It’s back to school time again! Whether your kids are headed back this week or in a month, it’s time to get ready. This post is all about
back to school for moms!
Forget about new backpacks and shoes for the kids, did you treat yourself to any back-to-school supplies? Are YOU ready for a new school year?
Download your checklist here: Back to School check list from TabithaDumas
My boys are entering 4th and 1st grades this year (I keep reminding myself). It’s time again for lunches, homework, paperwork and morning/evening routines again. I’ve got my lists going for them (hair cuts, water bottles, their own personal combs and hair gel) but most importantly, I’m thinking about ME.
Here are a few tools I assembled to help ME prepare!
The idea is to keep things running smoothly and to set yourself up for a wonderful school year. For yourself AND the kids!
1. Plan your meals.
Pull out your favorite cookbooks (or your Pinterest board), grab a shopping list and map out your meals for the week.
I keep ours super-simple. We do one night each of
- chicken or fish + veggies
- out (which often means a trip to the grocery store deli, or a night at Nana’s house–the point is, I don’t cook)
Mine have to be quick, easy, and kid-friendly (and when I say kid, I mean picky-eater-kid).
2. Get new office supplies.
Why should the kids be the only ones who get fresh folders, markers and composition books?? Get some cute folders for filing all of the papers that will soon be coming in from school and treat yourself to some pretty pens and highlighters. Have a day planner handy, too, for writing down PTA meeting times and coffee dates.
Remember to schedule in “me time,” too!
3. Use beauty time-savers.
Every woman needs an everyday makeup look accessible to grab even if they only have five minutes to spend on their face in the morning. All you need is one or two neutral eye colors, a soft blush, mascara and gloss.
Read my daily makeup routine by clicking here.
I highly recommend the Mary Kay 3-in-1 cleanser, too, because it cleanses, exfoliates and freshens in one step. My other favorite multi-tasking product is the Mary Kay Moisture Renewing Gel Mask. It feels almost like aloe and you can use it as a quick mask or wear it overnight if your skin is dry, inflamed or stressed. Read my daily skin care routine by clicking here. Contact me if you need the contact info for my favorite Mary Kay reps.
4. Designate a “mom zone,” “home management zone” or “family command center.”
This is the place to keep paperwork, calendars, to-do lists and things like greeting cards, wrapping supplies and bills all in one spot that is yours alone.
As you can see above, I am spoiled—I have a studio/office/craft room all to myself but you can use a small desk, a corner of your laundry room or even a closet.
Now I also have a mud room/family command center set up in the hall between our garage and front door. We had to declutter and tidy up first and now the space is efficient and organized and there’s a place for everything.
5. Take a moment to tweak your inspiration board, too, so that the things that inspire you or make you smile are where you can see them regularly.
6. Work on your desk.
If you work from home, you may want to reorganize your desk or set up new filing systems–whatever it takes to be efficient and productive.
If you’re a home school mom, now is the time to get your desk and teaching area(s) ready.
There are some fun ideas for work-at-home and home school moms on my back-to-school Pinterest board:
You can’t go back to school without books!
I have found a good many of these at Goodwill.
Two of my favorites: “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach and “Organized Simplicity” by Tsh Oxenreider.
For those with a business: “Love is the Killer Ap” by Tim Sanders, “Good to Great” by Jim Collins and “The Power of Uniqueness” by Arthur F. Miller, Jr.
And for personal development: “By Happy Without Being Perfect” by Alice D. Domar, Ph.D, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families” by Stephen R. Covey and “Take Time For Your Life” by Cheryl Richardson.
You may also need a new tote bag to carry your books in or maybe a pretty new purse for fall. You get a backpack for the kids, why not treat yourself??
8. Update your wardrobe.
Maybe you need to declutter or reorganize your closet.
Or fine tune your wardrobe by Discovering your Signature Color.
Now is the time to make getting dressed as efficient and simple as possible. Find out whether you need to Jazz up or simplify your wardrobe with this quiz.
Or take advantage of my Style Launch!
Have some fun before the race to Winter Break begins and set yourself up for a wonderful new school year.
Be sure to read my other blog post: Hey mama…going back to school doesn’t have to be a Pinterest-worthy experience.
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