This post is sponsored by Kleenex, Scott, Cottonelle and Viva but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Wow! Where did the summer go? This summer went by way too fast for this family. We went from planning our pool fun to now getting things ready for school. Here is how we are prepping for the new school year.
Setup a Command Center
I did not realize how awesome it was to have an area where I kept all things organized until, well, I set it up. The backpacks had a place to hang. No searching for them the night before or day of. My favorite part of a command center is that you can have all that is important in one area. When the kids come home with important papers that need to be signed, I just clip it on the hanging clothes pin organizer. A calendar is also hanging in this area for me to have appointments, field trips and any other important dates right in front of me.
I am not the best at remembering when someone has what or when. To be honest, it gets even worse during the school year. So find that perfect spot to keep everything organized to help make your year less chaotic.
Get those backpacks & uniforms.
Even though my kids will only be entering 1st and 2nd grade, I feel like I know some of the ends and outs when it comes to backpacks and uniforms. The best time to shop for these are now: great back to school prices pretty much everywhere. Just remember you pay for what you get. I would always opt for those ‘cheaper’ backpacks. I paid the price by the end of the school year when I was having to replace them multiple times due to broken straps, zippers and even holes in the bag.
As for uniforms, I just find what works and actually lasts for my kids. It literally took me less than 1 year to realize what brands bit the dust by the end of the school year. Everything having to be replaced and not due to my kids outgrowing it all. Another tip is to spray the backpacks and shoes with a stain-resistant guard beforehand. This will help keep those backpacks lasting or at least looking clean for longer.
Decide on lunchboxes or cafeteria lunches.
When it comes to lunch, my son is all about homemade lunches. No cafeteria lunches for him. Then on the other hand, my oldest has a love for both cafeteria lunches and those made by me. I make sure to have both kids’ lunchboxes, insulated travel cups, and now bento boxes to help me keep things well-sealed and organized in for their lunches. I even try to come up with a ‘meal plan’ to make those lunches easier to pack.
As obvious as this may sound, I just find what works for my kids. I do try and switch up their lunch menu every so often. They easily get burned out on the same thing every day. Sometimes cutting up those sandwiches in fun shapes, having fruit pieces that could assemble into a funny face or image makes their lunches a little more entertaining. Having ‘shaped’ sandwiches made it easier for my daughter to start loving those peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Purchasing school supplies with ease.
Those school supply lists can seem a bit overwhelming at first when you are already trying to get everything else in order. Thanks to Amazon for making my life easier when it comes to purchasing our Kleenex, Scott, Viva, and Cottonelle products! Not only does shopping with Amazon offer the convenience of skipping the store, which is huge when you have all the kids home for the summer, but you can also sign up for subscribe & save. You can save up to $3 on these products, great when you are already purchasing so much to get ready for school.
I also love the fact that you can purchase in bulk. Both my kids’ supplies were covered in one single order at a great price. When my older kids saw the Amazon box arrive with their school supplies, they were a little bit more excited about starting back this week. Let’s face it, we all know we are a tad bit excited to get back to our school routine and having Amazon to make purchasing all our Kleenex, Scott, Viva, and Cottonelle supplies!
Check out the great deals on these back to school essentials here.
Amazon is also great for all those supplies outside of the paper products. Quick and easy without the stress of digging or running around a store.
Set those alarms ahead of time.
Are your kids already early risers? Mine are from time to time, but don’t wake up as early as during the school year. Even though those first few days of getting back into a school routine may seem a bit chaotic in the mornings, I find that practicing a few days before that first day makes it a little easier when waking up the sleeping bears.
My daughter is the worst at waking up. She is so grumpy, I literally dread to do it. This is where alarm clocks come in handy. I let her pick out her own alarm clock, and we set it each night before. There is just something about her being woken up by her alarm clock rather than me. The way I see it, you find what works best and go with it!
Wishing everyone a stress-free and less-chaotic beginning of the school year! Don’t forget to check out Amazon! Do any of you have any tips that have worked when it comes to prepping for back to school?