Set Up Your Kids—and Yourself—for a Successful School Year

Martí Gonzalez
| October 25, 2023 | 4 Minute Read
adorable young mother and daughter preparing backpack for school

As a parent or a student, perfecting the annual school hustle can be overwhelming. But fear not! With a bit of planning and organization, you can streamline your family’s routine and make the process smooth and stress-free.

1. Label school supplies

Labeling school supplies is essential! From your child’s backpack to their school clothes, having everything clearly marked with durable, waterproof labels will save you time and money in the long run. It will help you identify the item if – or when – it goes missing at school. 

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2. Create chore charts

Back-to-school time means everyone needs to pitch in to keep the household running smoothly. A chore chart not only lightens the load for parents, but teaches kids responsibility and valuable life skills. Once you’ve finalized the chore chart, print them in vibrant colors and hang where they can be easily seen to help your kids stay on task.  

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3. Set out clocks

Place clocks in crucial areas of the house, such as the kitchen and the kids' bedrooms. Having visible clocks will help everyone stay on schedule and avoid any last-minute rushes. Some experts even suggest turning the clocks ten minutes ahead to build in an extra time buffer.  

Girl planning school outfit for next day.

4. Plan outfits for the week

Morning can be the most chaotic time of the day, especially when everyone is trying to get ready for school or work. Take a few minutes each weekend to plan and lay out outfits from head to toe, including socks and accessories, for the upcoming week. This small step will save valuable time each morning.

Child putting reminder on a home calendar

5. Set out reminders

Create small reminder notes and place them where they will be easily seen. For instance, a sticky note on the front door might remind your child to grab their lunchbox or gym bag. These reminders can be helpful for both kids and parents.  

Calendar and to do lists hanging on refrigerator

6. Create a family command center

Designate a central area in your home as a family command center. Use a whiteboard or bulletin board to post important information and schedules for everyone to see. This central hub will keep everyone on the same page and minimize miscommunications.

Girl doing homework in her room at a desk.

7. Build the ultimate homework station

Design a dedicated homework station that is quiet, well-lit and free from distractions. Stock it with all the necessary school supplies, such as pens, pencils, rulers and calculators. A well-organized and inviting workspace can boost productivity and focus during study sessions.

Alexa or Google Home speaker in house.

8. Make a morning playlist

Harness the power of music as a motivational tool! Curate a morning-specific playlist that not only infuses energy and positivity into the start of your day, but when the final song plays, it will be a signal for everyone to start heading to the car.  

Students emerging from carpool

9. Start a carpool

Starting a school carpool can be a game-changer. Imagine the convenience of sharing the school drop-off and pick-up responsibilities with other parents. It can save you both time and money. Not sure how to get one going? No worries, we’ve got some tips to get your started. 

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Bonus Tip: Allow yourself some 'me' time

Amidst all the planning and preparation, don't forget to take care of yourself. School season can be stressful, but it's essential to find moments for relaxation and self-care. Whether it's reading a book, taking a walk, or enjoying a hobby, make time for yourself to recharge and stay balanced.

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