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I can’t believe how quickly this school year is sneaking up on us. Does anyone else feel like summer just flew right by? I was driving the other day and looked up to see a tree in the bluffs with (wait for it) ORANGE leaves. Yeah, I was pretty shocked, too. And before that I noticed some of the sumac on the sides of the road turning red. In fact, I’m not sure if it’s because the beginning of the year was so consumed with moving and wedding planning, but it feels like this whole year has just flew right by!
No matter how quick our summer has gone and no matter how much we’re going to miss it, it’s time to face the music and prepare for Alea’s first year of preschool! I’m a little bit worried about how I’m going to keep everything organized, so I thought I better start working on that now. Better safe than sorry, right?
There’s so many fun ways to get organized for back-to-school and I’ve found some really fabulous supplies to help us out. Here are my tips for getting organized for this coming school year:
001. There’s an app for that: The Paperless app is honestly one of my favorite apps on my phone. I’m always making lists and checking things off and I love that it’s not a total waste of paper. I’m a huge list-maker so the amount of paper I use when I make lists is a bit outrageous!
002. Color-code your planner: I’m a huge fan of color coding. Being the visual person I am, I love that I can take a quick glance at my calendar and find my work schedule, important dates, and our bill due dates right away. Papermate Flair pens have always been my favorite (heck, I’ve talked about them on my blog and Instagram enough, but I love their fine point ones even more! They’re perfect for writing in my planner. I also write out my blog posts on little skinny sticky notes so I can easily move them around in the event my editorial calendar should change.
003. Clipboard calendar: This clipboard calendar is so handy and so easy. I simply printed out a monthly-calendar from a template I found online, snapped them onto the clipboard and hung the clipboard on a nail on the wall. Can’t get much easier or inexpensive than that! I keep a bunch of Sharpies nearby so I can easily write in any important events or bills. That way everyone can visibly see what we have going on and we don’t overbook ourselves.
004. Write important notes on the mirror: Aside from love notes and kiss faces on the mirror (hint, hint, Cory!) you can use Expo Window Markers to write important notes so everyone can see them! It’s really the next best thing to taping a note on your forehead, let me tell ya!
005. Create a central command station: This is what we’ll be utilizing most this coming school year. Having a central “command station” can be key to being organized and keeping it all together. This is our space to keep our bills, important preschool documents, our calendar, markers to write on our calendar and when we’re home, I keep my planner here as well. It’s just so nice to have everything in one place and organized!
If you’re looking to get organized this school, I would definitely suggest heading over to Office Depot. I was so excited to find those Sharpie markers for only $5 and they also have all kinds of great back to school sales going on. I also heard through the grapevine that you can save $5 on your purchase of $20 or more on Papermate, Expo Neon Window Markers, Sharpie, Uni-Ball and Mr. Sketch and Sharpie singles are only 25 cents! Score! Talk about an organized mother’s dream come true, right?
Now those are the back-to-school tips from a total newbie, but I’d love for you veterans to share your back-to-school organization tips! Fill me in!