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Back to School Bootcamp

Getting ready for the kids to return to school can mean that there are many things to do between shopping for school supplies, new clothes, schedules, and waking up early. We're here to help make the process more effortless in the long term.

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Kid Drop Zone

Every. Single. Person. Needs a drop zone area. Adults and even kids! We get tons of mail as adults and we all know that school sends home WAY too much art and papers. When we create drop zones for families, we even make drop zones for the kids. When adults have mail systems, the kids need one too! The older they are, the more they can have control of the process. To get this started follow our steps

1) Papers

In your drop zone, having a spot for all incoming and outgoing paperwork is needed. This should be located in the main entry that you use when you enter the house. We recommend getting a 3-section paperwork sorter and labeling the sections as:

1- To Parents: this is meant to be for papers that are meant to be given to mom/dad. When you work through this area, make critical decisions on if you really need to keep it or if you can just throw it away. If you want to keep their art for a short time, store it in a tote, and at the end of the semester work with them to decide what to keep and not keep.

2- To Do: this is meant to be for anything that the CHILD needs to do.

3- To School: this is meant to be for things that need to go back to school. Make sure you or your child looks at this daily and does it right away.

Every day, have them or you, unload the book bag and take all papers and sort them into the sections. 1-2 times a week, make sure it gets emptied out and things completed.

3 section paper organizer that hangs on the wall and what to label each section

2) Book Bags & Coats

If your entryway is overflowing, it's a sign that you need to downsize what's there. Have a spot for 1 coat and 1 bookbag for each child. Use hooks for each to get them off the floor.

Entry way hooks with words explaining how to organize and downsize for an accessible entry way (1 hood per person and 1 coat and backpack per person.

3) Drop Zone Basket

This is a small wall-mounted basket that is also near all their other items in the entryway. Why have this? This is a great spot for all the catchall items that are theirs. Fidgets, sunglasses, wallets, and more that can clutter your countertops can have a home finally!!

Drop zone baskets in the entry way

Favorite Items for Packing Lunches

The Bag and Accessories

Our favorite lunch bag and accessories for back to school

1. FlowFly Kids Double Decker Cooler Insulated Lunch Bag Large Tote for Boys, Girls, Men, Women, With Adjustable Strap, Dinosaur -- Comes in so many colors and patterns! Perfect for everyone! We really love it because you can pack warm items on the top and cold items on the bottom!

2. Fit + Fresh XL Cool Coolers Freezer Slim Ice Pack for Lunch Box, Coolers, Beach Bags and Picnic Baskets, Multi-Colored, 4 pack, Extra Large -- Keeps things cold while saving space!

3. Shemira 100 Pack Lunch Box Notes for Kids, Inspirational Affirmation Cards for Kindergarten Girls Boys,Motivational Cards for Kids, Back to School Supplies,50 Styles,3.5 x 3.5 inches,Blank Back -- Stop writing on napkins! These are a great way to add a little something special to your kiddo/spouse's lunch!

Food Containers

Our favorite lunch box food containers

1. Stasher Reusable Silicone Storage Bag, Food Storage Container, Microwave and Dishwasher Safe, Leak-free, 4-Pack Lunch/Travel Bundle, Endangered Seas -- A great way to eliminate one-time use sandwich bags! These are also dishwasher-safe!

2. LunchBots Large Cinco Stainless Steel Lunch Container - Five Section Design Holds a Variety of Foods - Metal Bento Box - Dishwasher Safe - Stainless Lid - Aqua Dots -- This is great for kids and adults alike! Go ahead, and pack an adult lunchable!

3. 17 oz Insulated Lunch Containers Hot Food Jar, Wide Mouth Lunch Thermos for Hot Food Kids Adults, Vacuum Stainless Steel Thermos Lunch Box With Handle Folding Spoon for School, Office (Blue-Pink) -- This is great for keeping things warm in your lunch! Pack leftovers or a cup of soup in the winter!

4. Bentgo® Kids Prints Leak-Proof, 5-Compartment Bento-Style Kids Lunch Box - Ideal Portion Sizes for Ages 3 to 7 - BPA-Free, Dishwasher Safe, Food-Safe Materials (Puppy Love) -- The tried and true! Leakproof and great for adding variety to your kiddo's lunch! Also super satisfying to look at as well!

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