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5 easy ways to get organized for back to school


The gift and the curse. The yin and the yang. The trial and the glory.

All of the things that that are opposite in reaction are all of the feels that I have about back to school time.

Trading in ease, simplicity and the love of my bed on Saturday mornings for homework, nightly cooking and early ballet lessons/baseball games is what I’m getting my mind right for.

Y’all know I’m all about planning, and when I hear people say they don’t have time to plan my response is always then you want to stay crazy. A few short minutes of planning is worth a week of peace. Trust and believe.

Heading back to school is a trying time for parents as we have to start switching our own schedules around to accommodate for the needs of our offspring along with many of the other responsibilities that we juggle.

I implore you to plan your days and think of ways to make your life a little easier. Just a few minutes of planning will afford you a little downtime in the evening before having to do it all over again the next day.

Here are 5 tips to help you get organized for back to school

Setup a Separate Email Address for School Correspondence

Back to School

Yes. My inbox is ridiculous.

With school budgets getting cut and the increased adoption of technology more and more correspondence is being sent through email. I appreciate this because it keeps paper clutter in my house to a minimum and I don’t have to worry with physically keeping up with things. Before you go all don’t add another thing to my list just think about the fact that something important like 50’s dress up day may go unnoticed among your Gap sale email. I’m pretty sure this goes without saying but please make sure to check the email, like set it up to push to your phone OKAY.

Get Your Children Involved

checklist

For children that are old enough to take some responsibility in getting themselves ready for school post a fun check off printable they can use daily. This super cute morning printable from Baby Shopaholic makes sure your little one knows  what to do daily. Create one for evening routines as well and maybe offer a fun reinforcement incentive for success in consistently completing the list. In addition to getting themselves ready, introduce age appropriate chores. If they are only old enough to put their shoes away introduce it, one less thing you have to do.

Meal Plan Based on Your Weekly Activities

Don’t just meal plan, meal plan with a purpose. Kids have activities on Wednesdays? Plan a crockpot meal for that day. Eating out is such an easy and expensive cop out. If you can get in a place to prepare ahead of time you can keep your coins in your pocket. Give yourself grace to not cook at least once a week but don’t make that the option because you didn’t plan.

Batch Activities on the Weekend

My kids like warmed over pancakes. So guess what? On Sunday evenings I’m going to make enough pancakes for the week and put them in the refrigerator for breakfast during the week, some weeks I’ll make these. Ironing/laying out clothing, combing hair, signing all paperwork in advance for the week when feasible, laundry, creating snack baskets, and creating chore lists are great activities to batch on a free day to save you time during the week.

Set Reminders on Your Phone

Don’t force yourself to have to remember all of the things. Set reminders on your phone to keep you on top of the little things. I am notorious for forgetting to make my son practice his piano. I have a reminder set for when he has to start and another for when he can finish. Set one for when it’s time to start homework, dinner, leave for practice or for that daily activity you have to do that constantly slips your mind. Over time you won’t need it but its great to not have to remember those things.

If you have any more helpful tips please drop them into the comments. Let’s all help each other make this a smooth transition!

 

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11 Comments

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    Sonya
    July 25, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    I’m a big fan of meal planning with a purpose. Planning our meals around what we have going on helps me to stick to my meal plan. Because I know I need quick and easy options planned for busy days.
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    Tia
    July 25, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Meal planning is my lifesaver! Another thing that helps us is having a family calendar that everyone can see. I write everyone’s “stuff” on it. Practices, games, doctor appointments etc. It’s helpful for all of us to be able to see what’s happening that day. I also write our meal plan on it so that everyone know what’s for dinner and they don’t have to ask me 800 times, LOL!
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    kita bryant
    July 26, 2016 at 2:22 am

    I don’t even have time for meal planning cause I don’t have time to cook this year with all the many things these kids are in I will be going going going everyday of the week except Tues and Fridays. My kids will be pulling more of their weight though this year.
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    Nona
    July 27, 2016 at 9:53 am

    I sync my planner dates of family activities to my google calendar. Everyone has a cell phone now so I’ll be adding them to it for updates.

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    Amanda
    July 29, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Very helpful Mimi, I love the idea of cooking breakfast for a few days if possible. I just bought a new planner from Target and have already started planning my days in it. Last year I was horrible with paper work and forgetting field trips. I vow to do better this year.

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    Tasheena @Our Delightful Home
    July 31, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Great Tips! I created the email address 🙂

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    Ayanna
    August 1, 2016 at 9:12 am

    I don’t meal plan but we have to start. I have a hubby in school and two children in school! Dis Tew Murch! lol

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    Bianca
    August 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    This is great advice! Especially the idea about a separate email address for school related correspondence.

    • Reply
      Mimi
      August 5, 2016 at 7:38 am

      I’m telling you it makes a difference. I like not feeling like important school stuff is getting mixed in with junk mail.

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    Charlotte
    August 1, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Love this post!

    I really need to get better at meal planning, it would save me time !

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      Mimi
      August 5, 2016 at 7:38 am

      It saves so much time, not to mention it is one less thing to keep up with daily

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