Savor the Last Few days of Summer with these Time-Saving Tips! #TraverseTested – The Mommyhood Chronicles


With just a week left before the school year begins the pressure is on to maximize the sliver of summer we have left.  At the same time, there are practical issues to be dealt with, as well as the haircuts and dentist appointments, school supplies, and new shoes. Us moms can end up feeling torn between needing to accomplish all of our errands, yet wanting to savor the freedom of summer as long as possible. Not only is it too nice out to spend all day dragging the kids around on errands, but it’s not fair to them either to combat this dilemma. For this reason, I thought I’d share some of the time saving tips I have came up with to make this transition easier, get all the errands done and still have some time for fun.

I feel much less guilty doing all the other things that need to get done once I know they have a little fun built into their day. The first few days of school can be chaotic so if you practice a few time saving tips it can really help you avoid the morning rush.

1. Get your children in a good schedule a few weeks before summer ends. A lot of kids (mine included) tend to go to bed very late, as they do not have school in the am. While they can sleep in during the summer months, during the school year, this is not feasible. A few weeks before school starts, have them go to bed at their regular school time and have them wake at the same time. Also, make sure meals are given at a regular schedule. This will help to save a lot of headaches and ultimately time once school starts!

2.  Do things like pre-pack the backpacks with supplies you have purchased as you accumulate them. I tend to shop now for the start of school rather than waiting for school to start. By shopping now, you will not have to worry about participating in the mad rush when all parents are out shopping during the first week of school.  This will be a huge time saver once school starts!

3. Pick out outfits for the first few days of school, and lay them out to avoid a rush in the morning. I know my daughter needs to make sure her outfit is perfect and if I let her wait to the morning, it cuts into so much of our limited time to get ready. By doing it the night before, it will save us time and chaos in the morning.DSC03242

4. Prepackage school lunches the night before. The last thing I want to do is pack up lunches after a long day, but it really does help out in the morning. By having lunches ready, the kids can simply take it from the refrigerator and head to school. You will eliminate a lot of stress this way!DSC03234
5. For us moms, we sometimes forget about ourselves when getting the kids ready. I make sure I am organized by setting the coffee maker at night so it is ready to go in the morning. It helps me not have to worry about my coffee brewing when I am in a rush! Also, I make sure to stock my car with nutritious snacks and bars, in case I do not get a chance to eat one morning. Hopefully this does not happen, but I like to be prepared.

6. Last, I like to keep a few toothbrushes and toothpastes in the downstairs bathroom so the kids can brush their teeth, without having to run upstairs to their bathroom. It helps eliminate time, especially those mornings where we are rushing!DSC03241


These tips should help you to enjoy the last few days of summer, while they are here, and help in easing back into the routine.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Chevrolet via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Chevrolet

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  1. daisy says

    I love your tip to pre-pack backpacks. Ahhh, this was the first day of my son’s preschool and it was a hectic morning. lol.

  2. says

    Fantastic tips. We usually do all the school prep in your tips. Except this year back to school surprised me and we only had three days to start getting used to the new schedule before school started, instead of the usual 2 weeks before that we use. We all felt the shock this morning as we were still tired and didn’t want to get up for the first day of school. It really makes a big difference starting to prep weeks before instead of just a few days before.

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