The back to school season is exciting…and, let’s face it, frantic. But with a little extra organization in key areas of the home, and a few tweaks to your family’s daily routine, you can make the transition with ease. Read on for my favorite ways to get organized for a happy, healthy school year.
A happy, healthy school year begins with some smart preparation, so set aside some time over the weekend to get a few key areas of the home in order:
- Help your child choose outfits in advance for the first week or two of school, and stow them in an easily accessible spot.
- Set up a “command center” near the front door with a clock, family calendar, paper organizer, and drop zone for backpacks and other belongings.
- Avoid the frantic morning rush by stocking the kitchen or downstairs bathroom with a spare hairbrush and toothbrushing supplies.
- Don’t forget to label backpacks, lunchboxes, water bottles, and sweatshirts with your child’s name!
Ease new-school-year jitters with a peaceful morning routine. Roll up a few yoga mats and keep them in a basket near a cleared area or floor to make it easy and tempting to sneak in a few simple yoga poses or a guided meditation. Even five minutes of gentle stretching or deep breathing before the rush of the school day begins is worth it: your child will feel calmer, and you will both feel more connected and ready to face the day. After school, kids are tired and may be feeling overwhelmed from all of the new experiences at school, so try to schedule something fun and relaxing for right after. This is a great time for a trip to the park or sports practice.
Once your child is back at home, aim to get in the routine of putting their backpack in the same spot, emptying out their lunchbox, and looking at any papers they brought home together.
Celebrate the new school year by treating your hardworking entryway to a fresh rug (find four of my favorites below) and bring on fall!
Rug shopping guide: (Clockwise from top left) Liora Manne Front Porch Birds in beige and brown; Liora Manne Front Porch Owls in night; Martha Stewart Rugs Hand-Tufted Autumn Woods in Francesca Black; Nourison Waverly Greetings Accent Rugs in Red.
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