It’s coming… The back-to-school season. And it’s bringing all the stress that you forgot about since school ended. Now you have stop spending lazy days of unscheduled fun with your children and replace it with crowded shopping malls, disgruntled clerks and high energy kids on your endless hunt for school supplies. Desks are being cleared of summer toys and replaced with crayons, folders, glue sticks, pencils and books. The fact that your children dread returning to the classroom makes the process even more difficult. Talk about a high stress level!
Even if you’re the most organized mom on the block, back-to-school season is the time where everything seems to be chaotic. Lessen your stress by following these seven simple organizational tips.
No More Back-to-School Stress!
1. Make an Inventory
Step one in making the back-to-school bustle easier is to clear out all the junk your kids have accumulated over the summer. After sorting through the excess clutter you will be able to do a quick inventory of any supplies you have on-hand, saving you the time and money you would spend going out to buy those supplies instead.
Most schools have back-to-school shopping lists available in July. Check online, at office supply stores and retail stores, like Walmart & Target, for the list. Obtaining your list as soon as possible will give you time to determine what you already have and what you will still need to get.
2. Shop Early
Summer flies by and before you know it, it’s the week before school starts. The school supply isle is a battle ground…notebooks and pens scattered across the floor, moms charging ever onward with their carts. Last minute shopping is like going out on Black Friday.
Shop smarter! Lower the stress by shopping for school supplies early and beat that last-minute, first day of school frenzy. Many stores and outlets start their school sales midsummer, so there is no need to wait! Once the shopping bags are home, take the opportunity to get organized. Pack up the backpacks for each child and you’re done.
3. Closet Organizer
It’s amazing how much more you can fit into a closet that has an organization system installed. Clothes, shoes and stuff for all seasons can fit neatly into one closet. No more searching under your bed, in laundry baskets or on the floor for just the right outfit. Creating an organized space means less stress in the mornings.