We’re about a week away from back-to-school time here in North Carolina. It’s so crazy. I say it every year, but the summer just flies by. We went on a short vacation to Cherokee and Asheville this year, so I at least feel like we’ve had a summer vacation. But I’m still not ready for it to end. I doubt you are either. But, it will happen soon. You, your kids, or (if you’re like me) your husband will be headed back to school in a few days, so now is the time to make sure you’re ready. Not just you, but you want to make to get your home ready for back-to-school. We have a few things you can think about now so you don’t rush when school starts.
Get Your Home Ready For Back To School
Create a command center.
We have a mudroom that is right off the garage. It’s perfect if we parked in the garage because we would just be able to use it as a place to take off our shoes and hang up our jackets. If you have an area near your garage or front door (depending on where you park), you can create a command center there. Put in a bench where your kids can sit and tie their shoes. Add pegs above the bench so your kids can hang their backpacks and jackets. You can also put up hooks to hang homework or artwork. And add storage cubes if you have other items that need to be accessible.
You can then set up a command center in the kitchen with a calendar, sticky notes, and more. Write everything you can on the calendar so the entire family knows what’s going on every day.
Stock up on healthy, easy-to-open snacks.
Recently, we were able to get free peanut butter crackers. I wasn’t in the mood for peanut butter crackers then, but I bought them because I knew we would eat them eventually. You know your kids are going to need snacks for school and after-school snacks too. So if you see a sale or have a coupon for healthy, easy-to-open snacks (so your kids can open them themselves), stock up now. I mean, you’re not going to buy bunches of bananas now, but anything packaged will last until school starts. Well, it won’t expire. Can your family go all summer without eating those snacks? I’m not sure.
You can also make delicious snacks like our energy balls, then freeze them until school starts. You probably have a little more free time now than you will in September.
Start buying school supplies.
There’s a good chance your young kid will need glue sticks. And pencils. And a ton of other stationery items that are actually already going on sale. Each week, I get tons of emails about getting cheap school supplies. We don’t even have school-aged kids, but I still run out for these deals. We can always use those items at home or Pete can bring them with him to school.
If you start picking up school supplies now, while they’re on sale, you won’t feel rushed when you finally get that School Shopping List from the teacher. And, you might want to dress up boring supplies like paper clips by making our DIY emoji paper clips.
Organize dressers and closets.
How much has your kid grown during the school year? Or how many shirts have taken a beating this summer and are torn and tattered? It happens. That’s part of the fun of being a kid. Take some time, though, to go through items that don’t fit or can’t be worn anymore and remove them from dressers and closets. If they’re too ruined to even be play clothes, turn them into rags to clean the house. If they’re still in good condition, donate them.
Then, figure out what you need and pick up some new back-to-school clothes, new sneakers, and a fun first day of school outfit. I always loved picking out a special outfit for the first day. It made going back worth it.
What are your tips to get your home ready for back to school? Leave them in the comments to help everyone else get ready too!