Ideas for Back to School that will save your sanity!
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…
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!!
Save Money on School Supplies at Target
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 on Target online??
This process is so simple…it’s almost like back to school shopping was MADE to be done this way. Depending on your local Target, you can shop for in store pick-up, drive up, or delivery.
I know the idea of not leaving my home to do back to school shopping makes this mama jump for joy!
Another cool thing about back to school with Target…you can sign up for a free Red Card and save 5% on all your purchases. So splurge a little and get them the glitter pens…you earned it by saving TIME and MONEY!
Personalize store bought products with some DIY
Shopping for school supplies on a budget isn’t always the most fun. You often send up with a lot of generic or plain, solid colored school supplies. Using a little creativity, you can turn those ordinary items into extra special items your kids will love.
DIY Watercolor Notebooks
Here is an idea from Eighteen25 to make adorable watercolor notebooks from the simple $0.70 notebooks and folders you can buy!
Gold Dipped Notebooks from Eat Sleep Cuddle
How gorgeous and simple are these tricked out notebooks????
Soda bottle Pencil Holders from Make it Love it
Here is a fun and clever hack to keep all those school supplies in order. Plus, it’s recycling at it’s finest!!
DIY Dry Erase Checklist
Make chore charts and homework checklists easy and reusable with a fun free printable like this one from 36th Avenue and a simple picture frame. You have an easy and awesome dry erase checklist for your kids to keep track of their progress!
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!!!
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!!
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!!!
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 likely to follow through with it.
And Erin Condren planners are definitely the cutest around and make keeping up with homework adorably simple!
***Also…if you have never purchased from Erin Condren before, you can use this link to sign up for the rewards program and earn $10 off your purchase!!!***
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.
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!!!
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!!!
Throwing a back to school party? Don’t forget to grab our Back to School Party Printables!!
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