Friday, August 11, 2017

5 ideas for Back to School preparation

It's that time of year... Back to School!  If you're looking for idea to help you with this time of year, read on!  

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It's hard to believe it's time to go back to school!  School starts early in Tennessee.  My kids have already been back in school for 3 days.  This is a crazy time of year, but a little preparation can make everything go so much smoother.

5 ideas for Back to School preparation!

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Have kids inventory what they have in their closets and drawers that will still work for the upcoming school year.

It's still practically summer in TN when my kids go back to school so they can wear knee length shorts, capris and sandals.  They don't really need pants or jackets yet.  We hold off on getting those until the weather cools down.  After my kids have inventoried what they have, we make a list of what they need.  Then we decide what stores to shop for the needed items.

Favorite Stores for clothing:  
  • Ross
  • Platos Closet
  • Goodwill
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Forever 21
  • Tilly's
  • H&M
  • Old Navy
  • Gap

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School Supplies

Make a list of all required supplies and even buy a few extras to help the teacher.

Most schools put their supply lists online.  My high school kids don't know for sure what they need
until they actually go to their classes the first day.  But I know they always need binders, dividers, 
paper, pencils and pencil pouches, so I stock up on those during the Back to School sales.

I also try to buy things when they are on sale and clearance at the end of school shopping season, so I always have a stock of school supplies stashed.

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Get supplies for kids to take their lunch to school.

All summer long my kids have fended for themselves eating leftovers and frozen meals.  But that won't work for school lunch. So before school starts I need to stock up on lunch supplies.  My kids take sandwiches or tortilla wraps most days. Then they have chips, fruit, a snack and a drink.

They also take water bottles with them.  We like *Colemon, *Gatorade and *Contigo

Backpacks and Lunch Bags

If you have good quality backpacks and lunch bags, they can be reused from year to year.

These items can be washed in the washing machine.  At the end of every school season (and at least once during the school year) I put my kids backpacks into the washer.  I wash lunch bags a few times a school year too.  It's surprising how quickly they get gross.  After being lugged all day, every day, they need a good cleaning.  I hang them to dry.

Back to School Dates 

Take kids 1 on 1 to lunch and school shopping.

This is probably my favorite tip of all!   After being with siblings all summer long, it's so nice to get one on one time with each child.  

Each child has the opportunity to go to the stores they want to, and to try on clothes without their siblings being annoying!  We also use that time to talk about the upcoming school year and anything that they are looking forward to or are nervous about.

Back to School time can be a pretty stressful time.  But with these 5 Ideas for Back to School Preparation, you can make the process smoother!  


  1. I LOVE how you take the time to take each child on a back to school date!!! So sweet! Thanks for sharing this post.

    1. Thank you Sharon! My kids and I really enjoy it!

  2. I love your back to school date idea! So smart and so needed!!

    1. It is really important to spend one on one time with our kids!

  3. First of all, I live in TN too! Second, I love the back-to-school-date idea. I think my girls would really like that.

    1. Hi Jordan, fellow Tennesseean! My kids and I all love going and look forward to it all summer!

  4. I can remember my parents doing one on one back to school dates with me and my siblings when we were in grade school! It was a fun way for them to know what classes we were going to be in, learn our teachers' names and feel invested!

    1. That sounds so wonderful! I've really enjoyed spending the time with my kids over the years!

  5. All fantastic ideas! We don't have any kids yet, but my little niece starts school this Fall (where did time go!!) I will be passing this on to my SIL so she can be prepared!

    1. Thank you Melissa! I hope it helps your niece!! xo

  6. Aw this is so cute! I love these back to school ideas! I definitely want to start carrying a water bottle with me around campus at all times!

  7. It will be a few more years until my oldest starts school but all these back to school posts is making my heart a little weepy!

  8. We aren't there yet, but your ideas are wonderful. For cheap school supplies, check out the Dollar Tree! I remember having "special days" periodically with my mom.

  9. You have such a beautiful family!!! I love these ideas! My favorite is the back to school dates with each child 😻I think that's absolutely adorable and a great way to bond!

    1. Thanks so much Andrea! We all look forward to the BTS dates every year!

  10. I remember looking forward to back to school shopping with my mom. She always made a big deal of it and it felt special to spend the day with her. My daughter isn't quite ready for school (she's 15 months) but when she is, I'll for sure take her on a back to school date!! Great advice!


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