12 Things Organized Moms Always Do Before School Starts Again

It’s the middle of Summer — now’s so not the time to start reading about back-to-school season. (That’s almost as bad as when the radio starts playing Christmas music the day after Halloween.) Well, if you want to spend the upcoming school year rushing out the door, chronically late and always frazzled, move right along. Nothing to see here. But if you see those other school moms — always early to drop off their kids, who arrive bright-eyed with perfectly pressed shirts and nutritiously packed lunches — and seethe with jealousy, it’s time you start prepping now.

We gathered up 12 of the most helpful things every organized mom does to make the return to school a smooth transition. You might want to start thinking about them now.

  1. Ease Into a School Year Schedule
  2. If it’s the night before the first day of school and you’re just now enforcing a rigidly early bedtime followed by a painfully early wake-up call, just plan to fail miserably. Seasoned moms know you can’t go from Summer to the first day of school with the flip of a night light switch. It takes weeks to slowly return to a school-year schedule, and it begins by waking late sleepers earlier and earlier until their body clock adjusts.

  3. Create a Master Calendar
  4. You might have a Google calendar synced up with your partner, but for elementary-school-aged kids, it’s a good idea to have a large, printed or whiteboard (easier to make edits!) calendar that is in an easy-to-spot, highly trafficked place in the house. This way, you can see what’s happening with everyone, including after-school events and childcare schedules, at a glance.

  5. Keep That Calendar Clear the First Two Weeks
  6. The thought of your child in someone else’s care for a solid eight hours might make you jump at the chance to get to all those doctor’s appointments, but hold off just a bit longer. Try to wait to schedule a haircut or your car’s oil change or an important board meeting until your kids have gotten through one or two weeks of school. Even the most prepared moms can’t predict the unexpected, but they can be available for when it inevitably happens.

  7. Purge the Craft Bin
  8. Before the school year starts, take an afternoon to purge the house of anything that’s on its last legs…

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