School is back in session and so is the morning hustle! Getting the kids up and ready can be hard enough so we are all for ways to make the days run smoothly. That is why we are sharing back to school tips and hacks to make your daily routine easier for everyone.
Let’s not forget about our amazing teachers who are the true superstars at the end of every day (seriously though). I love getting to know my children’s teachers and this teacher’s favorites things printable we’ve created makes it that much easier!
Wake Up First
I know this is hard, but it is so worth it. I wake up at 5 am to shower, get myself ready, and have a cup of coffee before my kids wake up at 6 am. Even if you can wake up and at least have 1 cup of coffee, it’s worth it. But if you need to get yourself ready in addition to your kids then waking up at least an hour before may work best.
We plan out breakfasts for the entire week. That way there is no guessing when it comes time to get our kids a nice breakfast before sending them off to school.
This mickey mouse waffle maker has been a lifesaver. Each Sunday I cook a big batch of waffles and store them in the freezer. Just pull them out and pop them in the microwave or toaster oven and breakfast is ready to go!
Pack lunches and waters the night before. We love the yumbox which is a leakproof bento-style lunch box. Pack it up the night before and store in the fridge until it’s time to go in the morning. Don’t forget to fill up the reusable water bottle and keep in the fridge the night before as well.
These sandwiches cutters are so fun and make eating a pb&J or a salami sandwich that much more exciting. Since we are prepping lunches the night before it only takes a couple of seconds!
On Sundays, I prep snacks for school, pick up and after school for the entire week. Again, it just makes the entire day run smoother and then there is less guessing.
Place in a ziplock and each night replace the snack in the backpack.
Pick up Snacks
I also prep after school snacks to bring with me at pick-up. These kids haven’t eaten since noon and have played/learned all day, they are hangry. You will thank me later for this back to school tip.
After School Snacks
Then once we are home if they want an additional snack they can choose one from the designated snack big in the fridge.
Organizing a spot dedicated to homework is key to being efficient after school/evenings. You don’t want to have everything spread out in different rooms so choose a place to store all items they will need and keep it organized and easy to access.
A family calendar comes in handy if your kids are also involved in activities and sports! Having a family calendar can help ensure no last minutes surprises and allows you to plan and prep ahead
It may seem like a no brainer but picking out your kids outfits the night before (or even for the entire week on Sundays) can be a huge time saver in the mornings. When you grab their pajamas just pick out tomorrow’s outfit including shoes and set them in a designated spot.
I choose to set them on my kitchen counter because that is where we tend to get dressed most days, but older kids may have a spot in their room for this! While your thinking about it, pick out your outfit too!
Make time for playtime, downtime, family time. Between school, homework, sports, and activities families are on the go a lot, but there is a lot of benefit from just having some time spent together as a family!
What other back to school tips or hacks would you add?
Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.
She serves on the hospital board for Northern Nevada Health Systems and is passionate about her community.
Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, traveling, working out, coffee, and dessert!