Preparing for Back to School After the Holidays

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The holidays this year have been a blast, but at last, my son heads back to school tomorrow. With the new year and back to school time, we’re working on implementing new routines and getting back on track with our old ones. Here are a few of the ways we are getting ready for school and getting back into the flow of life when it’s not the holidays, holiday break bed head still included.

For starters, we created a landing zone. A big source of headache for me in the mornings is finding jackets and finding shoes. My kiddos like to take them off and leave them everywhere throughout the house. So, we’ve got a landing zone in my son’s closet where he can put his shoes and jacket, that way they’ll be easy to find when he is getting dressed in the morning time.

Next, I also put him a place to hang his backpack, right next to this same spot. He knows his afternoon routine when he comes in is to take out his folder so I can check it for paperwork or homework, he puts his lunchbox on the counter, and he puts his ice pack from his lunch box in the freezer. Then, he can hang his backpack on his hook and know exactly where it is. No early morning searching needed.

Another great closet idea is to pre-plan outfits for the entire week. If you get all of your laundry done by the weekend, you can go through and plan clothes for Monday-Friday and not even have to think about it. I hope to get some bins labeled for us to do this, too. Right now I just grab their clothes after I get them breakfast, that way I can go get ready for the day and they can get themselves dressed.

Next, I put together a small lunch packing station, with my son’s lunchbox, his lunch containers, and a few extra things we may need- thermos, water bottles, etc..

I also include a few snack things here, but I also love creating snack bins for my pantry. I include things that are easy to throw into lunchboxes, prepackaged snacks, etc..

Not only do these help me pack lunches, but I can keep one down lower in the pantry for after-school snacks, that way they can grab what they need when we are coming in the door on a busy afternoon.

Lately, we have been loving these NEW Jif® Power Ups ™. Jif Power Ups come in two different forms. The Jif Power Ups Creamy Clusters are perfect for keeping moms fueled with a delicious snack,  and the perfect way to treat yourself. My kiddos love these, too, but I try to save them for myself if we’re being honest. Then,  Jif Power Ups Chewy Bars are great for kiddos lunches, snacks, and mom on the go, too. Both Jif Power Ups are made with peanuts as the first ingredient, a balance of protein, fiber, and good fats, and no corn syrup. They are energizing, nourishing, and filling. With my son being a kindergartener, he is in the first class to eat lunch every day- believe it or not, at 10:30 in the morning. This means that we need to pack a snack every day that is easy to eat inside the classroom. These are perfect, and help me to know that he’s not getting hungry in the afternoons. While it’s often a struggle for me to get my kiddos to eat the things I really want them to eat, this is one snack we all agree on.

I get these from one of our favorite places to shop, too, Publix!

You can find them with the other snacks on the cereal aisle.

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I hope you found these tips helpful, and feel ready to tackle the 2nd half of the school year. Do you have any other tips to keep your household organized during school time? Leave them in the comments!

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