Getting organized for the new school year

We’ve got two weeks until D’s first day of school, and C will start preschool the following week. HUGE changes for our family, and that means I’ve got to up my organization game.

Here are a few goals on my mind right now:

  1. Picking up what we need (before the last minute).

    I don’t do well at Walmart in the best of situations, but I *really* don’t do well in a crowded Walmart. Or mall. Or any store, really. So I’ve been trying to keep on top of what everyone needs for school before we get too close to D-day. I navigated a surprisingly calm trip to Payless and got them each two pairs of shoes (for $60 total! *heart-eyed emogi*). We still need jeans.

    D picked out a new Ninja Turtles backpack and a thermos, so we just need a water bottle for his desk. C got a new backpack for her birthday, so she’s all set. I’m a little sad over the fact that we don’t need to buy school supplies — D’s school requires a $30 cheque, and they provide everything. It’s good, though, because I’d probably have spent $30 on gel pens alone.

  2. Turning the hall closet into a mudroom.

    This is done, and it’s still working out sooooo well. Like, I can’t even, you guys.

    You complete me, hooks. 

    Sometimes we get too many bags hanging on the hooks (ahem, my tote bags) but it’s an easy fix. The kids are great about putting their shoes and hats in their bins (sometimes the odd dirty sock, too), and it’s been a solid solution for our house. Full tutorial here, if you want to make your own. 

  3. Being better about meal-planning and grocery shopping.
    We’ve dropped the ball this summer, I’ll admit. Darling Husband does the grocery shopping and I do most of the cooking (albeit badly), and we’ve been guilty of quickie meals (ahem, I made fish sticks and Goldfish crackers for SUPPER the other night, I can’t even …) and even quicker grocery runs to “grab a few things” rather than planning a week’s worth of meals.

    I wrote out a full week’s worth of meals the other day, made up a list (as much as I love making lists, I dislike writing grocery lists for a reason I can’t understand), and Darling Husband dutifully went out and bought everything we needed. Now we’ll see if I can stick to it.

  4. Finishing (well, starting) a Family Command Centre. 

    If I’m going to stick to a meal plan, I need to see it! Written down! Keeping me accountable! So one of my upcoming DIY projects is going to be a Family Command Centre on our kitchen wall. It’s going to have a spot to write out the week’s menus, a calendar, a grocery list, and a place for all of those notices and newsletters that are bound to come home from school.

  5. Sewing back-to-school wardrobes. 

    My sewing skills are really picking up, and I’ve branched out from just making dresses and leggings for C to making shirts for D! He loves it, and I love that he’s going to have his own sense of style (well, my style?) in the classroom. I’m also learning that sewing collared shirts take waaaay more time than sewing a simple dress.

    (Sewing friends, I’ve been making the Anytime at All Tee and the Maxwell Shirt, both from Shwin Designs)


The kids are counting down on paper calendars until their respective big days, and I keep getting panicky/excited flutters for them. Are they ready? Am I ready? Is the house ready? It doesn’t matter — school is coming soon!


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