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It’s hard to believe that we’re nearly a month into our new normal. Ari, almost 6-year old, began kindergarten in the middle of August. Prior to his start, I saw memes all over Facebook about how excited parents were for the back-to-school season to start. But frankly, I was terrified. Don’t get me wrong — I was excited for him to begin this new stage of life, but I was also anxious about adding yet another transition period to our crazy life with a newborn. I certainly expected our days to be easier with one less child at home, but days with a newborn and 2-year-old are never easy.
I realized quickly that adjustments to my routine needed to occur. I needed to maximize my time by sticking to a solid schedule and doing lots of prep work.
Here’s what has kept us on track with our back-to-school transition:
1. Planning out our time with a clear, well-visible, family calendar.
I started using a big wall calendar over the Summer in an effort to plan out our month. Each type of activity and commitment has a different color so I can check our schedule at a quick glance. Meetings, athletics, and parties all go on the calendar. I’ve stuck to this for the first month of school as well. Sure, digital calendars are great, but sometimes I want to see everything displayed for all of us.
2. Prioritizing our time.
The major way I maximize my time spent preparing for each school day is by shopping at Big Lots. Big Lots has literally everything I need to help make our week run as smoothly as possible.
I’ll admit that the last couple of years I have been less organized than I’d prefer. I just really don’t have the luxury of being disorganized any longer. There are important school papers that I need to have on-hand and other documents for PTA, Girls on the Run, and work. It’s just a lot.
Honestly, staying organized has reduced my stress levels, which automatically makes things easier for everyone in my family. I’m no longer searching for ‘lost’ items when we should be leaving for school.
As long as we stick to our schedule, stay organized, and keep shopping at Big Lots for all of our needs, I think we’ll all succeed this school year!
What’s your favorite way to shop at Big Lots for back-to-school?