One month to go before the bell rings. Not to panic, there are still many long summer days to enjoy, but I want to give you my tips for sailing into back to school with a breeze.
- Start doing your research – If there are items you really need to purchase for your children, start looking into them now. I find if you wait until the last minute there is the potential for low stock, or out of stock, or you pay full price. Check Facebook Marketplace and or thrift stores if you don’t mind buying it from someone. This is a great way to save.
- Closet cleanout – before you do the back-to-school clothes shop check the closets. You don’t want to over-buy or buy items you really don’t need. Go through everything from shoes, coats, bags, tops, and pants and see what really needs to be purchased. Make sure to donate or recycle what you don’t need.
- Food preparation – make a list of pantry items you will need, and stock up the freezer on loaves, muffins, and bars. Many of these items can be just fine for a few months in the freezer. Better to be prepared.
- Check your route – if you are starting at a new school, do a test drive on a workday to see how much time you will need to get there.
- Prepare those Kindergarteners – if you have a child starting school for the first time, I would suggest you start pretending like they are going to school in the morning about a week to two weeks before school begins. This helps them know what the morning routine will be like. Have them go to bed and wake up at the times you will want them to. Give them the appropriate time for breakfast, pack their bags, etc.
Here’s to a successful new school year. All the best.
MaryAnna Robbins CSEP-CPT, OFC RHEP – Group Exercise, Resistance Trainer, Yoga Fitness, Pilates Mat Fitness