10 Easy Back-to-School Tips That'll Make This Year a Breeze

This time, you'll be ready!

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With the first day of school around the corner, it's time to start thinking about that back-to-school to-do list. Prepare your kids for a successful year with these hacks (from organization tips to routine ideas) that'll help you earn an A+ this semester and beyond.

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1 Upgrade your kid's backpack.
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You don't need to buy a new backpack every year. Get crafty by ironing on colorful patterned patches inside their bag for extra storage. Or add reflective tape with animal and glitter designs to the side to make the bag feel brand new — and safe!

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2 Wait for the athletic sales.
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Trae Bodge, Landcruisers's financial expert, says that if last year's trends hold, there will be plenty of sales on fitness shoes and clothes in stores like , , , , , and .

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3 Stock up together.
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Shopping for supplies solo may be faster, but taking your kids along is the better bet. They'll be more excited about using the cool stuff they get to pick out, says Marcella Moran, PhD, coauthor of . And that's incentive to keep it all organized.

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4 Create a mobile homework station.
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Make school projects easier this year by creating a station they can go to for all their essentials: writing utensils, scissors, glue, you name it. This will keep your kids organized and you in the know when items are out of stock.

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5 Hold off on Apple products.
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If you promised the little one an iPad for this school year, but they're going to have to wait a little longer. According to Bodge, the best deals will come after Apple launches their newest devices in September.

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6 Create a command center.
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Eliminate the stress this year by establishing a one-stop-shop command center. The kids can clip on permission slips that need to be signed and you can keep track of everyone's soccer games and ballet lessons. It's a win-win!

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7 Rearrange their closet.
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An organized closet cuts down on what-to-wear dilemmas, says Laura Leist, author of . First, donate outgrown clothes. Then transform the newly streamlined closet with a hanging organizer that has each day printed on separate shelves. Now your child can plan a week's worth of outfits.

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8 Sign up for after-school activities.
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Whether it's sports or ballet, these programs will keep your kids active with something to do after school.

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9 Practice the morning routine.
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A week before school begins, start waking up (you and the kids) earlier. It helps make the transition easier, says Marcella.

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10 Pack their bag the night before.
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Avoid forgetting things during the morning rush by telling your child to pack their sports bags and backpacks before bedtime.

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