Wednesday, September 2, 2009

get ready for school

Yes, it's true, school is right around the corner...which means you might need to start getting ready for it!
Here are a bunch of tips to help you get started.

Declutter the Bedrooms

If you’re getting kids ready to go back to school, here’s a quick checklist of things to do to get the bedrooms and closets school-time ready!

To-do list:

  • Go through the kids’ libraries. Clear out old books they won’t want to read again, and make space on the bookshelves for new books and reading materials.
  • Have your child try on clothes to see what still fits.
  • Make lists of clothing needed for school, weekends, and special activities such as fall sports and outings.
  • Set a day to go shopping and in the meantime, keep your eyes open for sale fliers and coupons.
  • Shop for clothes and shoes.

Take care of business
Before summer winds down and school gets in full swing:

  • Make appointments for things like haircuts, the dentist, doctor, etc. Do this now to get first dibs on convenient times, and avoid having to take your kids out of school, or take care of yourself – you can give yourself that extra boost of joy that comes from a new ’do.
  • Register the kids for their fall activities such as sports teams, music or art lessons. And while you’re at it, sign yourself up for a class, too!

Stock up on School Supplies
Take advantage of the stores being chock-full of fun and inspiring school, craft, and office supplies. If you have kids in school use these supplies to create a well-stocked homework or craft cabinet, and save yourself trips for extra supplies throughout the year!

To-do list:

  • Declutter and inventory craft / homework cabinet.
  • Inventory your school supplies. Take stock of what supplies you have left from the end of last school year, and then:
  • Make a list of supplies needed for school and home.
  • Shop for needed supplies.
  • Label and pack school supplies in your child’s backpack (or an even larger bag, if necessary) for transporting to school.
  • Organize craft / homework cabinet.
  • Order new backpacks (if you need them, or want them!).

Now you are all organized and all ready for school to start!


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