Taste of My Own Medicine: Top 10 Things to Get Ready for School

Here’s the truth: The first day of school has come and gone and I did nothing to prepare for it. In past years, I’ve taken my kids school-supply or shoe shopping before the first day. I've gotten them haircuts. I’ve been on the school websites and carefully marked out the holiday schedule on my personal calendar. I’ve teed up emails about carpooling to neighbors. I’ve created a Google calendar of all possible combinations of activities that three kids could possibly ever want to do after school. All while running my business and managing details for my own clients. This year? NONE OF THAT. And in truth, I’m paying for it.

So, this is the season for this professional organizer to do just that…get organized for the school year. And below I share my Top 10 Back to School Task Checklist - even after school has started.

Taste of My Own Medicine: Top 10 Things to Get Ready for School - Google Calendar new calendar screen with "Kids Activities" filled in

1. Create a Google Calendar with kids' activities. Next, choose one activity per kid and cancel that it. You’ll thank yourself later.

Taste of My Own Medicine: Top 10 Things to Get Ready for School - UrbanSitter.com login page

2. Look into urbansitter.com for help with driving kids to said activities (or post a job description at your local college).

Taste of My Own Medicine: Top 10 Things to Get Ready for School - Google calendar with school holidays and early-dismissal days noted

3. Add all critical school holidays and early-dismissal days to calendar.

Taste of My Own Medicine: Top 10 Things to Get Ready for School - Donate today! banner

4. Make donations to the school's annual fund and be done with it.

Taste of My Own Medicine: Top 10 Things to Get Ready for School - Carpools Only Sign

5. Look for neighbors and friends in the same activities to create carpools.

Taste of My Own Medicine: Top 10 Things to Get Ready for School - Couple outdoors smiling and laughing, leaning on each other

6. Schedule date nights with your significant other.

Taste of My Own Medicine: Top 10 Things to Get Ready for School - Group of four people gathered around a small round black table, only hands visible as they're about to eat from various plates of burgers, fries, and sandwiches

7. Schedule monthly “Supper Club” and invite friends to dinner.

Taste of My Own Medicine: Top 10 Things to Get Ready for School - Evernote notebook called "2015 Kids Stories & Quotes"

8. Start a Photos and Funny Quotes Notebook in Evernote to track all the funny things that happen this year.

Taste of My Own Medicine: Top 10 Things to Get Ready for School - Clean dry-erase whiteboard with four large colorful markers and an eraser stored off to the left side on a bright yellow background

9. Clear off the white board or bulletin board in each kid's room to make room for the new school reference materials.

Taste of My Own Medicine: Top 10 Things to Get Ready for School - Organized home command center with acrylic dry-erase calendar, metal file organizers with folders inside, and a basket for dry-erase markers

Clean out your Home Command Center, too.

Taste of My Own Medicine: Top 10 Things to Get Ready for School - Plastic stacking file organizers with labels

10. Clean out the previous year’s kids' folders and school folders in your file cabinet.

What else is on your back to school checklist? Let us know!

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