The end of summer is fast approaching, which means the start-of-school version of spring cleaning is knocking on your door. In addition to sending summer back to storage, get your house ready for the first week of school with a few of these handy life hacks.
First and foremost, it’s time to get organized. Regardless of whether you have a kindergartner or a high school senior, you’ll want a clutter-free space to do homework and practice anything from the ABCs to calculus.
Toss last year’s papers and be ready to part with some drawings and macaroni necklaces. If you’re particularly attached to your little ones’ drawings, websites like Plum Print can turn all those stacks of paper into a hardcover book so you can hold onto the memories without holding onto the clutter.
To make the first week of school a piece of cake, get the entryway or mudroom ready for a whirlwind of books, shoes and backpacks. This is when you’ll want to get all the remnants of summer out of the way so things don’t get out of hand. (And also because keeping a pool noodle hanging around when school is in session just seems cruel.)
Clean out mud room cubbies, hang extra hooks for backpacks, and get that chalkboard calendar cleared off and ready to fill up with field trips and essay deadlines. And speaking of backpacks, pack those bags now to avoid the first-morning-of-school panic.
Getting back into a routine after two months of swimsuits and sleeping late is hard to do, especially with younger kids. Make that first week of reality a little easier by choosing the first week’s outfits together and hanging them in the order in which your child will wear them. This will give your little one some sense of industry and ownership, which has been proven to help them reach important developmental milestones. Plus, it may even give you an extra few minutes to sleep or even — gasp — drink your coffee instead of in a school zone.
Since you’ll be trading the beach for the carpool lane, make that transition easier on everyone by having snacks and drinks ready to go for the trip to and from school. Rushed mornings and famished after-school tummies are made better with a little planning. If you have a busy little one with extracurricular activities like club meetings or sports, invest in a high-quality cooler to keep drinks and healthy snacks cold all afternoon.