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How To Prepare For Back To School

Updated on July 30, 2013
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Back To School Preparation

Preparing for back to school is more involved than buying school supplies one night at your local pharmacy. This guide will not only prepare your student but also your home. Each step is designed with mom's patience and sanity in mind. The ultimate goal is to get the kids to school with less stress and yelling in the morning. The steps will make the best exit route available for any household to get the kids out the door and off to school.

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Children Grow

Developmentally Children grow in body and mind. It is OK to let go of items that do not hold their interest any more. Remember the rule, 'Less Is More.'

  • If the toy does less the child does more (Like building blocks, all the creativity and engineering comes from the child. A toy with a lot of bells and whistles, the child is encouraged to only has to push a button or do less.)
  • When there is less toys to play with, the child will become creative with what they have. Sometimes they will get creative and make toys or props out of household items.

It's OK To Let Go

Before tackling the toys, tell yourself it is OK to let go. I tell myself before I enter. 'the room with no return' these are the things that are being trashed no matter what:

  • Fast Food Restaurant Toys
  • Army men who have wondered away from their platoon
  • Any doll, or soldier that is missing a limb or head. (Sorry we are not that politically correct with our toys.)
  • Any doll that has had a make over. A trendy three year old hair cut or make up done with markers. The hideous looking toys need to be put out of everyone's misery.

WEEK ONE: OUT WITH THE OLD

To get ready for school, it is important to prepare your house. Cleaning up unused toys, broken school supplies, clothes that no longer fit, will help ease with the clutter blocking your children's path out the door. To gain an easy exit route to school is what all mom's hope for by summer's end. Do these simple steps the first week to help de-clutter your home.

AUGUST 1- Purchase bin ware to help you organize

  • Amazon.com
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Ikea

AUGUST 2- Plan for attack - Begin to label bins such as;

  • Lego's
  • Barbie's
  • Polly Pockets
  • Army Men

Gather three additional bins, or large trash bags. Label as;

Donate It

Trash It

Keep It

AUGUST 3- Toy Evacuation Day One

  • Start with a simple room, like a child's bedroom, discern what toys stay and what toys go
  • Place in Bins; Donate It, Trash It, Keep It

AUGUST 4- Toy Evacuation Day Two

  • Continue going through all the children's rooms, playrooms, garage and basement, discern what toys stay and what toys go
  • Place in Bins; Donate It, Trash It, Keep It

AUGUST 5- Clothes that no longer fit day one

  • Go through every closet of each child and discern what fits and what does not
  • Place in Bins; Donate It, Trash It, Keep It

AUGUST 6- Clothes that no longer fit day two

  • Go through all the dresser drawers of each child
  • Do not forget to sort through shoes
  • Place in Bins; Donate It, Trash It, Keep It

August 7- Goodbye Clothes and Toys

  • Complete days 1 through 6
  • Take items to be donated to a local donation center
  • Take trash out

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WEEK TWO: IN WITH THE NEW

Now the old is gone. It is time to fill the closets with wearable clothes and shoes. You do not need to spend a lot of money when it comes to shoe and clothes shopping. Remember a lot of stores have a ton of back to school sales. Also, do not forget gentle used clothing stores, like Once Upon A child and Plato's Closet. Ebay also has some great buys.

AUGUST 8- Buy 3 to 5 new complete school outfits

  • If your children have a dress code, remember Old Navy has good deals on khakis and polo button down shirts
  • Check to make sure you know your schools dress code, such as no tank tops, short skirts, and prints with obscene images and saying

AUGUST 9- Buy backpacks and lunch boxes

  • Pottery Barn, and L.L. Bean have strong sturdy backpacks with matching lunch boxes. You can have them embroidered with your child's name or initials. Ebay has new backpacks and lunch boxes that were misspelled for another child, but may be the perfect spelling for your child. Just put in the search bar your child's name and backpacks and see what comes up
  • Bento boxes for lunch are a wonderful purchase. You can put different types of food in separate containers all organized into one lunch box
  • Don't forget ice packs to keep lunches cool

AUGUST 10- Electronics

  • Calculator
  • Headphones
  • Laptop, tablet, etc. if applicable
  • Cell Phone

AUGUST 11- Toilitires, Cosmetics

  • Shampoo, conditioner
  • New tooth brushes, hair brushes
  • Cosmetics for teens

AUGUST 12- Buy Accessories

  • Hair ties and barrettes for girls
  • Belts
  • Socks
  • Underwear

AUGUST 13 - Buy New Shoes

  • Make sure you go somewhere they can measure your child's foot and discern the best size
  • Make sure you know your schools dress code when it comes to shoes. Some require no open toe shoes and/or rubber soles

AUGUST 14 - Buy school supplies

  • Some schools already have a list of school supplies required for students. You can go to your school's web page or office and see if that applies to you
  • Remember the basics; pencils, pens, note books, folders, ruler, erasers, crayons, scissors, markers

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WEEK THREE- ORGANIZE

Having an organizational plan for your household, would ensure all important papers are kept clean and neat. Backpacks, lunch boxes, and shoes will be accessible to support all household children for an immediate exit plan. Spend time now to organize and it will save you time in the long run and also, yelling, "Get you shoes, now! What do you mean you can't find them, if you would of put them by the door when you took them off..."

