So, you’ve mastered the supply list, found the best deals on back-to-school (BTS) fashions at Tanger, and bought ALL THE gadgets, backpacks and must-have sneakers according to your kids’ group of pint-sized A-listers.
Congrats, momma! You’re in full blown BTS mode.
This year, try something different as you gear up for BTS and spend a little extra time prepping your home. Trust me, the TLC will go a long way in helping you stay sane and organized, and keeping the kids in a routine that is anything but mundane.
Here are five tips to help get your home and your family organized, and start the new school year like a boss!
#1 Create a Family Drop Zone
Google Calendar just doesn’t cut it with kids (and sometimes even husbands). Having a station near the main entry point of your home where you can go old school with notes, appointment reminders, school notices, carpool schedules and just drop things that you need on-the-go is a must. And, it’s far easier than habitually searching the entire downstairs for keys, chargers and all the other things that kids love to hide or lose on the reg.
#2 Homework Stations for the Win
Set up a designated homework area that is personalized just for your kids. Find an unused corner, old desk or table, or go all out and rework their bedrooms so that they have a dedicated area to work with limited distractions.
My kids haven’t started regular school yet but I’ve still set up a corner of their playroom that is dedicated to learning. They love having an area that is solely theirs and I love how excited they get when it’s time to practice their ABCs and 123s.
#3 Read a Book in the Nook (Like what I did there?)
Channel your inner Dr. Seuss and create a cozy reading nook for your kids’ required reading throughout the school year. This space can be as simple as throwing floor pillows and a cute rug in the corner of their room.
Having a place that’s comfy and creative helps make the reading assignments a little more exciting and will encourage them to read for fun. Just don’t expect them to admit that last part.
#4 A Weekday Friendly Closet
Getting out of the house on time with kids of any age should be an Olympic sport. Buy yourself a little time in the mornings by creating kid-friendly closet systems and doing a little weekly wardrobe prep on Sundays.
#5 Home Office ReOrg
BTS isn’t just about preparing the kids for school. Your to do lists do NOT get any shorter once the fall schedules set in so it’s just as important to prep your personal command center. Show your home office some love and spend time reorganizing, cleaning and purging things before the flurry of activities and holidays (yikes, are we really talking about his already?) take over.
And FYI – Tanger retailers like Pottery Barn, West Elm and Kirklands are GREAT places to find all the organizational pieces you’ll need to get your home ready for the new school year. But I didn’t need to remind you of that, now did I? 😉