Back in the day, the first day of school had every kid coming home with a list of back-to-school supplies that were usually needed the following day. This meant a mad scramble by all parents to get what was needed to fill up the backpacks. Today, those lists are often emailed out in advance giving parents plenty of time to get the supplies weeks before school starts. There are some more back-to-school prep tips that can be put into action for a smooth transition. Here’s what to do:
Set Alarms Early
If this was the “summer of no morning alarms” for your kids, then it is time they get back into the swing of things. That means at least a week before school starts get those alarms going off at the early hours once again. Most importantly, don’t let them fall back asleep. They need to get their bodies readjusted.
Put Up a Master Calendar
We’ve all become dependent on our Smartphone calendars to help us navigate through the day. While you can merge calendars to have all the family events on your phone, it also helps to have a physical representation of that calendar. It should be up in the kitchen where everyone can add to it. At breakfast, review what’s one the calendar for the day and ask for “adjustments.”
Set Homework Time
The older a student is, the more serious they have to be about homework. This means dedicating a time after school for homework. It can be right when they come home or after dinner but it should be a consistent time. You should also get into the habit of checking the homework. That means actually checking and not just asking if it is done.
Clear Out Clutter
A lot of time is taken up in the morning with picking out outfits to wear to school. All of that should happen the night before so there isn’t any delay in the morning. It will help if there is less clutter in the kids’ room. It is time to go through the closets and dressers to pull out all the clothes they’ve outgrown or would never consider wearing again. That will free up a lot of space and make finding the things that matter easier.
After creating piles of unwanted items, you’ll want to give Junk King Miami a call. One session is all it will take to get rid of all those clothes, books, shoes, jackets and everything else that is taking up space. And it can all be donated along with anything else you want to remove from the house. Back-to-school prep should always include a clutter clearing session with Junk King Miami.