Fall Sports Family Survival Must Haves

Fall Sports Family Survival Must Haves

Mom, where’s my practice jersey? Where are my shin guards? Where’s my other sock?

Whether your child plays soccer, football or hockey, fall sports season is underway in Middle Tennessee. While there are only so many times we can remind our youth athletes to keep their gear organized, there are steps parents can take sure everyone is organized and stress free on practice and game days!

Here are 10 must have items to keep on hand to help you survive fall sports:
First Aid Kit

While most coaches carry a first aid kit, it’s helpful to keep your own. Include bandages, alcohol wipes, aspirin or other pain reliever, and first aid ointment, such as Neosporin.

Blanket

You never know when you’ll need a blanket for an impromptu seat on the sidelines or for its intended purpose – to keep warm!

Hand Sanitizer

Sports complexes and schools don’t always have the best equipped outdoor bathrooms. Keep hand sanitizer on standby.

Water & Healthy Snacks

Here in Middle Tennessee, practices can be held in 90 degree weather. Make sure everyone stays hydrated. A large water jug can be used to refill water bottles. Portable snacks like grapes, granola bars, fruit leather and raisins don’t require refrigeration and are easy to eat.

Sunscreen

Keep sunscreen on hand and be sure to toss some in your kids’ sports bags. (Keep bottled sunscreen in a resealable bag and in a separate zippered pocket to avoid spills).

Camping Chair

Keep an extra camping chair in your trunk or hatch just in case complex bleachers are full or you need a place to sit.

Umbrella

An extra large umbrella comes in handy to shield yourself from rain (or sun.)

Extra Bags

You may need to transport muddy cleats home in your car but you may not want to after you see them (and smell them!) Consider keeping a bag of large Ziploc type bags in your car to seal up dirty shoes and socks.

Cash

If you’re headed to a game or tournament you may need cash for admission or concessions stands and you won’t find an ATM on site. Do yourself a favor and make sure you have cash, small bills especially!

Hand and Feet Warmers

Lastly, while it is still warm throughout most of fall sports seasons, end-of-season night games start to get chilly. Do yourself a favor and buy hand and feet warmers before they sell out at the first mention of frost or snow!

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10 Back to School Organization Tips That Will Simplify Your Life

10 Back to School Organization Tips That Will Simplify Your Life

It’s back to school time in Middle Tennessee and fall (and the holidays!) are right around the corner. It’s the perfect time of year to get organized. College-age kids have returned to campus, high school kids are involved in sports and busy with homework and elementary school and preschool kids are involved in fall programs and field trips.

Whatever parenting stage you’re in, one thing is for sure – back to school means getting back to a routine. Today on the blog we thought we’d share some helpful tips for getting your family organized for the school year. It’s also an opportune time to schedule your fall carpet cleaning, especially your college student’s room. When they come home for fall break, they’ll have a fresh and clean room waiting for them!

Back-to-School Organization Tips That Will Simplify Your Life

  1. Fill a car organizer with everything your child needs in the morning — including grab n’ go breakfast options like granola bars, hand sanitizer, a lint brush, extra pens and pencils, etc.
  2. Hang a file organizer with a slot for each family member. You can find great magnetic hanging organizers that fit perfectly on the side of your refrigerator or home office filing cabinet. Use a different colored folder for each family member, including the family pet!
  3. Make freezer meals once a month. These are great to have for those busy nights when you get home late from sports games or school programs!
  4. Post a dinner schedule on your refrigerator or on a family command center bulletin board so everyone can make plans accordingly. This is great for teens, especially, if they are working or have sports after school.
  5. Add a pocket folder to your child’s backpack for loose papers. Remind them to place any permission slips, announcements and all the other miscellaneous paperwork that gets sent home from school in this folder, so they don’t get crumpled in the bottom of their backpack!
  6. Create a drop-off point for backpacks. Depending on your home, this could be at the back door, your mudroom or even the front door. The important thing is to establish this one drop-off spot so there is no more last-minute “where’s my backpack” scrambling in the morning!
  7. Create a homework and school project station by filling a supply bin with everything your kids need to do their homework, from highlighter pens and pencils to scissors and glue sticks. There’s nothing worse than realizing your child has a science project due and you have no glue sticks, markers or other supplies handy!
  8. Make early morning routines easier with a portable hair-styling kit with a handle so your child can fix their hair in their room or even your powder room. This is especially helpful if you have kids who share a bathroom.
  9. Have your child select their outfits for the week and then store them in a hanging organizer or designate a “school week” drawer where everything is in one spot.
  10. Prepare school lunches in advance. While making dinner the night before, make up the kids’ lunches and store them in the fridge.

What back to school time saving tips work for you and your family? The team at CitruSolution of Middle Tennessee wish you a very happy 2018-2019 school year!

Nashville area carpet cleaning company CitruSolution utilizes environmentally-friendly, citrus-based cleanser for safe, effective, child/pet friendly cleaning. Working in Brentwood, Nashville, and Franklin Tennessee since 2008, CitruSolution is safe and effective for Oriental Rugs, carpeting, and upholstered furniture. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and call us at (615) 333-8977 to schedule an appointment.