The start of a new school year is often stressful for both parents and kids. But there are ways that you can alleviate some of those stresses.
Now that you’ve completed all of the back-to-school shopping, how about implementing a few mom hacks to help make your mornings a little less chaotic.
Trust me, getting your back to school routine in order is by no means easy, but I believe these clever hacks can certainly help to smooth the transition.
Wake up before everyone else does
I know it can be hard to crawl out of bed in the mornings, but taking a few moments to enjoy some quiet time before everyone else wakes up will do wonders for your day.
Go ahead and enjoy your coffee in peace, look over your calendar, or maybe get a quick shower. Just remember that those few minutes belong to you.
Simplify your breakfast routine
Choose breakfast items that are quick and easy. Keep a bowl of fruit handy. Cereal is also a good choice. Try whipping up a batch of pancakes or even a breakfast casserole on the weekend and freeze it to have later in the week.
And by choosing a meal that is quick, doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy. Try one of these healthy breakfast recipes.
Prepare your kids wardrobe for the week
I try to iron my son’s clothes for the week on Saturday nights (or Sunday’s). I typically will iron a week’s worth of clothes and hang them on the back of his closet door. That way he can help choose what he wants to wear each day.
Allow your kid’s to help pick out their clothes for the week. Iron each piece and either hang them or fold them neatly and place in a drawer so that they are easily accessible.
Wash a load of clothes daily
Am I the only one who hates doing laundry? To avoid massive loads of laundry at the end of the week, toss in a load every day. That way you can wash, fold and put away a basket each day.
Planning our meals for the week is one of the biggest time savers for me. I mean, who wants to spend time every day trying to decide what’s for dinner? I typically take a little time on Thursday’s to write out my menu for the next week as well as my shopping list. You could also menu plan for the entire month if that works better for you.
I love quick and easy meals. I typically opt for casseroles or crockpot meals because they are simple to prepare, and I can just toss the ingredients into a crockpot or baking dish and relax while it cooks.
Create a backpack zone
Give your kids a defined space to hang up their backpacks, coats and other items when they walk through the door. This way no one is complaining that they can’t find their backpack when it’s time to head out the door in the morning.
Add a family command station
We have a centralized area in our home where we keep a family calendar, home notebook, bills, and important papers.
This area helps to keep everyone organized. We are able to keep up with keys, Dr.’s appointments, important school dates, homework and even charge our phones.
Need ideas for a command station? Read this post by The Turquoise Home.
Keep after-school snacks readily available
If your kiddo is anything like mine, they are hungry as soon as they walk through the door from school.
I keep a variety of snack choices ready in a basket in the pantry. There is also a snack tub in the fridge with fruit cups and apple slices (his favorites). You can add yogurt cups or any other type of fruit that your kids may like.
Prepare lunches the night before
If you send your child’s lunch to school like I do, you’ll save so much time by assembling everything the night before. Prepare sandwiches, fruit or veggies and snacks along with a drink choice and you’re all set.
The next morning, your child can just grab their lunchbox and they are ready to go.
Tidy up daily
Take a few minutes each day to put items back where they belong. Clean the kitchen as you cook. Wipe the bathroom sink and toilet with disinfectant wipes daily, and do a major clean twice a week.
At one point in time, I spent my entire weekend cleaning. Not anymore! I learned that by tidying up daily, I lighten my load for the weekend. That leaves me with more time to spend with my family.
Share some of your favorite hacks for a simplified back-to-school routine.