Back to School Morning Cheat Sheet

Simplifying Your School Morning

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When it’s time to go back to school, it’s not easy to get everyone up, fed, dressed, and ready for school, especially when it still feels like summer outside. My boys are not natural early risers. Morning time often becomes crunch time just to keep everyone on track and getting them ready to be where they need to be. What’s a mom to do?

My favorite tip for easier school mornings is to plan ahead the night before:

  • School assignments ready, checked, and in their designated location (backpack, cubbyhole, etc.).
  • Lunch planned for homeschool or packed for out-of-home school.
  • Breakfast station set up for cereal, breakfast bars, or pre-made muffins.
  • Alarm clocks set.
  • Clothes laid out or grouped together in the closet.
  • Gas in the car–It never fails that the one time we are running late will be the one time the car is on empty.

I find it helpful to have a capsule wardrobe for each of my kids. This makes it so much simpler for them to put outfits together without worrying if everything coordinates.

My color-loving boys have been know to assemble some ‘loud’ combinations–orange shorts with red shirts,  2 different plaids competing for attention. Knowing what goes with what and having several items that can be mixed and matched makes getting ready quick and easy.

Moms may be familiar with companies that provide capsule wardrobe choices for women. Using this technique with kids’ clothes is such a time saver. It’s also a budget saver, since it helps cut down on buying those extra items that never seem to go with anything and end up in the bottom of the drawer.

Our friends at Gymboree asked Learning Table to put together a few wardrobe bundles to showcase some looks for back to school.

As homeschoolers, our kids spend almost as much time out of the house as in.

Field trips, classes, park days, and activities give us good reasons to change out of our pajamas (wink, wink)! So, we’ve styled some ideas for back to school to inspire you to a more organized morning.

Park Day Fun
Snake Tee

Cargo JoggersChambray SneakersSurf Camo Lunchbox

Science Center Classes

Beetle TeeSlip-On Sneakers
Denim Cargo ShortsHooded Henley

Museum Field Trip

Striped DressPom Pom Pony Holders
Sparkle SneakersFloral Leggings

Art Show

Rose PulloverCharm Necklace

Bow SkimmersJeggings


We hope our ideas for simplified back to school mornings will inspire you and make your days easier. For more ideas, check out these Back to School bundles created by Stitch Fix.

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