Tips For Getting Yourself Prepared For The Upcoming School Year.

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Has your summer been like mine has! As a SAHM of four, I sort of let my home go, and that’s a understatement.

I didn’t purposely neglect it, with 4 kids ages 2 – 19 under my feet constantly, it was nearly impossible!

My kids go back to school in less then a week, and my almost three year old is starting preschool for the very first time (insert the tears and struggle it will bring).

He is attached to my hip, but this mama just needs a timeout.

I have a schedule and list for everything, but as a ADHD and Anxiety filled mom, I have a very hard time in that department, even though I am a avid planner girl.

I have many Planners, notebooks , and planner accessories. Enough to fill a stationary store, no lie. And a list for everything and anything, but I still struggle in the organization department….. unfortunately!

I have an entry way area that is just a catch all right now. There’s baseball equipment , coats and boots from the winter (don’t judge) , shoes, baseball cleats, baseball equipment and even a baseball cup. Yep, gross!

I plan on making an IKEA trip and adding a long desktop, along with a Alex cart in the middle, and two desk chairs on either sides.

As well as a desk lamp, some organizational bins for school supplies inside the Alex drawers, Along with a large cork board for routines, papers for school, chores and so on. I will make a blog post on that project after it’s complete:)

My mom was always so organized and still is. Her house is always immaculate. I wasn’t gifted in that department unfortunately! My brothers and I were spaced a lot farther apart then mine. Maybe that has something to do with the missing organization piece, I’ll just keep telling myself that.

I let my home go, big time. I try so hard to keep up but with my 3 youngest 3, 7 and 10 it’s completely impossible, the 19 year old is even worse then her younger brothers .

Did I mention my 2 year old loves to take lightbulbs out of the lamps just to break them , dump everything that creates a stain on the rugs and absolutely loves to drawl on the walls and flooring. Fun right. 😳

I clean and clean and clean some more , turn around and have my house ransacked a couple hours later. The struggle is real! I’m sure you know the feeling !

But the tasks I am about to list, these are the tasks I struggle with. These are the tasks that break my sanity if they are not done. That’s why I had to change something in order to function this up come School Year.

1. I decided to take advantage of my Bullet Journal this time to document everything I need to get done by the start of school.

  • Cleaning Lists
  • Organization List
  • Lunch Ideas
  • School Supplies my 3 boys need
  • Routines for myself
  • Routines for the kids
  • Chores for the kids

2. Getting all my wash folded and put away. Last year was a disaster to say the least. I am not sure how many school days my boys went commando or we were running late, well not running we were late. I vow to not do this again this year. They were late so much, I felt like the hot mess mom walking my boys in yet again !!!!! LATE.

3. I headed to Bed Bath & Beyond and purchased a XOXO Good Grips tub scrubber with extension pole and some bathroom cleaner! Also, I purchased some disposable microfiber cloths and a 8 new bath towels and wash clothes.

I don’t know what it is, but buying new cleaning items makes me want to clean!

PS…. My bathrooms were filthy!

My 7 year old ( he is my old soul) was so excited to get new bath towels and washcloths.

Now my 10 year old could care less. But it does feel good to have a nice clean bathroom, for a day that is.

4. And the task I dread the most…. The Dishes!! I have been doing the dishes daily along with wiping down the counters. It makes a tremendous difference with my stress levels.

But this year I am sticking to getting up early. I’m a night owl so 7am will have to do. I want to be able to get myself together and caffeinated. I don’t know about you but it takes me a good half hour to fully wake up.

Also getting my boys up earlier , hopefully this will lead to a less stressful morning. My kids don’t do well when they are rushed, they tend to act out even more.

They are also going to have daily routines along with chores. Another department we need to work on is bedtime. They need to go to bed at a decent time, that’s always been a struggle in my house.

I will like to document my progress with you all weekly and let you know how it’s going!

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On To You,

What are you doing to get ready for the new school year? I would love to hear any ideas you may have in the comments below.

❤️ Jackie

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