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It’s That Time Again! Preparing for the New School Year

The lazy days of summer are nearly over.

Getting back into the school year swing of things can be as hard for you as it is for the kids.

Here are some handy tips to help you start the year off prepared and organized!

Try on last year’s duds

Go through your children’s wardrobes with them to determine what essentials fit and what will need to be replaced.

Have a bin nearby for things that don’t fit to donate or hand down.

During this process, take the time to organize everyone’s closets, too.

If space allows, designate a spot for your children to put their school clothes for the next day, including socks and underwear, to make the mornings go smoother.

The dreaded paperwork

Each new school year comes with loads of forms to fill out. Get a jump on it and have it completed before school starts so you’re not the parent getting the “Missing Paperwork” email from the school secretary.

Stock up on school supplies

Each classroom usually has their own specific supply list that you can get from your school’s website.

It’s a good idea to buy extras of items like pencils, pens, glue sticks, folders, and erasers to keep in a special spot at home for restocking midway through the year.

What’s for lunch?

Check the condition of your children’s lunch boxes and replace if necessary.

It’s also a good idea to have an idea of what your kids will want to pack so that you can be sure to have a supply ready beforehand.

As the beginning of the school year nears, you should be able to find a printable version of their lunch calendar to keep on your fridge for your lunch-buyers.

Update the calendar

Sports and other activities kick into high gear when school starts. Take a few minutes to sit down with your calendar and add all the new schedules.

You’ll be glad it’s already done when you’re in the midst of the craziness!

Create a paper storage system

Kids come home with endless amounts of papers.

Decide where you’ll keep the things that require action, as well as where you’ll store those A+ papers and the art class self-portraits.

Don’t forget the car

Wondering why your vehicle is included on a list of ways to prepare for school?

If you’re like most families with kids, you can often feel like you’re doing double-duty as a taxi driver.

Your car needs to be in tip-top shape to handle the rigors of running kids to school, sports practices, play dates, and everywhere in between.

Before the school year starts, have your mechanic give your vehicle the once over, checking the oil, tires, belts and hoses, and the battery.

Another good reason to get your vehicle checked out before school starts is for your teen driver!

No kid wants to be stranded in their school parking lot with car trouble!

If you follow these tips, you’re setting yourself up for a wonderfully organized start to the school year!

Give us a call at Conrad’s for that tune-up! We want to help you get where you’re going!