Planning the new school year doesn’t have to be a chore. Forget juggling lists from every teacher, plus the one you wrote, and the “essentials” your child will be begging for at the store. Use this ultimate back-to-school checklist printable to organize your shopping plans all in one place and get everything you need to send the kids back to school.
I have been known to make lists of lists. Maybe it’s because I’m a little obsessive about organizing. Do you know what I mean? I feel like if I can get it all down on paper, I can accomplish anything. That is often why Hubby looks at my weekly to-do list and faints.
Okay, that’s an exaggeration. Slightly.
There is a lot to do to get everyone ready for back to school. There’s shopping for school supplies and uniforms. Checking out what we already have that we don’t really need to buy again. Adjusting our routine and planning daily lunch boxes. This list goes on. And becomes a list of lists. If you like this kind of organizing, you will love the printable I just created.
My ultimate back-to-school checklist has everything you need to plan for school on one handy page.
Ultimate back-to-school checklist
I’ve divided my list into three categories, but I didn’t fill them in for you. I know how particular my kids’ school is, so I can only assume that yours is probably the same.
1. School supplies
This is pretty self-explanatory. Just copy over the list that your school or teachers sent. I like to write everything down exactly as they sent it, then “shop at home” to find and check off the things I already have. Some stuff is pretty indestructible – like rulers and scissors – and can be used every year. Give everything a good wipe down with your favorite cleaning product.
My kids have to wear uniforms. There are rules for colors, the number of buttons, and length. They’ve become more laid back recently and the kids can wear jeans now. I try to calculate uniform sets for seven days. When my kids were younger, they kept an extra outfit in the locker for emergencies. Plus, there are weeks when laundry piles up. Don’t forget to include accessories like hair bows, belts, shoes, etc.
This is the “everything else” category. To me, essentials are things you need to have that don’t fit in another category. My list includes:
I love sharing my organizing ideas as much as I love organizing. I also love things that match, so I updated this post in August 2017 to include a watercolor checklist printable that matches my home management printables.
To download the original primary colors ultimate checklist printable, click HERE.
To download the new watercolor checklist printable, click HERE.
The printable has space to write your child’s name and grade, so if you have multiple kids, you won’t go crazy trying to remember whose list you’re looking at. I recommend making an extra copy to keep in your purse or in the car so that when you’re out shopping for something else and see a great deal, you can check the list to see if it’s something you need before you buy.
If you liked this post, you might also like this fail-proof lunch box packing list.