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Back To School Preparation Tip List

Back-to-SchoolHave you started getting ready for back to school? It’s not too soon!

Your children will be returning back to school before you know it. Summer vacation will be ending sooner than you think! For most in my area, school starts the day after Labor Day. It can be a hectic time if you are not prepared. Will you be ready?

Here are some helpful tips to help you prepare for back to school:

Review the kids’ wardrobes and have them try on their clothes

Have a fashion show! Make sure to do this before you go shopping for new clothes so you know exactly what you need. Donate or pass down clothing to another child. If you do need new clothing, pay attention to sales to save money.

Complete necessary medical forms in time for the return to school

You might need to schedule an appointment with your pediatrician for shots and signatures so allow enough time to do so. If food allergies are a concern, contact you child’s teacher to discuss necessary precautions.

Finalize arrangements for after-school care

This may involve transportation, payment arrangements and scheduling of pick-up. Be sure the provider knows who is permitted to pick up your child at the end of the day.

Purchase an alarm clock

This is a great tool for those children who have more difficulty getting up. Choose one that gets progressively louder or put one on the opposite side of the room to get them out of bed to shut it off.

Pack lunches the night before to save time in the morning

Plan out lunches a week at a time and have a sturdy lunch box or bag for each child. Purchase fruit snacks and granola bars, for example, in bulk to make sure they are always on hand.

Use a family calendar

This is helpful to keep up with the kids’ busy schedules. Indicate half days and school holidays for the year. Keep track of extra curricular activities. Check the calendar each evening to be sure you are prepared for the following day.

Organize your paperwork

The paper starts coming through the door the first day, so be prepared. Create an “in” and “out” bin for processing. Use a bulletin board for important information, such as extra curricular activity schedules, important appointments and contact information.

Start adjusting their bedtime

Gradually move the kids’ bedtime up by about 15 minutes each night so they will be well adjusted when it’s time for school to start. You want to be sure they get plenty of sleep.

Set up a homework station

Create one that provides enough space, good lighting and supplies that are needed. Your child will be more productive when they have a designated place to do their homework.

Enjoy

Finally, enjoy the rest of the lazy days of summer with the kids. This is the time to spend doing things you all enjoy before the hectic school season begins. Start planning now so you will be prepared for “Back To School.”

Written by: Audrey Cupo, Professional Organizer

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About the Author

Audrey Cupo is a professional organizer and the sole proprietor of A BETTER SPACE based in Jamison, PA. She has been providing this service since 2004. She specializes in residential organizing and works with busy moms to eliminate the clutter in their homes and in their lives. She shows them customized tools to get and stay organized. Audrey not only loves to work one-on-one with her clients, she gives seminars and workshops on the subject of organizing, writes a weekly blog on her A BETTER SPACE website, and guest blogs on various other sites. Audrey produces a free monthly newsletter “Organizing News You Can Use” and, in her spare time, creates products for her own U Can Do It product line.

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