6 Item Checklist for an Easy Back-to-School Transition

Depending on which part of the country you live in, school either just started for you, or is about to start. It’s not too late to get organized for back-to-school to make the transition from summer to school as easy as possible. Check out this back-to-school checklist to help you get ready for the big day!

  • Move Up Bedtime- It’s a good idea to start getting into the swing of things schedule-wise before the first day of school. Start moving up bedtime at least a week before school starts so the kids get use to going to bed and waking up earlier. If they have a rough time with thechange, diffusing lavender oil at bedtime can help promote feelings of sleepiness.
  • Sort Through Clothes- Before you head out the door to do back-to-school shopping, go through the clothes you already have on hand to see what gaps need to be filled. This will not only save you money, it will make the shopping experience more focused and stress-free. Have the kids put on a little fashion show to model what’s currently in their closet. They’ll have fun and you can check for fit.
  • Add School Supplies to Your List- While you’re out shopping for clothes, you might as well pick up school supplies too. If you don’t already have a supply list, email the teachers for one.
  • Plan Lunches and Grocery Shop- Plan out what you need for main courses for lunches, and look for what’s on sale for snack items like fruit cups or granola bars. Don’t forget to make sure everyone who needs a lunch box has one.
  • Make a System for Storing Papers- All those forms your kids will bring home on the first day of school for you to sign are just the start of what could be a year-long struggle. Make a space in your home where the kids can keep papers that need to be signed, other notifications, and homework they’re working on.
  • Sync Your Calendar- Make a habit of sitting down each month and entering school events and notices into your personal calendar. Things get hectic quick, but staying ahead of the game can really reduce stress and mishaps. Set an alarm for early-out days, and a reminder to check your calendar each day to see what’s coming up for tomorrow.

Going back to school is a lot of work, but if you can stay organized, the payoff will be fewer jitters and more confidence for you and your kids on the big day.