I don't have the money, the time, or the brain power to do everything at the last minute. I have to break it up.
School shopping- We bought socks and underwear all around, and clothes for T2/Walter. I only get 2 outfits per kid to start school in because they have some other clothes they can mix in. Unless they have outgrown everything, they don't need a whole new wardrobe. These 2 boys are pretty easy because they are very limited in what they wear. You know those plain white undershirts? Yeah, those. (except this year, T2 wanted colored ones) and basketball shorts. Simple. Now, I still need to get them each a hoody but that can wait until after school starts.
Organization- entryway. I can do this this early in the summer because there's not much to do, nothing changes. The things that are here, stay here, it pretty much stays straight because everyone knows where everything is and where everything goes- right down to the smallest child.
This is where all of the backpacks, shoes and jackets go... as well as diaper bags, diapers, wipes, ointments, mail, and whatever else we need coming in and out the front door or very frequently. Our set up may not be the most attractive, but it's the most convenient for us. For me, convenience wins.
The only thing I needed to do is clear out, switch out, and take inventory of backpacks. Alex is getting Walter's because it has a single strap that Walter hates and I think might be perfect for Alex. Goofy is getting Alex's because Alex's use of backpacks is pretty light, just a binder and the occasional clothes, snacks, diapers/wipes. Thing2 and Walter will be getting new backpacks.
I'm also working on schedules/ routines/ chore lists this week and have the rough drafts done. Thing2 doesn't have one. He's an adult, if he can't figure crap out for himself, he's in for a rough life. As for the other 2, I'm lazy and I have a feeling that this year is not going to be a sober one. Sorry, but it's true. I love my kids but ADHD and homework don't mix. Then you add in reading trouble... Oh, Lord, I need a drink just thinking about it. I am not the most patient person. at all. so, anyway, I need to lighten my load as much as possible to offset the rest of the upcoming shitstorm.
Make your bed- if there's too much crap on it, I guess you didn't clean your room, did you?
Get dressed. Put your clothes IN the hamper.
Brush your freaking teeth. Girls don't like kissing dirty mouths.
Do your homework. or be grounded when report cards come in- your choice.
Practice your trumpet. 30 minutes.
Put your stuff by the door. I'm not bringing it to you tomorrow when you forget it.
Supper. yes, I expect you to be here.
- Take the trash out. You live here, too. act like it.
- Gather the laundry and take it to the laundry room. Don't you wish you had put your laundry IN the hamper? Sort it. Figure it out, there's a pattern.
- Clean the bathroom. Don't you wish you had wiped the sink after you brushed your teeth? and yeah, that's gross. Learn to aim.
- Clean your room. If you don't love it enough to take care of it, you don't love it enough to keep it. My room is not up for discussion, so shush it.
Take a shower. Girls don't like boys who smell funny, either.
Brush your freaking teeth. Yes, again.
Put your dirty clothes IN the hamper (see: chores)
Lay your clothes out for tomorrow. I'm not arguing about why we can't do a load of laundry before school. Do it tonight or go without.
I made a list of everything else that needs to be done before school starts and broke it down into weekly tasks.
7 weeks- buy Alex/ Goofy clothes
organize my "office", e-mail
6 weeks- buy backpacks
organize Walter's room
Alex- write introduction to teacher
5 weeks- buy shoes for Thing2 and Walter
organize Goofy's room
Goofy- write introduction to teacher/ packet
4 weeks- buy shoes Alex and Goofy
3 weeks- buy personal supplies, alarm clocks
2 weeks- hair cuts Thing 2 and Walter
1 week- school supplies
0 weeks- hair cuts Alex and Goofy
And that's our start. Do you have any ideas to add? How do you go about getting ready without losing your mind?