August is National Back to School Month, Here’s Your Guide for Back to School Prep

Whether it’s your first day of kindergarten or the beginning of your PHD, it’s that time of year again! If you’re going back to school, do so like a Champ! Here are some tips on how to handle all the challenges that the back-to-school season throws at you or your kids.

Organize at Home

When a student isn’t in the classroom, they spend a lot of time at home, which is why it is important to be organized here. Organization at home can be carried out in several ways.

Organize your Time:

Setting aside time for specific activities such as homework, television, sleep, and so on can help you figure out a schedule that works best for you. Homework can be broken down by subject or project, and you can even schedule snack breaks for yourself. It’s easier to make this schedule if you have a running to-do list or agenda for yourself.

Organize Your Workspace:

If your workspace is organized, you can be more productive and efficient. This means more leisure time after all the work is done. For tips on how to do this read Harvard Business Review’s article, “Organize Your Workspace for Maximum Productivity.” 

Organize Your Meals:

We all know that cooking and cleaning up after everything’s said and done can be timely and will take a significant portion of your time each day. Organizing what meals you are having on which day at the beginning of the week can help you better plan what to buy at the grocery store and schedule your time more efficiently. Some people even opt for doing meal prep for the entire week on Sunday or another day of their choosing. That way, you only have to do a few minutes of cooking each day since all the meals are already prepped. If you’re having trouble with meal prep, check out 100 Meal Prep Ideas.

Organize at the Store

Once everything is said and done at home, and you’ve organized the base of command, you can move in some new back-to-school supplies aka the best part about the back-to-school season: new stuff. Even if it’s on the back of your lunch napkin, organize a list of things you need before you hit the stores. Many schools send out a list of office supplies and books you will need, but it’s not the master list of everything you might need for school. New socks and underwear is just the beginning. If you need help making a list of things you need at the store before going back, check out these lists for inspiration:

The more you plan ahead, the better off you will be. So browse these lists, and go online to find the best deals at Staples, Target, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Kohls, etc before hitting the stores. You especially want to take advantage of The Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week for 2017. It starts Sunday, August 13 and ends Saturday, August 19. Qualifying apparel and footwear items $100 or less are exempt from the state sales tax. This year, the first $40 of a backpack or bookbag purchase is also tax-free, but other accessories are not included. Make sure to capitalize on this perk next week. Happy supply hunting!