Don’t forget these back to school to-dos
Summer time and the livin’ is easy. If it wasn’t, they wouldn’t write songs about it. You’ve basked in the sun whenever possible, and probably let the kids stay up late since there’s no reason to rush in the morning.
Now, it’s back to reality. But don’t let it get you down, or wind you up. MOMeo Magazine asked “organizing pro” and author Marcia Ramsland for her complete to-do list to start a new school year:
Sensible Fashions: A new season is a great time to give away or consign clothes your child no longer likes, or has outgrown.
That doesn’t mean you need to replace everything. Ramsland says five quality outfits ensures your child has one week’s worth of decent attire.
Accessorize: A fresh set of school supplies starts the year off right. Supply stores, such as Staples or Office Depot, often carry a supply list for grade levels from the local schools.
And a Bag to Match: Last year’s backpack may do the trick, but check first. You don’t want to discover a broken zipper, irreparable tears or smelly stains on your way out the door for the first day.
Avoid Food Faux Pas: You haven’t packed a lunch since June, so you’re likely out of the essentials and out of habit. Ramsland suggests collecting a lunch box, a list of favourite lunches, and school lunch money all in one space in the kitchen. “Start their day out with a nutritious food plan,” she adds.
Those Extra Steps:
Ready: Neatness breeds sanity. Ramsland suggests cleaning out your child’s drawers and closet so the year starts out tidy.
Set: A MOMeo thrives when she has an office or desk of her own. Why not offer the same special space to your little scholar?
“Set up your child’s study area at home by cleaning out last year’s papers,” says Ramsland. She also recommends putting favorites in a three-ring binder with sheet protectors as a Memory Book from last year.
Go!: Everybody needs a little help from their friends. But busy MOMeos probably need it most. Ramsland recommends compiling a list of friends to carpool with. As a bonus, it will help increase your child’s social network, and yours.
Have Fun: Don’t forget to sign up for favourite activities, such as music and sports. Keep track of the dates and times. Then start a calendar schedule of what the week and weekends will look like.