As you all should know by now, my favorite time of the year is Summer. The problem is that mid-way through, we have to start thinking about "back to school". The stores are all filled with supplies and the sales have begun.
Shopping for school supplies can be chaotic if, as with everything else, you don't have a plan.
Here are some ways you can organize your school shopping experience:
Consolidate Your Lists
When you have several kids to shop for, it's best to consolidated everything you need into one big list. Having a master list can save on time dramatically, which I think is a necessity when shopping with your kids in tow!
Shop For Sales
The school supply circulars are starting to come out in the newspapers, so be on the lookout for the best deals. Since our schools start on August 31st, stock up on supplies now, before the supplies dwindle. I have found in years past that if I wait until school actually starts, the more specific things we need are already gone.
Sort It All Out
While you most certainly don’t have to dump everything out on the floor or a table to get the sorting process started, it can definitely get the kids excited. They tend to love rummaging through the pile of school supplies. It can be exciting. Whether you are a kid or not, there is nothing like a pile of "new stuff". To make sorting easier and to coral all of the school supplies, I suggest using a separate bin for each child. As you check the supplies off of the lists, you can then put them in their designated bins. Now you are ready to put them away until school starts and easily add the few extra things if you need to.
Now that you have all of your school supplies neat and orderly, don’t forget the labels! Every school has different rules for what should be labeled. Make sure you label backpacks, lunchboxes, clothing and outerwear too, especially for the younger ones! After you make the investment on all of that back to school gear, you don’t want it to end up lost!
So, have you started your back to school shopping yet? If not, what are you waiting for?
Hope these tips help you have a more organized "back to school" experience this year! If you need help because you are feeling overwhelmed with the prospect of getting organized, contact me at A Better Space. I will be more than happy to help.