Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Back to School Checklist

My kids start school in less than two weeks! I really am in denial, but also know it is time to get everything ready, so I have created a back to school check list.
back to school supplies

3 Weeks Before School

  [] Go through your kids closets, take out clothes that are too small or too worn out.  Create a donation and a throw away pile.

  [] Check your school supplies.  Do you have any left over from last year?  Get a list ready and then start watching the ads.  If you shop around you will be able to find great sales and often even free items at stores like Office Max and Staples.

  [] Clean out your In-Box.  Do you have a place you keep school papers?  If not this is a great time to get some sort of bin/file system for all those papers that will soon be coming.  I love the Power of Mom's MOM Organizational system.  If you have a box- clean out any extra papers, ready to start fresh for the new school year.
School Success

2 Weeks Before School
  [] Clothes Shopping- now that you know what your kids have grown out of, replace the wardrobe basics.   Don't forget socks and shoes!

  [] School supplies- if you do not have a list from your teacher yet, just buy a few of the basics you know you will need and wait for the list.  This is also a great time to buy any markers, crayons, pens, etc. you may want in your home during the year as prices won't be this low again until next school year.

1 Week Before School
  [] Plan lunches- if your kids buy, sit down with your kids and look at the school menus to see which days they want to buy, or begin planning lunches to pack.

       You can check out my Easy School Lunch Ideas posts:

school lunch
what to pack for lunch

[] Plan any back to school pictures/interviews you want to do- browse through Pinterest or what you did previous years so you don't forget to document the new school year.

The weekend before School
  [] Have one last summer fun day!  Something fun on your bucket list you didn't do?  Or how about a Yes Day!  We have made it our tradition to have our Yes Day a few days before school starts.
back to school tradition

The night before school
  [] Set out first day outfits, backpacks, lunch supplies (that can be set out the night before), school supplies, and camera

  [] First day tradition supplies- do you have your kids hold a sign on the first day or hold some type of memento?  Print out your sign, get things ready.  You don't want to have to rush the next morning.

The First Day
   [] Set your Alarm!  No more sleeping in summer days.  Plus remember the first day everything always takes longer, so plan for extra time.

   [] Take some pictures!  Don't forget those first day of school pictures.

   [] Cheer/celebrate and maybe even cry a little-- it's a new school year with all it's ups and downs, enjoy the time and realize how quickly it all goes.


So ready or not, here school comes!  What is on your back to school checklist?

24 comments:

  1. It seems like school just got out! I can't believe it is about to start again.

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    1. Yes! It seriously seems like summer just flew by

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  2. Great plan! Pinning for the future! Thanks for the help!

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  3. We have two weeks to the day til our kids go back to school! It's so crazy how soon it came back

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    1. It is definitely crazy how quickly it comes

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  4. Love these tips - Wyatt starts preschool in September so I will definitely put some of these to good use! :)

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    1. Perfect! My youngest is going to start preschool this fall- it is going to be so weird having a couple of days totally to myself.

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  5. Ugh I'm totally not ready for school to start back!!

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    1. Me either, I am things done just not mentally ready at all

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  6. Love these tips. My son is in preschool this year and my daughter will be in Kindergarten. We are definitely doing the Yes Day and taking pictures on the first day of school. Great ideas! Pinning this :)

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    1. We love the Yes day- my kids look forward to it all summer long now.

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  7. Great tips!!! I'm sharing with my mom friends (who are all wondering where the summer went...lol)

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    1. Yes, I think we all wonder it- some are just more happy about it than others :)

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  8. Great tips. It's hard to get ready when you have little ones.

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    1. Yes, little ones really make everything take a lot longer

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  9. This is a GREAT checklist! Now that my eldest is headed to kindergarten, I have so much to do!

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    1. Thank you! Oh your first going to school! Always a bitter sweet day, definitely document it all!

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  10. Wow look at you...you are a pro!

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    1. Awe thanks! Done it for a few years now :)

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