Just stay with me now. We’ll get through this together. It will be OK.
Some of us are already seeing ads sporting squeaky clean kids with neat haircuts.
Pencils, pads of paper and binders are starting to grace the aisles of the grocery store.
…..and the sinking feeling that you have to somehow get all this stuff done for your kids.
Here are 4 ways to ease into the back to school season:
1. School Supplies:
-Shop your house first. Designate a spot in your house for either reusable supplies or new ones that haven’t been used.
-Sharpen the pencils you already have. Wash the backpacks that are in good shape. Here’s how.
-Check to see if your state has a tax free week.
-Here’s also a list of community organizations which offer free supplies.
Take the time to do this. You won’t regret it.
2. Clean Out Drawers and Closets:
-For every new item that your kids seem to “need” have them donate 2. Better yet, 3. It will cut down on clutter and help others. Starting with a fresh space helps us all. Set the example by cleaning out your own closet!
3. Clothes and Shoes:
-Guess what? There is no rule that states that all new clothing for the school year must be purchased before the beginning of the year. Agree on a budget and stick to it. Kids like limits.
Thankfully, the internet is here. Ordering online has never been easier or more convenient.
Online shopping and I became intimately aquainted when my children were small.
When 5 pairs of shoes showing up in the mail, choosing 1 from those is much easier for a 4 year old than from the 30 pairs in the store.
Give them a break and limit their choices!
(Prepare yourself however by picking up packing tape and printer ink for those return labels. Trust me. I’ve learned from experience. Vendors who offer free return shipping are usually the ones I use.)
4. Get your car ready:
I know that may seem crazy, but it is the workhorse of the American mom. Oil change. Tire rotation, etc. Now is a good time to schedule those things. Soccer practices and carpool are right around the corner.
I hope this list has helped you start thinking how to ease into this little season that’s not even on the calendar.
Is there anything else that you would add to this list?
Has online shopping helped you or hurt you with regard to school shopping?
Do you find it difficult planning for this season?
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