Ahh! Is anyone else struggling to believe that it’s already time to start back to school preparing?One of my self care goals for 2022 was to be more present and in the moment, but honestly time has flown. Where did the summer go? This post will be a nice, light, gentle post, a sharp contrast to my post last time, where I got real, raw, and authentic. (You can read it here – I’m Telling My Story) Today I’m sharing all my best back-to-school tips, tricks, and things you need to know before September whizzes on by. (Just reminding you that Thoughts with N is an affiliate for Etsy and Amazon. I try very hard to bring awareness and customers to amazing small shops! So by making a purchase through my small blog, you’re also supporting an incredible small business! Thank you for your continued, ongoing support.)
Natasha’s Ultimate Back To School Guide
Before diving into the ins and outs of back to school, I want to mention a few things. I always do a deep clean, declutter, and reorganize before September arrives. And, lucky for you, I’m not going to leave you hanging. I’ve written a ton of posts about this stuff!
I don’t know about you, but my front door is an invitation for clutter, toy cars, 345 hoodies, and so much more. I feel like I’m always saying, “put your shoes away,” “this isn’t where your school bag belongs,” “please clean up your toys,” and more. I like to do a major declutter before it’s back to school. Tidy up the shoes, the hooks, cubbies, jackets, etc. I have a rug at my front door, so I do a good vacuum and carpet cleaning, too, so it smells nice and fresh. I typically wipe down the door and window and sweep outside my door at this time too. It’s a good time to disinfect the door handles, light switch, and railing as well. If you’re looking to spruce it up a bit, you could add a wonderful wreath, beautiful decorations, or some seasonal plants outside your front door.
If you don’t already have an organization system for jackets and shoes, then it might be a good time now to create one. I use a cubby-style shelf, and each of my kids has a cubby. In their cubby, they can put their shoes, helmet, hats, jackets, and other things they will need to leave the house.
All stairs are clutter collectors; I’m pretty sure of it. Dust off your stairs, even the corners. You’ll be surprised about how much larger the space feels after your stairs are clutter-free.
Yes, there are things I do in my kitchen to make sure we’re ready for back to school. And this year, I have 3 going back to school, which is a first for me. I like to give my refrigerator a good clean, if I’m feeling ambitious even pull it out and dust in behind, and clean the crisper drawers and the shelves on the door. I organized the cupboards and get all the lunch containers organized. I make sure that I have enough lids to the containers too. It’s a perfect time at this point to give the cupboards a little wipe down, too seems as if you’re already there.
I like stocking up on lunch snacks before school begins. These are some of our favorites:
In my living room, I like to do a good dusting. For organization, I use cubby shelves and bins to hide clutter. We will be shopping for a new couch soon, so I’ll share that when we decide on one. I like my living room being cozy, calm, and soothing. After we move, I will be redecorating and working towards creating that ambiance throughout our entire living space. Here are a few sofas that I love!