Can you believe it’s already time to get ready for school? I can’t believe we’re getting ready for school now. I’m sure everyone feels like this, but the summer truly flew by. We had so much fun, and it was much different from our summer last year. In June, we had been in our house for a year. So, obviously, last summer completely revolved around moving and unpacking. Needless to say, this summer was fun in a different way. Our kids have made friends in the neighborhood, so we actually spent a lot of time at home. Aside from a couple trips, the weekends were full of family time, cooking, and occasionally going to the movies.
Now that it’s time to go back to school, I’ve been taking stock around the house of what needs to be done. The start of the school year is just like the start of the new year. It’s a refreshing start and I just soak it all up! I can’t say my kids are as excited as I am, but even as a kid the new school year was fun for me. As an adult, it’s still exciting but there are definitely more responsibilities now. Here are just a few things I’m doing to make the start of the school year a success!
I absolutely love decluttering, and there’s nothing better than a clean desk top (the literal kind, not the computer kind). Our kids’ desks have been used for all kinds of activities this summer. From Legos to drawing and painting to slime, the desks have see it all. We’ve cleared out the clutter, put away the art supplies, and refresh the pencil cups.
Selling old clothes
Thrifting and reselling are two of the ways I save money on clothes. With three kids growing out of clothes almost every season, saving money is a priority for me. Thrifting alone saves some dough, but reselling to a local store is one way I put money back into my wallet. I’ve been thrifting and reselling since before our oldest son was born, so it’s truly a natural reflex for me. I keep a bin or two of clothes in the office. Once it’s full, I take them to the shop!
Buying school supplies (and making it fun!)
This is such an obvious task, since we’re going back to school. Every other year, it has been crazy and hectic. It truly made me despise buying school supplies. And, friends. I love school and office supplies. This year, I took a different approach. The moment we had the supply lists, we set aside a Saturday morning and headed to the store. We got there soon after they opened, so we were naturally by ourselves. It was unhurried and unhectic and wonderful. It truly made it fun for me, Will and the kids.
Organizing school supplies
Another stumbling block during the school year is knowing what school supplies we have at the house and where they are. I know, I know … I am organized in most areas of my life. School supplies have always been a block for me. After we separated the school supplies from the store, we had some extras. We’ve set aside one shelf in the kitchen island as the one spot that school supplies live. That way, they’re accessible in a central part of the house and all of the kids can reach them.
What are you doing to get ready for the school year?