Back to School Edmonton

Even if back-to-school doesn’t actually mean back to school for you (or anyone else in your household), the season is a great time to give yourself a fresh start. Taking the opportunity to re-examine some areas of your home life will give you a “new year” in August, and who couldn’t use one of those?

Declutter and Containerize:

The back to school season means that storage items are available on display and on sale. But don’t forget the golden rule of organizing: only buy containers for exactly what you need. This means that before you hit the stores, you need to declutter and sort through your items.

Some dorm room or student type items to consider:
Underbed storage bins: great for wrapping paper, children’s toy storage, out-of-season clothing storage, bedding storage.
Plastic dressers: great for organizing supplies under the sink, small clothing items in the closet, craft supplies, even smaller loose pantry items.
Locker accessories: magnetic pen holders for corralling pens on the fridge or office supplies.
Office supplies: stock up while they’re on sale.

Start Scheduling Your Days, Weeks, Months, Year!
If you’ve been meaning to take control of your time or if, like me, your current digital method just isn’t cutting it, the start of a new school year is a great time to try out a paper planner. Consider using the season to revisit your yearly goals, break them down into monthly and or weekly tasks, and impose order on your days so your time is under your control rather than running away from you. 

Refresh Your Lunch Routine
Think like an elementary school student and try bringing a packed lunch to work at least most of the time. You’ll save time and money, and likely be a bit healthier. If it helps jump start the habit, take a look at the functional and fun lunch box options that are promoted during back-to-school. My personal favorite from Justice or Chapters has some neat bentobox style containers. 

Tighten Your (Money) Belt
As you’re getting more frugal with your time and your lunch routine, use the momentum to take a fresh look at your budget. If you don’t already have a system in place or if you’re having trouble meeting financial goals, I highly, highly recommend you come up with a goal to set money aside that you did not use for going out for lunch or weekend munchies in a glass munchie/money jar. Happy Savings!

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