Everywhere you look there are “Back to School” products being advertised. It just seems like yesterday that the kids were running down the street to catch the bus.
The first day and even the first few weeks of school can be total chaos if you don’t plan ahead. Below are a few tips to help you get organize now plus take advantage of those “Back to School” sales.
Although my boys are grown now, I remember those crazy days with getting ready for the first day of school. It always seemed like they grew an inch or two over the summer. That made shopping for school clothes a challenge especially in the early years. Because I knew it would stay warm enough for them to wear shorts until at least mid-September I didn’t go out a buy too many winter clothes (pants or long sleeve tops) yet. Some years they grew out of their jeans every few months! I wrote about it in this blog post.
Now is the time to take advantage of the sales on school supplies. Just remember to only stock up on basic supplies you know the kids will need. It’s also a good idea to keep these basics in neutral colors so they won’t become an outdated design before the school year is over. Go ahead a buy a few things with this year’s popular character on it. Just limit the amount and if money is tight stick with pocket folders and other lower cost items. The more expensive items like 3-ring notebooks and backpacks, if bought in basic colors, can usually be reused for a couple of years.
If you didn’t go through all the old papers from last year yet take time now to do it. It will be a good feeling to have those decluttered and organized before all the new school papers start entering your home at high speed. It will help your children start off the new year more organized without last year’s clutter laying around. The article “Decluttering Children’s School Papers” gives you step by step instructions to help you.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be writing blog posts to help you organize for the upcoming school year. If you haven’t already signed up to receive the updates through email you can do so now here or on the right sidebar of this blog.
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To a lighter load along the way.