Back to School Checklist for Moms – Start The Year Off Right

Back to School Checklist

I know that a lot of students and moms get anxious about going back to school. Life can get a little hectic and there is a lot to keep track of. Use this back to school checklist to make sure you and your kids are prepared to start the school year off right.

Build A Capsule Wardrobe for Your Kids

Shopping for back to school clothes is always the first thing on the back to school list for moms. However, this year you might consider getting some capsule pieces for your son or daughters wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe consists of a few essential pieces that don’t go out of style.

Get them a few staple pieces that they can mix and match, and continue to wear throughout the rest of the school year. A capsule wardrobe will make deciding what to wear each day easier. Target is a great place to get staple wardrobe pieces.

Examples of Capsule Wardrobe Pieces:
  • Quality Pair of Jeans
  • Jean Shorts
  • Jean Jacket
  • Casual Tennis Shoes
  • Cardigan
  • Basic T-Shirts

…and mom, save yourself time by shopping online!

Target is also a great place to get a few pieces that help them show off who they are. For example, I just got this Harry Potter dress for my toddler. It’s so fun and cute, I just had to share!toddler girls harry potter dress from target #backtoschoolclothes #target #shopattarget

Get Your Calendar Ready

Schools will have new dates on the calendars before school even starts. Update yours with Back to School Night, Parent Teacher Conferences, Coach’s meetings, Youth Group, and whatever else your kids will be involved in. Update it every Sunday night so you are always aware of what is coming in the week ahead.

Put these dates on your personal calendar and/or a calendar where everyone can see them. This could be a calendar at a command station in your kitchen or an online calendar that the whole family can have access to, such as Google Calendar. Google Calendar is great because you can set it so that everyone gets a reminder before the event. That way your high schooler remembers to go to their little sister’s volleyball game.

Set Up a Homework Station

Decide where everyone is going to do their homework. Will it be at the kitchen table or at a desk in their room? Having a quiet place for them to work and ask for help will ensure that they get their work done and can enjoy the rest of their evening. Make sure you have some extra paper, pencils, etc. on hand so that they don’t have any excuse for not being able to get work done.

Set Up a Drop Off Station

To prevent your house from being a mess have a system for where your kids will put their belongings when they get home. Otherwise, it will all be dropped on your living room floor.

What will they do with their shoes? Where do their backpacks go? Is there a place for papers to go that need to be signed? Having a system for this will make sure that nothing gets forgotten or lost.

Put some hooks by the door for jackets and backpacks. Have a basket to put shoes in so that they aren’t all over the floor (that’s my favorite way to “organize” our shoes). Place a small basket for keys, gloves, hats, etc. by the front door as well. 

Have An After School Routine

The back to school checklist for moms includes building-in routines at home. Routines help everyone know what is expected of them and encourage us to be more productive. It’s so easy for a student to come home after school, throw their backpack down and start playing video games. Before you know it, it’s time for bed and they haven’t done their homework yet.

Having a routine will ensure they get homework done, get chores done, have family time, and whatever else your family deems important. Here is an example of an after-school routine.

An after school routine is just one thing that should be on a back to school checklist for moms. #backtoschool #momlife #school

Be Ready The Night Before

Mornings will go a lot smoother if you put some night time habits in place. Here are the things that should be done the night before:

  • Outfit picked out
  • All homework and school supplies packed back up
  • Lunches packed and ready to go in the refrigerator
  • All forms and permission slips signed and filled out

Meal Plan

The back to school checklist for moms must include meal planning.  Meal planning will ensure that you have a plan for each night and that you aren’t sending the high schooler out to grab McDonald’s. You want to start healthy habits from the beginning of the year.

Pinterest is a great tool to use when meal planning. You can find tons of ideas. Plus, you can grab my meal planning printables from my printables library to help you get started and keep it all organized.

meal planning printables to save you time and money in the kitchen. These should be on every back to school checklist for moms

Start Getting On a Sleep Schedule

At least a week before school starts, start getting your kids back on a sleep schedule. As a teacher, the first two weeks back to school were always the hardest because my body was adjusting to waking up earlier.

Set your kids up for success and start gradually going to bed earlier and have them wake up earlier. This way, their bodies aren’t in shock the first week of school.

I could always tell which kids were getting enough sleep and which kids were staying up late to text or play video games. It really makes a huge difference in their learning success.

Use this back to school checklist for moms and your kids will have a great start to the year. They will start the year off right and start building habits that will set them up for success for the whole school year.

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  1. Tara | I Dream of Simple

    August 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    This is a great post with lots of timely tips! My kiddo starts kindergarten in a couple of weeks and I’m starting to plan out our routine and meal plans. These are great suggestions! Thanks!

    1. KatiesKottage

      August 8, 2018 at 11:51 am

      Thanks Tara! Meal planning is always a great idea. That is awesome that you are already planning ahead. Good luck with kindergarten. 🙂

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