30 In Family Life

Back to School Evening Routine to Make Your Mornings Stress-Free

school routine

New school year is right around the corner. Many schools have already started. We have another two weeks to go before our kids are back at school. It is not easy to get them back into the groove of things, and get back into our daily routines. Getting up in the morning is a struggle. In order to make my life easier, our morning calmer and attempting to be overall a bit more organized, we follow the same evening routine every day. Here are a few things that make our mornings easier.

Back to School Evening Routine

School Work Before Play Time

The first part of our back to school evening routine actually starts right after school. We have a checklist on our fridge that lists all of my kids homework and activities. Before they are allowed to turn on the TV or video game, all of the work written on the checklist has to be completed. Some of the things on the checklist include simple stuff, like bringing their lunchboxes from their school bags to the kitchen, or putting their agendas on the kitchen table to be signed. But then, come the important things like going over all homework assignment and deciding which one to complete first. Getting to work and completing the task before moving on to the next subject or assignment. The bottom line – all the work has to be done before the kids are allowed any typo of free time to read or play.

back to school evening routine to make your mornings stress free

Making Lunches the Night Before

Another part of our evening routine is making lunches for the next day. My kids are very picky eaters, therefore I make sure to involve them into making their lunches. They get to choose their fruit and vegetables, what goes on their sandwiches, and whether they prefer a salad or some leftovers from dinner. Having them involved in making lunches, make them appreciate the effort that goes into putting them together, and most of the time, makes them eat their lunches in full.

back to school evening routine to make your mornings stress free


5 Reasons Why Anne of Green Gables Is an Excellent Role Model for Your Tween

Packing Their Backpack and Placing Them by the Door

Another thing we do the night before as a part of back to school evening routine is pack up the kids backpacks. Things like assignments, notebooks, permission slips, agendas, and any other work that needs to be brought to school the next day is all packed up and ready to go before the children go to change into their pajamas and go to sleep. All we have to do in the morning, is put their lunchboxes into the backpack, their water bottles into the side pockets and they’re ready to go.

Laying Out the Clothes for the Next Day

The last thing we do as a part of our evening routine, in order to make our mornings much easier and relaxed, is set the children’s clothes out on their chairs for the next day. We look at the Weather Network first, to see what the weather will be like in the morning. Then my kids go to their closets and pick out their outfits for the next day. That way there is no struggle in the morning and no indecisiveness as to what to wear. Whatever they have chosen to wear the night before they will be wearing to school that day. No changing their minds, no going through the closets, no fuss.

Stress-Free Mornings…

We have been following these four rules since our children started preschool. Right now they have become a routine, and my kids do them without thinking twice about them. September is always the hardest. After two months off, even I have a hard time getting back into the swing of things. But by mid October, this routine is once again engraved in us all and we love it! We don’t run around in the morning figuring out what we are going to wear, what we’re going to take for lunch, or where are those papers that we signed (or even worse – didn’t sign) the night before. All of that has been done the previous evening. We all make an effort to ensure that all of these things are checked off. It’s not easy. And the kids need reminders quiet often, but in the end it is all worth it.

What About You?

Do you have a back to school evening routine that makes your household run smoothly in the morning and helps your life less stressful? I’m always on the lookout to improve my life, so I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

back to school evening routine to make your mornings stress free

You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    Karen Lyons
    March 14, 2020 at 4:32 am

    Thanks for sharing all of your tips! Picking out clothes the night before school is very helpful as for less hassles in the morning

  • Reply
    Laurel and Iron
    May 25, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    These are great tips!


  • Reply
    April 30, 2018 at 5:19 am

    My daughter is very well organised, everything is ready night before, but my son is the opposite, he stress in the morning running like headless chicken looking for his stuff. But I can’t really blame him, I am the worse organised mother in the world, my daughter send me reminders of what should i do.

  • Reply
    September 6, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Such great tips! I’ll have to remember this when mine become school aged.

  • Reply
    September 5, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I remember has a child we didn’t have a set routine and I truly wish we did because I think not only would I have felt more accomplished but it would have been easier on my parents. Hopefully I will learn from that and set great boundaries and schedules with my kiddos once they are ready for school!

  • Reply
    The Gifted Gabber
    September 4, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    We pretty much follow these same ideas and things go mostly smoothly. I couldn’t imagine trying to get us all out the door for daycare/school/work without evening prep!

  • Reply
    September 4, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Perfect tips to make it easier to manage time.I still don’t have any kids at their school age yet. This post will definitely help me in the future once my toddler is ready for school

  • Reply
    September 4, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I don’t have a little one at school yet, but I’ll remember these tips for next year! Great post.

  • Reply
    August 26, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Going back to school is such a stressful, especially finding back our routine!

  • Reply
    August 25, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Our daughter is still in daycare, but its just as important to have an evening routine for us. It usually involves dinner, some outdoor play time (if its nice), bath, books and bed.

    • Reply
      August 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      You’re just like me! We used to have that as well when our kids were small. The routines changed somewhat since then, but the bottom line is, they are still in place and the kids know exactly what to expect each night.

    1 2

    What Do You Think? Please share here...