If you are anything like me, your days have probably become a bit “laid back” over the summer. Here are my tips to get back into a routine with minimal effort, all ready to start this new school year as your most organised yet!
- School days start early, which means we all have to start earlier too. Use the last week before the new term to transition bedtimes and wake-up times back to the school day routine. Starting the bedtime routine 15 minutes early each night will help your family edge towards their new bedtimes. Start waking up earlier too, in preparation for those early morning starts.
- You’ve heard it all before, but a few minutes of preparation the night before saves a lot of stress in the morning. Pack school lunches, lay out clothes, check the diary and prepare other items for the following day (swimming bag, sports kit, music lessons, signed permission slips…). Get the little ones involved too by giving them their own age-appropriate responsibilities to organise their school day the night before.
- Plan an hour each weekend to prepare for the week ahead. I use my weekly checklist to set me up for a More Organised week.
- Double-check that you have all the school uniform ready (washed, ironed, labelled) and that it all fits. Work out a laundry routine to keep it that way through term. Don’t be afraid to get extra help if you need it – whether an agency helper or the phone number of your local laundry.
- Get into the habit of always putting your keys / sunglasses / phone in the same place when you get home! That way you will know where to find them in the morning, and avoid last minute panics.
- Place a small blackboard, whiteboard or pinboard by the front door for reminders, or set up a “Mission Control” to keep your family super-organised!
- Check that your car is organised, clean and roadworthy. If you are going to a new school, check the quickest route. What time will you need to leave? If you need to pass through a toll on the school run, check you have topped up your balance. Do a practice run if necessary!
- Have you organised after-school activities? Check that you have registered and paid for any classes, and written them on the family calendar.
- Check that your camera or phone is charged for those cute “First Day Back at School” photos.
- Start a new family tradition and plan a “Back to School” treat for the day before the new term starts. It could be a family movie, supper at your favourite restaurant, or a simple trip to the park for some back to school photos. Whatever you decide, make it a celebration to look back on new summer memories, and look forward to a successful school year ahead!
What are you doing to get ready for the new school year? Please share – I’d love to hear from you!