Although the weather is still warm around here, fall has definitely arrived. Back to school season is in full swing for us and most of our friends. So we’re focused on Back to School Routines and I’m all about figuring out how to make them easier! Luckily I’ve gotten a little help this year!
Making Back to School Routines Easier
The key to back to school routines is making sure they make sense for your family. For us, it’s all about keeping things as simple as possible. And being consistent. I’ll admit I’m not always the most consistent but when it comes to things like school day routines, it’s really important. The kids do better when we stick to our routines!
This year we got a little help making our back to school routines easier from Merry Maids! The Merry Maids “Hack-to-School” Program has some great ideas for making back to school just a bit easier this year! Check out some of our favorites!
Lay It Out
This “Hack-to-School” idea is one that we already have a version of, so it’s definitely one of my favorites! We lay out clothes for the week so when it’s time to get dressed for school, things go quickly. Weston helps me make the choices and then we’re ready to go!
Merry Maids suggests that you empty a dresser drawer before school starts. Then make compartments in the drawer with cut up cardboard pieces. One for each day of the week! Put an outfit for each day in the compartments and you’re ready for a fresh week at school! Don’t forget the details like underwear and socks!
Mesh It Up
Right now I only have one child in school so it’s pretty easy to keep laundry sorted in their rooms. But if you have more than one child, have your kids put their dirty clothes in individually labeled mesh bags. This helps keep them sorted and is also a great idea for socks so they don’t get all mixed up or lost!
As a former elementary school teacher, I’m all about having visual schedules for the kids. It always worked well in my classroom and it definitely helps Weston at home too.
Having a visual helps him know what’s coming next in our routine. You can have one for getting ready for school, after school responsibilities, and almost anything you can think of! Charts with stickers or check marks is a fun way for your child to mark off their accomplishments too!
Whether it’s the former teacher in me or just part of who I am, I love labeling things! And labeling is a great way to stay organized during the school year. I suggest having a folder for each child so you can put important papers, book orders, and other things you’ll need later in one place. Then you won’t be running around hunting down that permission slip or the information about curriculum night!
You can also take it a bit further and make personalized bins to keep wherever your kids usually put their backpacks and other school supplies. Before bedtime, have your kids make sure that everything is put away in the bins so there’s no scramble the next morning!
Brown Bag It
Weston is all about choosing his own snacks and helping make his lunch these days. But he definitely needs some guidance or it would be a lunch full of fruit snacks, crackers, and candy treats.
One of the Merry Maids “Hack-to-School” tips is to organize your refrigerator into easy-to-grab compartments of small bins. Fill them with healthy snacks for the week and then let your kids choose from those options. You can also let the kids plan out their lunches for the week, have all of the supplies organized, and get them involved with packing their lunch, one item at a time!
Merry Maids “Hack-to-School” Program
By taking some time to get a bit more organized and get your back to school routines in place, you’ll help the entire family have a great school year! With Merry Maids “Hack-to-School” Program, we can all get the new school started on the right foot! Check out this great checklist from Merry Maids!