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As each school year comes and goes, you’d think things should get easier. But there always seems to be a new wrinkle – a schedule change, a few more activities added, or maybe a change at home. So, anything that can simplify my mornings is good news. Here are 10 easy ways you’ll be able to make your school mornings a little less stressful.
Set an Alarm for 10 Minutes Before the Bus Arrives.
The fastest 10 minutes of any day are those minutes just before the school bus arrives. Just when you think you’re ready, there’s a missing shoe, or someone needs a permission slip signed. Then it’s a mad dash to the bus stop. Maybe having an alarm go off ten minutes before the bus arrives will help prevent those emergency road trips to school.
Morning Alarm via Good Housekeeping
Having a place for things we use every day like shoes and backpacks just makes sense.
A File Box Will Encourage Kids to be Organized.
As kids get a little older, they’ll start receiving papers for assignments, school clubs, sports or other activities. Or they may have things of their own they’d like to save. Having their own small file box is a great way to learn organization at an early age.
File box via Good Housekeeping
Take Pictures of Art Projects
I have boxes, and boxes of drawings, report cards, and holiday art projects that I couldn’t dare throw out. “The kids will appreciate having these one day”, I always thought. Until one day, I showed my daughter all that I’ve been treasuring, and her response was, “throw it out…I don’t need it”. So, taking pictures is a good way to save the memories – and space.
Art snapshot via Krazy Coupon Lady
Have a School Snack Drawer.
If you’re packing lunches each day, anything you can do to shave off a few minutes makes your morning less stressful. And it’s also easier to see when you’ll need to make a run to the store.
Week At a Glance
I used to think I could either remember appointments or just add a quick reminder on my phone. But after missing dental appointments, sports practices, and school functions I finally realized that being able to look at an entire week at once is the only way to go. As kids get a little older and have assignments or important dates it may be a useful tool for them too.
Week at a glance via Good Housekeeping
Hanging up a simple task chart is a good way to gradually give kids some ownership over their schedule. It clarifies simple tasks and helps kids to develop a sense of responsibility as they check things off.
School Lunch Cabinet
Having a dedicated cabinet for something we do every day makes sense. I guess if I can have a coffee cabinet and a liquor cabinet the kids should have a lunch cabinet. Grabbing snacks, drinks or containers from one place saves precious minutes.
School lunch cabinet via iHeart Organizing
Clothes for the Week
You know those mornings when you run around the house looking for a certain shirt or pair of jeans? Well, they’re history if you spend five minutes on Sunday night loading your organizer. And you’ll never wonder on Friday morning, “Wait, did I already wear this shirt this week?”
Clothes for the week via Krazy Coupon Lady
It’s a shame to lose focus because you’re wandering around the house looking for a sharpened pencil, an eraser or a highlighter. It doesn’t need to be fancy, but having everything in one spot definitely makes homework easier.
Homework station via Bowl of Lemons
The start of September has always felt more like a new year than “New Years” does for me. With the summer ending, the weather changing and kids going back to school, it feels like a good time to evaluate things and make some changes if needed. And any changes that eliminate confusion and stress are welcome ones in my book.