Learn five ways to prep your home for school!
Prep your home for school with these five tips. We start school on August 21st so I have been focusing on savoring summer and doing a little bit of prep here and there. Whether homeschooling or sending your kids to school, we all need to prep our homes. These tips will help you get ready for the school year ahead!
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5 Ways to Prep Your Home for School
1) Clothing Organization
Take some time to review your kids’ clothes and sort out what does not fit anymore. Make a list of essentials needed. This will help you focus when you go shopping on what you actually need.
Depending on your weather, you may need to purchase some fall clothes. Since we live in the south and it does not really get cold until November (maybe) I usually wait for the fall clothes.
2) Paper Organization
School equals lots of papers so it is helpful to have a system set up to handle the papers. Here are some of our favorite methods:
Set up a Command Center- I have absolutely loved our 1Thrive Command Center. It makes such a difference to have everything in one place. It is so easy to organize and there are tons of options for setups!!
I use the bottom section to hold an inbox folder and a bills folder. The inbox folder is a landing zone to hold any incoming papers that I need to file away. Every Saturday, I go through this and put the papers where they belong.
Create School Memories Binders- The kids love having binders full of memories of items they created. Go ahead and prep your binder so you can easily put items into the binder over the course of the school year.
3) School Supplies Organization + Shopping
Many states have a tax-free weekend that can be helpful for back-to-school shopping. However, start looking now for deals! My kids’ schools posted the school supply lists so I was able to get some of the items now as they were on sale! Target and Walmart both have great deals currently where you can actually get things cheaper now.
Along with getting the school supplies, they need to be organized!
Create a Homework Station- I love Jaclyn’s idea for this!
Make a school space at home- I absolutely love what Sumer did with her space for learning at home!
Use a cart- We loved using our cart for homeschool when we homeschooled.
4) Daily Rhythms
Determine what your daily rhythms will be.
Take time now to figure out what will be essential for you and your kids to do each day before school and then after school.
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5) Set a Theme for the Year
Sending your kids off to school can be emotional and feel a little overwhelming. There were times when I really struggled with it. One thing that has helped me has been to focus on speaking truth to my kids before school. These school years are prime years for teaching your kids how to live in this world. They will deal with difficult people. There will be conflict. In these moments, we can walk alongside them to teach and train them how to handle these moments.
For the past couple of years, I have been saying a simple reminder on the way to school (pictured below) and praying with the kids. It has become our theme.
What tips would you add?
These five tips will help you get ready for the upcoming school year! Make sure to check out these back-to-school tips!