Ready. Set. Go

It’s Back-to-School time.

Are you ready? Are you + yours set up for success?

It’s always a good idea to think ahead to get properly prepared for the new school schedule and activities.  We all get the long lists of back-to-school supplies, but in addition to getting their backpacks filled with everything they need, here are a few suggestions to get a little more organized and have some fun in the process.

For those of you with preschoolers + young ones, do yourself a favor and head to an art/craft store to purchase a large portfolio or make your own like the one below (your little ones can help decorate).  Portfolios are perfect for stowing all their artwork + memorable school work. Plus you won’t have all those piles of paper stacking up on your kitchen table.

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For those with older school-age kiddos, you can plan ahead by setting up a homework station before school begins. Get them involved in putting together a work area at their desks in their rooms … or wherever the after-school work and organization happens.

desk           round table

I like both of these portable ideas.  A tray or caddy contains all of the essentials needed for after-school work. Be sure to include extra lined paper, plain paper, pencils, pencil sharpener, markers, index cards, glue sticks, scissors, rulers… try to remember all those essentials you ran around the house looking for last year. Having a portable station is a perfect solution to keep all the resources contained in one spot, and you get the added bonus of being able to move it to wherever the homework is happening.

 

caddy2              caddy1

(Check out these great caddy ideas from Lemons, Lavender and Laundry and The House of Smiths)

 

In addition to the portfolio + portable homework station ideas, I scouted more back-to-school DIY inspiration for you. There are so many great ways to get your kids excited for the new school year and prepared – all at the same time.  I love these simple ideas for personalizing pencil pouches + notebooks.  Your kids will love the chance to create their own personalized graphic notebook …(or many different ones, maybe a different color theme for each subject).  They are both fun DIY projects for all ages.

 

pencil pouch              notebook      notebook2

 

Sharpies + shapes = instant colorful coolness to a pencil pouch.  Or, create a graphic statement on notebooks by using tape and paints…or, use magazines + glue to create a collage cover for a notebook. Click on the links for the DIY how-to. Whatever way you choose to prepare for the new school year ahead, here’s wishing you great success + some creative fun along the way!