The first day of school is almost here, and there’s always a lot to do. Getting back to school is exciting but not easy. You have to prepare your child mentally and take care of a lot of things. So, are you prepared? From getting supplies, staying within budget and starting a new schedule, here are some tips to follow on how to get organized with your back-to-school to-do list.
Check With Your Child’s School
To get started, you need to know the things your child needs for in and out of the classroom. This is a good opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher and get a list of necessary supplies. From pens and paper to backpacks and the right back-to-school shoes for gym class, you’ll have a lot to shop for. If your child opt for any special classes like, music class, dance class, basketball game or any other sport, then you have to buy necessary gear and uniforms for your child.
Having a list will not only prevent unnecessary spending, but it’ll prevent stress and make life easier for your kid in school.
Cost and Budget
Budgeting is an important means of cutting down on spending. It’s one of the financial hacks that reduce unnecessary spending. So after getting the list of what’s required, you should have a specific amount you’re planning to spend. Budgeting will help you buy the necessities first and then other preferable items.
So what’s the cost of each item on your list? And what’s your budget? Your answers to these questions will provide you with a clear and viable spending plan. If the expenses are greater than the budget, you’ll have to cut down on unnecessary spending in other areas. You can also reduce expenses by doing your back-to-school shopping early and taking advantage of any sales. Many online stores as well as retail outlets offer great discounts to early shoppers on premium products. So, take advantage of the sales offer and cut down the costs on school supplies.
Buy the Needed Items First
Now you have a list and a budget, but the question is: Does everything on that list check the “needed” box? It’s important to know if the items on your back-to-school list are urgent or if some won’t be needed until the second semester.
So when you meet with your child’s teacher, ask which supplies will be used right away and what can be purchased later on in the year. This will help you focus your energy on the required items and stay within your set budget.
Organize The School Bag
When you have all the items on the list with you, it’s time to organize the school bag. But, before that, you will need a school bag that fits your class. Whether your child is going to a middle school or high school, choose the bag size with compartments that meet all their needs. You will need separate compartments for books, notebooks, and stationary, so choose accordingly.
Once you have selected the bag, carry only the books as given on the timetable. Your child’s class instructor or teacher will give you a timetable after the admission process that will help you organize the school bag accordingly.
While you are prepared with all the school supplies, one thing not to miss out is transportation. How are you planning to send your child to school? Is it via school bus, or do you prefer to drop him/her in your own vehicle?
Well, if the distance to school from your home isn’t far enough, then it’s wise to use your own vehicle. It will save you morning time. Else, you can opt for a school bus. However, remember your child has to get ready early. So, be prepared for an early morning.
Get on Schedule Before the First Day
Getting all the things needed for school doesn’t mean you are fully prepared for when it starts. There are other things you need to do, so planning is essential.
Start by organizing your daily activities and preparing you and your family for the back-to-school routine. Ask yourself a few questions, like: When do you plan to wake up for school? What will your day during school periods look like? How do you plan to transition from your current schedule to a school schedule? Your answers to these questions will prepare you physically and mentally for the new school year.
Start the School Year Off Right
The beginning of every school year can be very chaotic — no doubt. However, planning and organizing your to-do list before it begins will reduce stress and create a smooth transition for everyone. Follow these tips to start the new school year off on the right foot.