Ah, back-to-school shopping. Those were the days — folders and pencils plastered with whatever cartoon was popular that year, begging your mom for the shoes that everyone would be wearing and choosing the backpack that would coordinate perfectly with your first-day outfit.
Even though a lot has changed, one thing has remained the same, the longer you wait, the slimmer the pickings will be. Lucky for you, you’re a few steps ahead of the curb if you’re already reading a blog on how to get organized for back to school. Stick around while we list out a few back-to-school basics.
Get a List of Needed Supplies From the School
If you’re getting organized for a public grade school, the teacher probably has a list of items needed for the class. Things like kleenexes, printer paper, notebooks, folders, pens, and/or pencils.
Knowing what supplies you’ll need ahead of time is the first step in having an organized school year. Having exactly what the teacher asked for is the best way to start off on the right foot. They know best what you’ll need to be organized in their class.
Choose a Backpack That Will Best Fit Your School Supplies
Having the right backpack can make or break the organization of your entire school year. Something too small can lead to crumpled papers in the bottom and books or folders left behind in the locker. A backpack that’s too big can lead to losing everything that goes inside in a bottomless pit of a backpack.
Things to consider when choosing a backpack:
- Do you need a laptop sleeve or pocket in your backpack?
- Do the backpack pockets hold your pencils or pens in an easy-to-reach location?
- If you’re getting a binder, will it fit in the backpack?
- Do you need space for gym clothes?
Deep Clean Your Room
Starting the school year with a clean space at home will help you go into the year with a clear head. Get all of your laundry washed, make sure any books or papers from the year before are properly put away, and do a bit of dusting and vacuuming ahead of time.
A clean room will help you get better sleep leading up to the new school year and will give you something to look forward to coming home to.
Update Your Back-to-School Wardrobe
Nothing makes you feel ready to take on a new school year like a closet refresh.
Start with the essentials like a new pair of shoes. It’s important to choose shoes that are comfortable, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Be sure to get new shoes at least a week or two before school starts so you can try them on and break them in before taking them to the halls.
Consider stocking up on a few pairs of pants, new T-shirts, socks, and an outer layer like a jacket or hoodie that can easily fit inside your locker once you’re inside. Make sure that you can visualize a few different outfits that you know you’ll be able to wear throughout your week.
Make It a Great Year
Getting prepared for school now will help you start the year off on the right foot. Getting supplies, backpacks, and clothing early, plus deep cleaning your room before the first day, will leave you feeling less stressed about heading to class.
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