It’s time to break out the lunch boxes, and get ready to send the kids back to school. Summer was a blast, but now it’s time to get organized, as the first day back to class is just around the corner. One of the best ways to prepare for sending kids back to school is to get all of their needed school supplies organized at home before school starts.
With young children, they outgrow their shoes and clothing at a fast rate. A couple of weeks before school begins, it’s a good idea to go through their closets and dresser drawers, removing clothing that has become too small for them to wear in the upcoming season. These articles should be organized and packed away. Once packed, label the boxes with the child’s name and the clothing or shoe sizes. This way, you’ll know what’s in the boxes when you go looking for them later. Clothing can be saved to pass onto a younger sibling or family member, or can be donated to a local charity, if you no longer need them.
Make a Shopping List
If you need to buy new clothing, shoes or accessories for your child before school starts, make a list of what is needed. It’s also best to plan out which stores you want to go to if you’ll be shopping in store, and to take the child shopping with you, so you can have them try clothing on before purchasing.
With many parents being so busy these days, it can be hard to find the time to plan a shopping trip. Shopping online is convenient, and many online stores offer simple returns (online or in-store). You may be skeptical about online shopping, but the process is an easy one, and can save you time and money. If you want to have your child’s opinion about the clothes you’ll be buying for them, have them sit at the computer with you while you browse clothing online, and make notes of their favorite items. Include a few of their favorites with some of your own, and then everyone will be happy.
Choose Layers for Seasonal Transitions
When shopping for back to school clothing, the weather could still be quite warm, or may be close to cooling off for the fall season. Select pieces that can easily be layered, and keep your child comfortable throughout the day as the temperatures change.
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For boys, a nice ensemble might consist of a pair of shorts, a button-up shirt, pullover sweater, and a puffy vest. Add a casual pair of boat shoes to complete the look. Other ideas include flat front pants with polo shirts, or even shorts with rugby shirts. These outfits are easy to mix and match throughout the year.
For girls, it’s natural to want to dress them up, but it’s a good idea to stick with clothing that they will be comfortable in during the day. Save the dressing up for special occasions, and go with casual pairings, like leggings and tops or tunics, cardigan sweaters with blouses and skirts, or pants with tops or sweaters. A casual shoe style like a Mary Jane will go with just about any ensemble, and will be durable for the classroom and the playground.
Organize New Clothing
Once you have the new clothing and accessories in your child’s room, be sure to organize it. Hang shirts, pants and skirts or dresses, and store other items that can be folded in dresser drawers or labeled bins (for younger children). Organize shoes, socks, and accessories like hair bows or headbands.
Lay Them out the Night Before
Lay out outfits the night before they are to be worn. This way, the morning will go seamlessly before you have to leave the house to head to school. There won’t be any whining about outfits if you involve your child in helping to pick them out the night before. A happy and easy start to the day will be better for everyone!