Back to School

It’s that time! Back To School!

Every year, about this time, I start thinking about my kids going back to school. I get a wee bit excited and a wee bit sad. They grow up so fast!

I start making notes about what they need to have (and do) before school starts again. While it’s great to relax and have fun during summer vacation, I think it’s also important to help my kids get ready for their next year of school. I want them to return to school refreshed and proud! Ready to take on a new school year.

With multiple kids in the house, back-to-school time can be hectic. Each kid has their own list of back-to-school needs, and with so many stores having back-to-school sales, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and disorganized while shopping for clothes and shoes. Without a solid plan, it would be easy to walk into a store, buy many more shirts than needed, and totally forget about other important items.

To make sure this doesn’t happen with us, I use a Back-to-School Needs Worksheet. I created this printable years ago, and have used it every year since to get my kids and their back-to-school needs organized.

Before we do any back-to-school shopping, I have them fill out the Needs Worksheet (or I fill it out with them). It’s a great opportunity for us to go through their closets, weed out items that don’t fit anymore or no longer fit their personal style, and donate extra clothes to charity (or give hand-me-downs to their siblings). It’s also a great opportunity for me to check through their wardrobes and discard any items that are too worn out to keep.

There is a section for undergarments, clothes, and accessories, including their school backpacks. I also have my kids check through their gym clothes and dress clothes in addition to their regular school day clothes. This way, I can shop for back-to-school, gym class, and Sunday outfits all in the same trip.

The Back to School Needs Worksheet is great because I can shop with or without my kids because

  • I have all of their sizes right in front of me.
  • In case I need it I also have their measurements to easily refer too.
  • I know exactly what each child needs.
  • And there is a notes section in case they want a particular color item or another special request.

I have used this printable for many years, and I just love how organized it makes back-to-school shopping. I highly recommend it for moms with kids of any age, especially moms that have multiple kids.

Download your own Back To School Clothing Needs Checklist

How do you keep organized getting children ready to return to school?

About The Author

Karie Babbitt

Karie Babbitt is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer. Mother of three boys and one girl. She has raised a family of six on a single income for over twenty-five years. She will share how she budgets so she can travel to show her kids all fifty states before they leave her home. Her parenting fails and successes, budgeting tips, food and living life in bliss.


  1. Edel | 6th Aug 18

    Great idea to have a checklist for all back to school related things.

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