Back To School Hacks – Organization For Toddlers
With school season on the way, staying organized as a busy mom is crucial. Planning, prepping, lunches and new routines all get jumbled about during this season (here’s some tips on stress free mornings). Which is why back to school hacks help you stay a bit more sane!
Use thee back to school tips for organization and make this years transition a little more stress free.
While some people love September and the kids heading back into routine, others dread the sheer craziness of getting out the door in the mornings with kids.
Between breakfast, after school snacks, bath time and clothes, the mama job becomes more chaotic than ever. You end up feeling drained and more than a little burnt out just thinking about the back to school routine!
The Back To School Hacks You NEED
But what if I told you that it was possible to reduce the day to day chaos? GASP!
In truth, what you need when it comes to back to school hacks is… organization!
Outlining a plan and staying organized will make the transition a little bit easier. A healthy back to school routine should be organized around:
- School bag packing
- Fast dinners
- General routines
Having a game plan and routines for the above points helps make your day to day a little more simple and stress free.
While most people dread coming back to reality, I personally don’t hate it the back to school season (though I do miss the summer sun and the laidback feeling it comes with!).
I am an routine person by nature and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that staying organized keeps you sane.
So, save yourself the insanity this year, plan in advance and rock some of these back to school hacks to stay organized and make the routine just a little smoother!
Back To School Hacks -Make Ahead Breakfast
One of the biggest causes of eye twitches in my opinion is getting the kids fed, dressed and out the door in a non-crazy time frame (surely ninety minutes is plenty!).
But sometimes you just have those days. While I actually do attempt to cook a full breakfast in the morning (normally something simple like an omelet and fruit) some days it just won’t happen.
Which is why this is the best of the back to school hacks: make ahead breakfasts.
We rock these recipes a couple of times each week. And while chia pudding and overnight oats take some time the night before (about four minutes) there is always, ALWAYS a stash of pancakes and muffins in the freezer.
A healthy breakfast is HUGE to me so grabbing regular cereal or a poptart isn’t an option. Make up big batches and store stuff in the freezer or make them for the next couple of days. Then you have something super speedy to rely on and you know it’s healthy.
Back To School Hacks For Activities
Extra curricular activities for kids are amazing- but it can make life a bit insane. My issue with activities is for team sports there’s practices + games and it can add up to running around 2-3 times per week per kid.
Thankfully, all our daughter’s activities right now are just one day. So, both her and her sister get one activity (gymnastics for baby bear and swimming for the cub). If we can swing these things on the same day and time- awesome, perhaps we’d add more.
Back to school tip: each toddler is allowed one activity and then we do one as a family throughout the week.
This spaces out the busy days but it also allows lots of time for homework and catch ups.
But be smart with your schedule. Having something every single day of the week is a fast way to burn out. Start small and if you find it feasible add more.
Dinner is another reason moms hate the routine craziness. Between working full time and kid’s activities dinner should just magically appear on the table, right?
So when it comes to back to school hacks for organization- simplicity is key. Either be on top of your prep, choose fast meals or learn to truly embrace the Buddha Bowl (which is what I rely on!)
Throughout August I do a bit more meal prep and begin to stock my freezer with meals I can just defrost.
From there, I rely on meals that can be cooked in under thirty minutes (like the recipes in my busy mom’s cookbook). Simple is best on this front and I am all about simple and easy.
Pick two days in the week to cook off grains (rice/quinoa) and protein (chicken/beef) and you are good to go!
If you need some inspiration, here’s a thirty day dinner meal plan I follow when I want to stop thinking. No guesswork, just simple, everyday meals made quickly.
Backpacks Into The Car The Night Before
When it comes to back to school hacks this one is huge to me because I despise scrambling in the morning. So, all backpacks, homework, blankets, handsanitizer (the diy kind of course!) etc. need to be packed and placed into the van before bedtime.
This saves you forgetting a zillion things in the morning. Or, to be honest, not being able to freaking find them and spending thirty minutes searching.
All homework, indoor shoes and any other random thing for a school feature day gets put in the car at bedtime.
Emergency Car Bag
In the wintertime life gets even more hectic with the amount of gear needed to get out of the house! Keep an emergency bag in the car at all times.
I personally keep extra hats, mittens, indoor shoes, extra pants, sweaters, wipes, diapers and whatever else I can cram in.
This way, if you leave the house without something, it’s probably not the end of the world.
Even outside of the winter though, extra clothes are always a good idea!
Get Up Five Minutes Earlier
Yes, I know, everyone despises hearing this when it comes to back to school tips #sorrynotsorry
But, if you get up just five minutes earlier, you have time to pee, pour coffee and get dressed before the chaos begins. It’s well worth it!
I can’t believe I’m the mom who does this but: be a crazy about sleep! Seriously.
Tired kids make crabby kids and crabby kids make shit mornings.
Set a sleep routine and stick to bedtimes. I have no issues with my girls being up later on weekends but there’s a reason I am such a crazy during the week. Dragging a toddle rout of bed and then trying to get them to do anything quickly is impossible.
For my house, our ideal routine goes something like: Dinner, watch a show/activity/outside, bath time (which is really just water playing haha), bedtime snack with books/activities, teeth brushing at 7:30pm, pajamas more books and snuggles and bed at 8pm.
When we rock this, my girls get up naturally at 6:15 or 6:30pm and this works for our schedule.
If you can, enforce a sleep schedule. It makes mornings far less intense.
Packing Lunches & Prepping After School Snacks
Remember that when it comes to lunches, kids don’t need full meals (like chicken stir-fry). Most kids (especially younger ones) like random snack foods. I personally go with a combo of the following:
- Veggies & Hummus
- Sunbutter on rice cakes
- Nutbutter & hemp heart wrap rollups
- Black bean dip
- Roasted chickpeas
Remember, simple is always best! Grab a Bento Box and fill it up (if you need more clean & nontoxic lunchbox ideas check out my favorites here!)
Note: these lunch boxes can also be found at well.ca
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Remember, getting back into a routine is never easy. Give yourself a few weeks of adjustment and tweak where necessary. The day to day stuff takes time but with a little planning and and these back to school hacks, your schedule can be a little less chaotic.
But let’s be honest, we’re moms, so there’s always going to be a little chaos!