With another school year just around the corner, it's time to shift out of summer-fun mode and back into your normal routine. Whether you're sending little ones off to kindergarten or teenagers back to high school, make this transition an easy one with the following planning tips:
Start a routine early. A week or two before school starts, begin practicing your daily regimen, such as setting a bedtime and eating breakfast at the same time each morning. When the first day of school rolls around, you'll already feel adjusted to your new schedule.
Refresh wardrobes. The classic "I have nothing to wear" routine is a recipe for disaster when you're running out the door in the morning. Use the last weeks of summer break to do a closet cleanse for yourself and your kids. Donate old or worn out items, and stock up on new threads so you can head into the new school year feeling fresh and ready to go.
Purchase school supplies during tax-free weekends. Between school supplies, sports gear, and new clothes, shopping for a new school year can put a burden on your finances. To give your wallet a break, take advantage of your state's designated tax-free weekend. Do a quick internet search to see if and when your state offers its sales tax holiday.
Create a designated homework space. Establishing good homework habits early on is key to a successful school year. A designated homework station can help eliminate distractions and help your kids be more productive during homework time. Choose a spot that's away from the TV, has comfortable seating and ample work-space, and allows storage for school supplies and other homework-related materials.
Make a weekly schedule. With all of the extracurricular activities that kids (and adults) are involved in these days, keeping track of daily happenings can be a challenge. To stay organized, create a central location where everyone in the family can see what's going on for the week. Whether it's a calendar on the fridge or a shared calendar on your smartphones, be sure to plan out each week's activities, including your meals, to ensure everyone stays on the same page.