Prep for Back to School with These 5 Tips
If you believe it'll work out, you'll see opportunities. If you don't believe it'll work out, you'll see obstacles.
- Wayne Dyer
5 Tips to Master Back-to-School
Just as the last day of school marked the beginning of summer, the first day of school marks the close. Whether you're excited to start the next school year or sad to say goodbye to the carefree days of summer, here are five tips to master back-to-school.
End of summer celebration
Take time to notice the good stuff in life. It can be anything that feels like a celebration to you - one last trip to your favorite beach or hiking trail, a pool party, an afternoon ice cream cone at the local shop, a road trip, or stargazing on a balmy night. Make time for everyone to share their favorite memories from summer.
Get the whole family involved with a kickoff meeting. It will give you and your kids a chance to set expectations, define responsibilities, address worries and challenges, go over what to expect, and work out a schedule and a system. Give your kids a chance to shine too, get their ideas for chores, lunches, and routines, this could be the best school year yet!
Back to bedtimes
Two weeks before school starts, start getting back to bedtime. It's much easier to get to sleep a little earlier each night, easing back into the normal routine, than to try to change it overnight. And this isn't just for the little ones - teenagers and grown-ups need sleep too.
Set up study areas
It could be a desk, a nook, a quiet chair, or the kitchen table. Make a dedicated spot with easy access to supplies, limited distractions, and always ready to sit down and study. Having this space defined helps kids establish the routine, “when I sit here, I study,” which helps them focus, and helps you keep everyone on track.
School administrative setup
Save yourself a ton of stress by taking an hour or so to collect all the information you have for the upcoming year. Print a copy of their schedule, add their teachers' email addresses and phone numbers to your address book, add the school calendar to your calendar, and gather information about sports, clubs, or organizations you or your child might be interested in. A little time up front will have you feeling on top of things all year.
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End of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist
Ahhh summertime. Cookouts, nature hikes, pool games, outdoor markets, parades, concerts, and home maintenance. If you've been filling up your schedule with summertime fun, don't sweat, there's still time to make sure your house stays in tip-top shape. Use this simple checklist to round out your summer to-do list and ensure your home is running smoothly year-round.
- Service the washer and dryer. Check supply hoses, clean the appliances, remove lint from the dryer and the dryer vents.
- Check water softener. Refill salt if necessary and check for leaks.
- Flush the water heater and ensure it's in good condition.
- Schedule your furnace tune-up and inspection, and change HVAC air filters.
- Clean the kitchen exhaust fan and filter.
- Clean refrigerator and freezer coils, empty and clean drip trays, and ensure they are in good working order.
- Clean the oven and any other appliances.
- Look for cracks and openings around the house, foundation, windows, and doors. Seal up any openings with outdoor caulk.
- Check that gutters are in good repair and clean out if necessary.
- Clean outdoor lights and replace any burned-out bulbs.
- Scrub decks or patios, repair and reseal if needed.
- Inspect fences and gates, make any necessary repairs.
- Inspect all doors, locks, and hinges. Oil hinges, service locks, check weather stripping and threshold plates.
- Inspect windows and screens. Make sure everything is working properly, mend holes in screens, and wash the windows inside and out.
- Check the plumbing. Look around sinks, dishwasher, washing machine, shower, and toilets for signs of water leaks. Look in and around cabinets too. Replace washers in faucets and showerheads if they drip or leak.
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