Don’t know much about History, don’t know much Biology… But, what I do know is that Back-to-school time is just around the corner. Watch this video to make this education transition smoother, less stressful and more productive. Less stress on the first day of school- what a wonderful world that would be!
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Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet book and on-line program, and today we are going to talk about what I call “Back to School Resolutions.” Around here, we call back to school the second New Year, because guess what happens? Everybody is starting a new routine, the summer is over, the leisurely days are numbered. And you know you’re going to be getting back into that morning and evening routine of getting the kids out the door, and you say, “This year I’m going to do better.” So what are you going to do better this year? So, here are some ideas for you.
First, you can think about your lunch-making routine. And we have a great resource for you there, easylunchboxes.com. My friend Kelly, she’s got the best selling lunchboxes on Amazon and it makes it real easy to do that. But create a lunch-making station. Whether you use Kelly’s lunchboxes or not, have all those supplies together and centralized so that it’s easier. You might even make your lunches the night before. That’s a really good habit to cultivate.
Another thing you might want to think about is just simply getting up earlier. I know that sounds painful, but try it, because once you start that habit then you can continue it, and it’s not painful to change it later. So, if you’re already going to start setting your alarm, set it earlier than you did last year, and start that the right way.
Another thing you can do is your Sunday planning habit – and we have another video all about that – but planning out your week can make a huge difference. So, if you create that habit for the school year, you’ll have your menus planned, you’ll know who’s going to be where when, you’ll never miss a carpool again. All those great things will line up if you just practice that 15, 20 minutes a week of Sunday planning.
And another thing you can do is think about setting your policies for your family. Things like your after-school homework policy, your snack policy, other things that have to do with the way you run your home. Make agreements with your kids and get them on-board and think through that. You know a great resource for that is my friend Amy McCready. She is a frequent Today Show guest as a parenting expert and she wrote “If I Have to Tell You One More Time,” so she has some good information about setting policies in her book and some of her content. And I have the link for you there on the screen.
If you would like some more help with back to school, we have a three-week back to school countdown checklist for you. Here’s what it looks like. You can get this in PDF form; it has all kinds of tips and stuff, all with a three-week checklist of things to do to line up everything for a fresh start for this second New Year. So, what you can do is go to https://www.clutterdiet.com/countdown , and you can sign up to get the list right there and you’ll get it automatically in PDF form.
See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.
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