Sunday, July 8, 2018

It seems like summer break gets shorter each year and back-to-school store displays make an appearance sooner than any of us seem to expect. Seeing all of the school supplies in stores and TV commercials promoting back-to-school sales gets me in the mood to organize and prepare for the chaos that lies ahead. 

I like to be prepared and actually love to plan ahead. The inspiration for this blog post actually started while I was looking for printable binder covers to use in my office. The resources and ideas I located are useful, practical and will hopefully make the start of the school year a little less stressful. Before I show you the binder covers, take a look at this free back to school shopping checklist from Frugal Fanatic.  These lists from This Worthey Life have supply lists for both Elementary and Middle School aged kids.  If you have a high school student, look at the school supply list available from Kids Can Have Fun. 

Binders are my go-to organizing tool. I'm not picky about a specific brand but I do use only white binders with a clear sleeve on the front to hold a cover sheet.  

Resource #1: Binder Covers and Spines

To access the free goodies in this post, please visit the link provided above each design.  Please note: you will need access to Adobe, Publisher or a similar program in order to edit these designs. 

Moritz Fine Designs

Vanilla Joy

Jana Guerra: We Heart Teaching

Create. Discover. Explore.  

(Several colors available- I've included on two of the options)

Sarah Titus

The Gracious Wife


Make It Create: Lilly Ashley

Taught with Class

Ashley Hughes: A Hughes Design

Teach Outside the Box

Shelia Cantonwine

Julz Treasure Chest

Resource #2: Routine Charts/Checklists for Kids

I love this idea from Brought To You By Mom for younger kids who may be adjusting to a new school schedule and responsibilities. 

If you are looking for even more great resources to help kids adjust to schedules and routines, look at the stack of options available from Organized 31. 

Resource #3: First Day of School Signs

No new school year would be complete without the obligatory "First Day of School" signs and (of course) social media picture post!s

I found some cute freebies from TeePeeGirl and she was nice enough to include a free "About Me" companion printable. 

Paper Trail Design has a ton of free printables on her webpage and Pinterest profile. Be sure to check it out! The free design below is great if you are would prefer to print with black ink only. 

I hope you find these resources useful and easy to implement into your own busy lives. 

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Wendy Q

CEO, The House of Qs

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