Back to School Hacks: Going Back to School Without Going Crazy. Are you gearing up for school? There are so many things that need to be done to get ready for back to school, who couldn’t use a few back to school hacks? Backpacks and back to school supplies to buy and back to school clothes to pick out. Here are some back to school hacks to make your transition easier! Looking for the perfect teacher gift? Be sure to check out these classroom supplies for teachers, free printables for teachers, and school lunch ideas.
Despite my best efforts to hold onto summer, we are in back to school mode here in the Lasha house. Aubrey starts preschool in two weeks (how did that creep up on me so fast?). I have a pretty long list of school supplies to buy, for both her classroom and her “homeschool” studies that we do together at home. I have to pick out that perfect first day of school outfit (she has requested to wear a blue dress) and a teacher gift, which I think I’ve narrowed down. So much to do:) I also want to capture the perfect first day of school photo…so much pressure!!!
Honestly though, back to school does NOT have to be quite so stressful. There are many tips and tricks that can make going back to school painless instead of checking you into the psych ward. I have some awesome sauce back to school hacks to have you jumping for joy all the way to the bus stop this fall!
Check it out…
1. Pre-plan your weekly wardrobe
I about died over this hanging clothes organizer idea from The Krazy Coupon Lady. Firstly, this is just genius. I have tried in vain to lay out a full weeks wardrobe just to have it end up on the floor or worse…in the dirty clothes to be washed again. Using a clothes organizer to hang the week’s clothes in the closet?? GENIUS! Secondly, and best of all…you can buy these clothes organizers for less than $10! Inexpensive, time saving awesomeness….yes please!!
2. Shop for Back to School Clothes Hassle Free
Are you a mom who loves to go back to school shopping or does the thought of dragging your kids from store to store and making them try on outfits make you want to hide in bed with the covers over your face? If you cringe at the thought of wasting a whole Saturday going from store to store, then you HAVE to try Rockets of Awesome! So here is the skinny on Rockets of Awesome: the clothes are high quality and not available in stores (so little Curly Sue will not be dressed exactly the same as every kid who went to the mall), you fill out a style profile for your child with their preferences and likes/dislikes, they send the box to your house to try on and then you only keep and pay for what you want!!! Easy peasy!! My favorite part of the deal…unlike other subscription services, they send you a preview of your box and you can swap items out before they even come! Rockets of Awesome even has a members only store that you can shop in if you want more than the items in your seasonal box (yep…you can get new clothes each season without ever leaving your house!!!) Winning!!!
3. Help your kids fight back to school germs
Ain’t nobody got time to get sick at the beginning of school, am I right? There is just way, way too much to do and the back to school bugs are miserable. Help your little one to fight that back to school sickness with the Bug Fighter Essential Oil! You can easily diffuse this AMAZING oil in your home with a diffuser or even in your car with a mobile diffuser. Might as well fight those germs the moment they get in the car, right!!
4. Save Money on School Supplies
Buying school supplies! My kids always come home with the craziest long lists of school supplies each year. Shopping for these supply lists does not have to break the bank OR become a weekend ender. Did you know that you can shop from the Dollartree online??? So not only can you get tons of classroom supplies for super cheap (hello $1!!), but you can shop from the comfort of your couch with a glass of wine in your hand! That is definitely one way to make back to school seem easy!!
5. Keep Homework Simple and Organized
Dreading the never ending stream of homework? Make a homework station like this one from Polkadot Chair. Use dollar store container (hey you can grab those while you are shopping online!!!) to organize the things your little darlings need to do their homework and keep it all in one convenient place. I have also seen awesome variations of this using utensil holders in file boxes and over the door shoe holders. Whatever items they need to complete their homework, you can organize in one easy to find and use location to help keep homework quick and simple!!!
5. Style your organization with an Adorable Custom Planners
So when it comes to planners, none are cuter than those from Erin Condren. They have such a fantastic variety of planners for elementary through college students (and teachers and moms too, if you feel inspired). And the pretty pens and stickers and oh…I’m gonna geek out over this for back to school organization. See..I have this theory that if you make organization cute and fun, kids are more likly to follow through with it. And Erin Condren planners are definitely the cutest around and make keeping up with homework adorably simple!
6. Speed up your hair styling routine
I have two little princesses, so we have lots of braiding and curling and hair maintenance up in here! My favorite back to school hair styles DEFINITELY come from Cute Girls Hairstyles. There are so many different and completely ADORABLE hair styles for back to school ranging from difficult to simple to choose from. When you are fixing your little ones hair, keep up with all those hair bands easily with this genius hair tie hack from Parenting.com. So simple…all you need is a carabiner. Love it!
7. Use a FREE printable for Teacher Gifts
Get a jump start on your back to school teacher gifts with these teacher gift ideas and FREE printables. It’s simple to impress your child’s teacher with clever little gifts and a printable tag. Make sure to grab those gifts while you are already doing your back to school shopping to save time!!!
8. Buy monogrammed coordinating backpack/lunchboxes
Help your little one keep up with their stuff and recognize their lunch bag with matching, monogrammed backpacks and lunchboxes like these from The Titled Willow Shop. Not only are these super cute, but they are personalized and totally affordable!! Isn’t that the best thing ever!!!
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Throwing a back to school party? Don’t forget to grab our Back to School Party Printables!!