In a few days my daughter starts kindergarten. No longer will we roll out of bed, play a bit, and then eventually meander to the breakfast table. Our mornings will be all about waking up on time, getting dressed, and out the door in time to get to school. This past week I’ve been trying to get organized for school mornings.
There are some simple ways to get the kids out the door a little more smoothly in the mornings.
- Have your child lay out their clothes the night before. This will eliminate the last minute search for that special skirt that matches their favorite shirt.
- Get backpacks packed the night before. Skip the drama of looking for last night’s homework or those gym clothes in the morning.
- If your child packs lunch, get that lunch made the night before.
Along with those simple ideas, you can also make school mornings go more smoothly with a bit of organizing.
Organizing Lunch Box Items
It’s amazing how quickly the collection of sandwich boxes, drink bottles, lunch boxes, and other lunch related items you can acquire when your kids start school. These items need a space of their own where they can be in one spot instead of spread out throughout the kitchen. This will make lunch packing go much more smoothly.
We are fortunate to have a small cabinet with pull-out shelves that works perfectly for this. I like having the cabinet down low so the kids can help put items away once they are clean and can even help pack lunch.
Organizing Lunch Snack Choices
When it comes to lunches, it’s also helpful to organize school-friendly snacks and desserts. We created a separate place in our pantry for desserts, fruit cups/applesauce containers, and other snack items (Goldfish crackers and dried fruits) to be stored separately. This makes it easy to quickly find items you are looking for.
I like using what we already have on hand, so I recycled a couple mismatched baskets and even a sturdy cardboard box. You could always find matching containers at the dollar store if you want a more cohesive look. Having them stored in separate containers also makes it easy for kids to find the snacks they are looking for. Letting kids have a say in what gets packed means they are more likely to eat their lunch.
Getting Ready for School Checklist
Finally, what I think will be the biggest help in getting us out the door in time is this simple flip chart.
I used some over-sized paint samples I had in our art supplies and wrote out each step of our morning process. I also included a simple picture on each card to make it easier for my non-reader to follow.
By punching a hole in the corner of each card and threading them onto a large metal or plastic ring, you can make a getting ready for school flip chart. (I like using what I have on hand, so I recycled a baby toy link and just wrapped a bit of tape around the opening in the ring to keep the cards from falling off. You can also use a metal binder ring.)
Are you ready for back to school? I hope these simple tips help you feel more organized for school mornings!
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