Are you getting your family ready for back-to-school? Whether school has started for you or not, here are a few simple ideas just for back-to-school.

Idea #1: Create backpack tag.

Here’s one I did for my daughter.

Backpack tag

I simply covered a chipboard flower using Mod Podge, added a sticker with her initial for the center, and voila! a custom name tag. I left her actual name off the tag for safety reasons (just don’t want her name on her back as she walks down the street.) But this tag makes it easy for her to know which pack is hers in a crowd while maintaining her anonymity. (Her name is printed inside in permanent marker.)

Idea #2. Make an event out of shopping for school clothes.

Plan a day for school clothes shopping complete with lunch out or a trip to the ice cream shop. Before heading out, have your children try on all their clothes from last year to see what still works. Put outfits together and figure out which pants need a top, which tops need a bottom, and so on. Write your shopping list on acid free card stock, snap a few photos of the shopping event, and you’ve got the makings for a scrapbook page!

Idea #3:  Get your artwork binder ready for the new school year!

Remember this project from the end of last school year? Get this year’s binder ready ahead of time and keep it up as you go. Your kids can join in the fun by creating a cover page at the start of the year and a back page at the end of the year.

Have fun!

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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