Back to School
This Morning Hack will Help Your Entire Family
Whether you’re trying to incorporate new routines to get organized for back to school (and all those new outfits), or you’re just looking for a way to make your mornings run smoother, this morning hack will help your entire family get out the door each day.
You don’t even need to overhaul your kids’ entire closet to incorporate this. From toddlers to teens (and even adults), use these free printables to get organized now.
Normal mornings around here are a little bit hectic. I have kids asking me what the weather is going to be before they can get dressed.
Usually my daughter comes downstairs in a dress only to see on the calendar that it’s a gym day.
And it never fails that my oldest is irritated because the shirt that he HAS to wear is dirty. Again.
Thanks to one little change in how we organize our clothes, our mornings are AMAZING!
Like – we have time for a dance party in the kitchen + a full round of chores before we hop on the bus. It’s incredible!
This super simple morning hack has made such a difference in our lives, that I couldn’t wait to share it with you!
First, Download These Free Printables
You’ll have all of the days of the week covered, as well as weather cues and school specials (like library, art and gym).
Next, Create Your System
We’ve made this system as flexible as possible, because there are SO many ways to use them.
My daughter has a hanging organizer in her closet.
We attached the days of the week to each shelf, and she can stick the appropriate weather tags and school specials every week.
Bins or Buckets
My son has a cube shelf in his closet, and we filled it with bins.
We taped the days of the week to each bin, and he just tosses his clothes into the appropriate bin.
It’s a super simple way for him to get dressed by himself every single morning, after I help him make appropriate choices for the entire week.
For younger kids, an over-the-door shoe organizer is a great solution.
Simply tape the days of the week on each pocket, and start filling them appropriately.
You’ll see that we have smaller versions of the weekdays just for this usage. (You’re welcome.)
Finally, USE your new system
The most important part of your new morning hack system is to USE IT! Once you get into a routine, it’s a super simple and quick way to organize your entire week.
I recommend making this part of your normal Sunday routine. Assuming your laundry is finished for the week (good luck!), have your kids check the weather for the week and put the appropriate tag on each day.
Double check to make sure that all specials are added to the correct day. And then help your child choose their outfits for the week.
I help my youngest, but my elementary-school kids are able to do this on their own.
I encourage them to even include their socks and underwear so everything can be on auto-pilot during the week.
Bonus! This also helps all of us keep track of whether we need to do any laundry during the week, or if we’re okay to wait until the following weekend.
Don’t you love it when a simple solution makes such a huge difference in your life?
Mastering Back to School Together
Back to school can be hectic, but it doesn’t have to be hard!
With three kids in school, I’ve learned a few things along the way that help to simplify the entire back-to-school process, while also keeping me sane.
And I’m sharing them all with you!
- The organizational systems we have in place
- The routines we use (and how we remember them)
- Why my kids haven’t missed the bus in three years
- How to have the best first day of school EVER
- How to put an end to homework battles
- How I get my kids talking (and talking and talking and talking) every day after school
- How we manage busy sports seasons without going insane
- The simple tech hack that EVERY parents needs to know
- And so much more!
Plus you can see how I made this amazing command center that keeps me crazy organized – using supplies from the Dollar Store!
Pretty great, huh?!?
Click here to see the 18 things I’m doing to master back to school, and how you can do them too!
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