AUGUST 15- Homework Station

  • Decide where your children will do there homework. Create a place in the house that has the least amount of distractions
  • Add a desktop carousel like the one shown to the right in the middle of your homework station. You can organize all the color pencils, pencils, pens, markers, erasers, rulers, and so much more in arms reach for all your students. I have 3 of these carousels because they are so versatile

AUGUST 16- Paper Work Collection

  • Permission slips, signed homework, parent teacher conference notes, and birthday party invitations can clutter up anyone's house and become misplaced easily. A paper tray like the one shown to the right can be ideal to keep all those important papers neat and organized. You can label the shelves with each child's name

AUGUST 17- Backpack and Lunch Box

  • Putting up hooks by the door for backpacks/lunch boxes or adding a bench to organize shoes and backpacks/lunch boxes can make the difference between a morning of hell and a good morning

AUGUST 18- Books

  • Just like organizing all the clothes and shoes it is also a good idea to get an inventory of the books in your home and reorganize for easy access

AUGUST 19- Bedding

  • Every student does better with a good night's sleep. This is a good time to look at the bedding of your household and sort through what is being used and what is not. Feel free to donate what is not being used, someone can surely use those blankets if you are not
  • There are great back to school bedding specials because of college students

AUGUST 20- Shoes

  • Does it work better in your home to have shoes by the door, or in the closets? Was your organize plan working last year? If so keep with it. If you had to motivate your children to find lost shoes, then maybe come up with a new game plan. Having a shoe rack in the garage or by the door might help keep the shoes organized for easier exits

AUGUST 21- Clothes

  • Organize clothes drawers and closets
  • If you live in an area where you need winter clothes, place seasonal clothes in bins until needed
  • Organize hats, gloves and scarves

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WEEK FOUR- SNACK IT AND PACK IT

Lunches, snacks and water bottles are series for little ones who are usually starving by lunch time or by the time they are picked up from school.

AUGUST 22- Gather Recipes for your lunch ideas. Think beyond the sandwich.

  • Look for fun lunch recipes online
  • Rent books from the library
  • Buy lunchbox recipe books from online

AUGUST 23- Look into how the school coordinates how students buy lunch and set it up for the days when they do buy lunch.

  • Do you need to give them money on the days they buy their lunch?
  • Do you need to pre-purchase a lunch card?
  • Do you need to put money into an account online?

AUGUST 24- Water, Water, Water

  • In Florida, my kids are strongly encouraged to bring their own water bottle to school every day
  • Have water bottles picked out and ready for each student in your household
  • Do not forget to add your child's name to the water bottle

AUGUST 25- Coupons

  • Grocery stores have a lot of great deals on pack to school snacks and kids favorite foods. Now is the time to cut some coupons and save money

AUGUST 26- Get the Kids Involved

  • Practice feeding them now the kinds of foods you will pack in their lunch
  • If they do not eat it now, they probably won't eat it at school

AUGUST 27- Buy Food

  • When you see good deals on non perishable foods, begin to stock up
  • Buy perishable foods days before the first week of school

AUGUST 28- Kids love notes in their lunch boxes.

  • Look into some ideas to put lunch box notes in your children's lunch boxes
  • You can create a whole bunch of notes now, and have them ready throughout the year
  • Check out the great ideas from Amazon on the right

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WEEK FIVE: EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Many students are involved in extra curricular activities. Sports, music, drama, art, dance, girl scouts, boy scouts and band are some of the many choices students can sign up for some excellent activities.

AUGUST 29- See what is avialable in your school and community

  • Look over the choices that are available for your student
  • Remember your community may offer activities that your school may not

AUGUST 30- Sign up

  • Get the information needed and sign your child up
  • Extra curricular activities can help children be better students

AUGUST 31- Gather the Supplies

  • Buy the cleats, the balls, the saxaphones

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You Did It!

Now that you have done all the hard work to prepare your household and your children for back to school it is time to glide into the new year. These preparations outline above will ensure an easier back to school transition.

© Copyright Carly Sullens 2012. All Rights Reserved.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am so grateful that I have no need for this hub. LOL

      I'm just here to support you; so now I'm here....and now I've supported you.

      Actually, I did read this, and as a former teacher I can say these are all excellent suggestions for preparing that student for the big day.

      Well done Carly!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Wow, this hub was chock full of some much good information in one place to ready ready to go back to school. Excellent job on this, have pinned and definitely sharing and voting this one up too!!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      This is an elaborate plan and am sure many parents with school going kids will find it very useful as it is packed with detailed information. Voted up, useful and shared.

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Great calendar guide for parents and students. Not only covers all the bases, but gives you tips on how to get it all done.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      @ Bill ~ As always, thank you for stopping by and mentoring me. It makes me happy.

      @ Hub Sis~ Thanks for the promotion for this hub. I have been doing these preparations, and my house is getting closer to the big day. :)

      @dwachira ~ Thanks for the promotion for this hub. I hope it does inspire mom's to get organized now, so their family has a smooth transition into the shool year.

      @Your Cousins ~ Thanks for stopping by, I look forward to getting to know you through Hub Pages.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Wow, great resource! What an easy way for families to stay organized and cover everything that they need to do before school starts.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      I can tell you spent a lot of time on this hub. Great job and you sound so organized!!! :P

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      I am following my own guide! My house is getting cleaned up. It is very exciting. Operation Exit Route To School is in progress at the Sullens household.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Now that my kids are grown up, I don't have to be prepared for school. But I sure could have used this guide some years back! I have no doubt that it will be helpful to many!

      Voted up, up and away!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thank you Dexter! I appreciate that.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      These are great suggestions for preparing for school. I think parents find the time just flies by and too soon they are scrambling to get those much needed items and help children adjust to going back to school. Your hub will help them to get things in order quickly. Voted up.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Helpful, well done, systematically prepared! Your hub will help so many parents for sure! Keep up the good work!

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