Back to school. Say what!? My word. This summer went by so quickly for us, and it was a great one. We were poolside almost every day, out having fun, being lazy, and just doing whatever we felt like. We are headed to the beach for family time and relaxing (read: hoping Edie doesn’t eat too much sand), then the kiddos start pre-school and 1st grade shortly after we get back home. The beginning and ending of school has been a big adjustment period for me since the dawn of time. Different routines, different schedules, adjusting to those, and then adjusting back. I am at my best when I’m on a schedule and a routine of some sort, whether it be my own or the kids’ schedules for school, give me all the routines.
With the impending school year upon us, I thought I’d take time to share my one tip and 5 favorite ways to start and adjust to a new routine for back to school.
My single tip to survive Back to School?
Seriously. In my 35 years on this planet, I have gone from being a kid with the late library books because they’re buried under trillions of papers shoved in my desk in elementary school, to being a post-it note and to-do-list maven. Ok, maybe not a maven, but I do have a few prioritized running to-do lists, a planner, meal planning sheets I actually fill out (whether I actually follow my plans, is another story), and a place for 95% of all the things in this house (whether they make it there, is another story too).
By staying organized, my brain can have space to think and relax. When things are awry, I get really stressed out. This results in me typically having a come apart and purging the house over a few weeks. You get a donation bag, you get a donation bag! You get a donation bag! Everyone. Gets. A. Donation. Baaaaaaaaaaaaag!
These are my 5 favorite ways to Start and Adjust (read: survive) to Back To School
1. Get your pantry in shape.
An organized pantry is usually my starting point for my sanity when things go awry. I get lazy and toss things in it, then wonder things like:
“Where is the cereal?”
“We don’t have rice? Yes we do. I guess we don’t since no one can find it. Anywhere.”
“No tortillas… I guess Taco Tuesday is cancelled forever.”
But now I can find my tortillas. Boom.
2. Visible Meal Planning
I am always good for having a meal plan, but then I lose it, because it becomes clutter. I started keeping a meal plan visible on my kitchen-station, and keeping a Chalkboard Meal Planner right on the fridge is a wonderful idea!
3. Homework Station & Organizer
Lilly does her homework at the kitchen table, and it usually makes for a chaotic after-school time. I am going to make one of these Kids Desk Organizer and Homework Station from Anika’s DIY Life to keep all things homework and kid-related in one neat and organized area!
4. Entry Area Organization
After designing this entry area with a gorgeous chippy paint door, shelf, hooks and a key holder, and a shoe rack, my stress level dropped. But then we replaced the rock-filled-boot-tray with the rolling tray below, and this whole set-up has literally saved my sanity. We come in the door, drop shoes, bags, and keys, all right here. No one in the world has time to run around looking for shoes and bags and keys and their sanity.
5. Shoe Storage
Not many things burn me up more, than missing shoes. Edie is notorious for losing one shoe. There is probably a lone shoe in each parking lot I’ve ever been to since she was born, while the other somehow finds its’ way to the boot tray. We each keep one pair of shoes on this boot tray, and the rest in closets. Make your own rolling boot tray right here — and I must say, this boot tray DIY is ridiculously easy, and has been a great update to the aforementioned boot-tray-with-rocks. Because… rocks are messy.
What are YOUR favorite back to school survival tips? Please share them below, on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter, so I can add them to my arsenal!