Consider it School Time

My son starts pre-school this year. This is all new for us and as summer comes to a close we are making preparations for this exciting time. Yesterday, we received a list of “important dates” as well as information about orientation, teachers and important things to know for the upcoming year. My husband’s first question was, “How are we going to keep track of all this?”

I love creating organizing systems and also believe in keeping it simple. Having done this for numerous clients, I am looking forward to being able to take my own advice. The first thing I did was put all of the dates into my calendar. Simple, but I’m always surprised at the number of people who don’t spend the 10 minutes required to do this and then wind up scheduling things on important school dates. And if you use an online calendar, it’s easy to share calendars to sync up the whole family.

Tip #1: Enter the dates into your calendar.

Next, I printed the list and put it – yes, you guessed it – on the fridge. A handy place as everyone knows to look there. Another option is to post the list somewhere that it will not accidentally get torn down and that I will always know where to look for it – in my son’s closet. If you really want to make sure the calendar doesn’t get lost, snap a photo of it on your mobile phone or tablet and save it in Evernote. That way, you always have a backup and you can refer to the list no matter where you are.

Tip #2: Post the information somewhere that it will be out of harm’s way for at least the next 9 months.

The next thing I did was make a list of what we needed for the first day of school. Pre-school doesn’t require pens, pencils, notebooks or any fancy organizing supplies but it will require a backpack of bag of some sort, ideally marked with his name as well as something to carry a snack, and a few other odds and ends. The best way to be prepared is a simple list. I started mine and will keep jotting things down for the next week, leaving me another two weeks to go out – or go online- and actually purchase the supplies.

Tip #3: Make a list

Finally, I decided how our morning routine will look so that I can start that plan ahead of time. I want to make sure that our mornings are not rushed and that we remember everything. A little planning and preparation makes everything easier!

Tip #4: Prepare

Last tip – coming up with a way to say goodbye to summer and ring in the school year. I love creating traditions / special times as a way to make them significant and memorable. Even if Elias won’t remember his first day of preschool, we will and it’s important to celebrate these small milestones.

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