School starts in just 3 weeks for many children here in Georgia. Can you believe it? Did you make your children some promises when school let out for the summer that have not been fulfilled? Even if school starts after Labor Day where you live, now’s the time to schedule these things to do before summer ends.
Here are 5 Things to Do Before Summer Ends
Be a tourist in your hometown. What are the local attractions, historical sights, museums, recreation centers in your hometown? Have you visited all of them? In these last few weeks of summer schedule time to visit one or more of them. Then when you have out of town visitors you can honestly point them to one or more of these attractions.
Finish Summer Homework
If you have children, there may also be some school requirements to complete before summer ends and they go back to school.
Even if they had no summer homework, it’s a good idea to review math facts with your children. Get some flash cards and review the addition and subtraction facts and if they are old enough, the multiplication tables.
Does your child’s school offer a foreign language? Would you like to learn it, too? Help them brush up on the vocabulary. Download an app like Babbel or the Rossetta Stone and learn along with your children. You can have a little fun with this and decide to speak that language in the morning or at dinner.
Back to School Shopping
Take advantage of the sales that are going on now and buy your back-to-school supplies but before you head to the stores, shop from your home.
Take an inventory of the things you already have. You may be surprised to find that you have plenty of markers, a calculator, and that the binders are in good enough condition to use again this year.
Check the backpacks to see if they are also in good enough condition to use again this school year. If they are, give them a good cleaning. If they are not, toss them. You may have cleaned them when the children brought them home for the summer but it’s a good idea to give them another cleaning.
What about the lunch boxes? Check out the food holders at The Container Store. They have wonderful, divided containers and reusable bags for sandwiches, chips, or any other food your child may want to take to school.
Back to School Routines
Before summer ends ease your children back into their bedtime and wake time routines. Summer may have been a wonderful, relaxed time with everyone sleeping in and staying up late from time to time. With school days on the horizon, it’s time to return to a schedule.
If your children take the bus to school, find out what time the bus is scheduled to arrive at your stop. Figure out how long it takes to get to the bus stop from your house to find out what time your children need to leave the house.
Do you drive your children to school?
Then, think about their morning routine. Is it easy for them to wake up, get washed, get dressed, and have breakfast? Do they need a little extra time in the morning? You know best.
Once you know what time your children must be up in the morning, you can figure out what time they need to start their evening routine and have lights out, so they get enough sleep.
Ease your children into their back-to-school routine by starting their evening routine earlier and earlier over the course of a couple of weeks.
Also, wake them up a little earlier each day.
Changing their bedtime and wake times in small increments will be easier for your children and for you. No one likes big changes. Small changes over a period of time are much easier to swallow.
Finish a Project
Did you start a project at the beginning of summer telling yourself that you wanted to finish it before summer ends?
Now is the time.
Assess what you need to do to complete this project.
Are there any supplies to purchase?
Maybe you must hire a little help?
Once you have figured out the remaining steps to take, schedule time to execute the steps in your calendar before summer ends. Be sure to honor that time with yourself as you would an appointment with someone else.
Would it help you to have an accountability partner? Jonda Beattie and I run a clutter support group called: Clear Space for You. We start new groups with people working on new projects the first of every month.
Diane N. Quintana is a Certified Professional Organizer® ,a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization®, Master Trainer and owner of DNQ Solutions, LLC and co-owner of Release●Repurpose●Reorganize, LLC based in Atlanta, Georgia.