This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Famous Footwear. All opinions are 100% mine.
If there’s one time of year that tests my ability to “do it all” it’s definitely the hectic back to school season.
When it’s time to get ready to go back to school, it helps me maintain my sanity when I confidently prepare and get organized. Going into the school year with a sense of clarity allows me and my children to start the school year off with an advantage.
It’s so important for me to be confident in my ability to manage it all by being prepared and organized. And it never hurts to treat myself to a new pair of shoes from Famous Footwear to rock while I tackle the many back to school tasks.
I’m currently rocking the Men’s Court Borough Low Top Sneaker as I get ready for the upcoming school year.
I don’t know why but I’ve always liked wearing men’s sneakers better. I find them to be more comfortable…and I always feel confident when I’m comfy.
With these great looking (and great feeling) shoes on, I’m ready to take on all the busy tasks that back to school has to offer.
Here are my 9 tips to confidently prepare and organize the beginning of your school year:
1. Use folders and binders.
It helps to have a way to keep all of your school paperwork sorted for easy access. Sometimes your child’s teacher will require a specific set folders or binders, so check to see if the school or teacher has provided a list of specific supplies before you go shopping.
2. Have a place for everything.
Decide on a set spot for all of your school things. Designate specific slots or pouches for everything from papers and notebooks to pencils and pens. If you know exactly where something is, you save time spent on looking for it later.
3. Make a to-do list.
A to-do list is essential for staying on top of everything going on with school. If you try to keep everything you need to do in your head, you’re bound to forget something. A to-do list right in front of you will help you see exactly what should be done and when. It’s a great time saver.
4. Have your things ready the night before school.
Gather your things before you go to sleep at night. This method will be a lifesaver for you if you’re not a morning person. In the morning, you can get out of bed and know that your bags are packed and ready to go.
* To save even more time in the mornings, lay out each child’s clothes the night before. Trying to figure out what to wear in the midst of the morning rush sets you up for a stressful day. However, a little advance planning can help you feel in control and set the stage for a productive day instead.
5. Plan your meals.
If you’re busy, you might be tempted to skip a meal. To maintain your health and energy, ensure that you’re eating nutritiously. Plan enough time in advance for breakfast in the morning and pack a healthy lunch.
6. Have a place for homework.
Have a set place and time to do homework. If they stay organized with a specific homework flow, the whole process can go quickly and the kids will be done before you know it.
7. Keep lines of communication open.
In order to have an efficient and organized life, discuss important issues with your family members on a regular basis. Keep the lines of communication open and let your children know that you value their input and concerns.
8. Line up transportation.
Decide on school transportation plans early. Will your kids take the bus, or do you need to take them to school? Plan for backup transportation whenever possible for the times that things don’t go according to plan.
9. Have the right attitude.
Remember that a positive attitude can go a long way towards making things run smoothly. Your attitude can be the difference between success and failure in keeping things organized. Your attitude determines whether your household is one of peace or chaos. Choose peace!
Remember to enjoy the process of preparing for school – Have fun on purpose and choose to be happy. Try new things, and keep the goal in mind. A little advance planning (and a new pair of shoes *wink*) can go a long way towards relieving much of the stress that the beginning of school brings.
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I’d love to know what your top shoe picks are and how the right pair of shoes helps you feel empowered during the busy seasons of life.
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