* This back to school article was written expressly for The Maids by me and all opinions here are my own.
I have seen the light and summer vacation sadly has finally come and gone. While, it’s a shame that it went so quickly, it is that time of year when school bells ring in session once again.
Today officially marks the first day back to school for my own girls. I knew the handwriting was on the wall when I received the girls’ new teacher assignments last week. Also, I picked up supplies from the school for them. Then, I attended the late summer Kindergarten orientation for my youngest.
So with summer coming to an end, I have been trying the past two weeks to get slowly more organized for back to school.
Here are my five surefire tips that have helped ease us back to school:
1. Give the kids a reason to want to help.
If you are anything like us, you might have slacked a bit with chores over summer vacation. Now with the new school year upon us, we most definitely need to get back into the groove. We will make sure rooms and other areas aren’t too cluttered. Also, will be making a chore chart. This will be complete with rewards and incentives to have kids help when they are home or on weekends. See I find this a huge help in keeping things in order around here.
2. Don’t wait until the last minute to get back into the school schedules.
Another thing we are guilty of is to have more lax sleep schedules over the summer. But about a week or so out, we get our girls ready. How? By reintroducing school bedtime ease back into back to school. Trust me, it isn’t easy at first. But I have found if we start a few days ahead, we have a better shot at the first day not sneaking up on us.
3. Create an area for all school calendar needs.
This one I actually began last year, when my oldest entered Kindergarten. It actually served me well the whole school year. See I have been known to be more than a bit forgetful. So, you better believe I am using it again this year. It is a simple bulletin board that I hung on my kitchen area wall. This board houses the school calendar with all important and upcoming dates. It also displays school awards, tests scores, and more. This just helps me to visually see and not forget, anything for both my girls.
4. Get a handle on school paperwork.
I also created a filing system. This filing system has a simple metal filing caddie with two sections. These sections house file folders to be able to file any important papers I may need to get my hands on quickly during the school year and not lose either.
5. Organize homework school supplies.
Let’s face it homework is sadly a part of school no matter how you slice and dice it. And having all supplies, such as pencils, pens, crayons, glue, scissors and more easily accessible helps when getting down to homework after school.
**Hopeful that these above tips with help lighten your back to school load once again this upcoming year. Have a great school year ahead now. Plus for more organization and cleaning tips, please check out The Maids.