantage of the sales tax savings. Here is a full list of items that are eligible for sales tax exemption. Note of caution – don’t overload you house with bulk quantities. School supplies can be tempting but over purchasing can cause storage issues and clutter stress.
2. Back to School Closet Clean-out
Make getting dressed in the morning a breeze by placing similar items together in the closet (e.g. put uniforms together, shirts together, shorts together etc.). When you’re back to school, encourage your kids to select and set aside the clothes they want to wear the next day on the evening prior.
3. Designate Home “Locker”
Create a habit whereby all school related items go o the zone directly after school. When homework is complete and lunches are made, review next day extra-curricular activities and place in the zone. This way, the kids always know where their stuff is, and it is ready to grab and go when needed.
4. Control Your Command Center
5. DIT Lunches
6. Fridge and Pantry Zones
7. Routine Reset
Practice getting moving quickly in the mornings with your kids by also returning to your school morning schedule about a week prior to school starting. By resetting routines and times a week in advance, the adjustment from school vacation to school week won’t feel as disruptive.
8. First Day Planning
9. Rule Adjustments
10. Plan Breakfast
Follow the above ten tips to prepare for the back to school season with ease and calmly conquer your school mornings. Do you have any back to school organization tips you’d like to share? Leave a comment below.