New school clothes, new shoes, notebooks, pens and pencils: the back to school list can be an endless stream of supplies. But there is always something missing on that list, something that you forgot to do or check. Here are a few things to remember when getting your kids back to school after summer.
Before you run off to buy new things, check out what you already have, what can be used and/or fixed. Maybe you're storing notebooks and pencils somewhere or maybe those jeans with a hole on the knee can actually be fixed easily? Always use what you have before getting new stuff, it's nicer to your wallet, your schedule and the planet.
Are there clothes in the wardrobes that you know for a fact won't fit again, or that's broken enough for it to be beyond repair? Sort those items out and throw away or give to other kids or charity if they are still good enough to be worn. Cleaning out what's not gonna get used anymore creates space and gives you a good idea of what's missing in the wardrobes.
While you're inventoring and sorting, make sure to label everything with a marker. It's so easy for clothes, gloves and stuff to get lost or mixed up with others, marking them with your childs name makes it alot easier for it to find it's way back.
Your children are likely to wear their shoes all day. Walk in them, run in them and play in them. Therefore a pair of good shoes to take care of their feet and bodies are an absolute must. Keep them, their feet and your entrence fresh by putting a pair of Smellwell in them after school. They'll be as good as new for tomorrow.
Some things are grown out of super fast and some things tend to break more or less straight away, whatever you do. But some items are long lasting and doesn't have to be replaced if you invest. A good backpack for example. It can be worn year after year and it will be alot better for your childrens ergonomics. Think about what's worth investing in and what's not.
Shopping for school can be overwhelming. There are likely many stores to visit and different items to get. Making a plan for it makes it alot easier and less stressful. Write a proper shopping list and also write down where to get each item. Even if you're not planning on shopping online, you can scout on websites first.