So, onto today's prep! Every July, I like to take stock of what is in everyone's closets. I recently reorganized mine from colors to types of clothing. This really helped me to see that I really don't need another black cardigan or another white tank! It will also make outfit planning a lot easier now that I can reach for items by category instead of color.
After sorting through the closets, I make a master list of everything we need for the next school year so I don't get sidetracked in the stores. I didn't always do this, but I'm so glad that I did this year. We really didn't need much other than shoes, jeans, backpacks, and lunchboxes. If you're in the market for more tees for yourself or the kids, Target is running a great sale on tops, plus they're doing their kids' BOGO shoe sale! I can't justify any more clothing purchases in our house, so you go shop and report back to me on your findings! :)
Speaking of lists, a few weeks ago, I went through my Pinterest boards, including my Try It Thursday recipe board, and I started planning out dinners for the next 15 weeks. Yes, that sounds/IS crazy, but having a game plan that I can change if needed works wonders on my sanity when it's time to write out the grocery list. Plus, it'll keep us trying new things, and I won't have to worry about getting stuck in a rut.
So, speaking of meals, I love the kid lunch ideas that Jenna from Tractors and Glam shared a few weeks back. One of the ladies commented on Jenna's post that she uses THESE for her kids' lunchboxes, so after measuring our lunchboxes to ensure they would fit, we ordered a pack to make lunch prep a thousand times easier come September.
If you have a young elementary student like me, then you may want to have your kids practice with his/her new lunch gear. With these new boxes, I want to make sure the kids are able to open them without assistance and open up any drinks or packages independently. When Trip was little, we also worked on finishing lunch within the time period since he was a pretty slow eater prior to kinder. I took advantage of a Target deal a few weeks back and ordered THIS lunch kit for Ari, THIS one for Trip, and THIS one for me.
Probably one of the hardest parts of prepping to go back to school is getting back into habits and routines. We're about 3 weeks out until the first day of school, so I'm doing my best to try to get back into bedtime habits, workout habits, and eating habits. I'm getting back to my New Year's resolution of reading each day, and I'm working on making this a habit that sticks.
Are you prepared to send the kids (or yourself!) back to school? Tell me your best tips in the comments below!
Link up with me tomorrow to share your favorite recipe of the week! You know I love to have a bunch of ideas to fill in my meal plan! See you soon!
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