Y'all, it's here...back to school. I love, love love summer and can't get enough of the pools, swimming holes and spontaneous plans that just happen more often when it's sunny until 9 pm and everyone is more relaxed with their schedules. That said, if we have had a great summer (we have!) and done it right, I'm almost always ready for the shift back to a routine, not to mention having a car that isn't constantly functioning as a traveling locker room. Does anyone else feel me on this? Can't stress the locker room on wheels thing enough.
This year feels especially back to school-y since our daughter starts real school for the first time...kindergarten in less than 2 weeks. Insert all the cliches about it's not at all possible for 5 years to have passed since she was born. It's not.
Now I may be a newbie when it comes to navigating the halls of kindergarten but I certainly know my way around getting organized for the coming school year and setting up zones around the house so all of the stuff that comes with back to school and the general transition to fall can stay maintained and accessible.
Step 1...the fun part...figure out your backpack/lunchbox/school supply plan. This means taking those supplies from years past and laying them out for a real look-see. Not planning to use them again? Fine, then gather together in a bag and take to your nearest Goodwill so another family can reap the benefits. Pro tip - you aren't allowed to purchase the new stuff until the oldies have been accounted for and assessed.
Step 2...figure out and make a strategy for your entry plan. What's an entry plan? Think about where you enter your house (front door? mudroom via garage? kitchen?) and how do you want to deposit all the stuff once you walk through your door. This is key...are you...
The exposed but organized landing pad type (see A)
The want it easily accessible but all tucked away candidate (see B).