Staying organized for Back-to-School with VolunteerSpot! #sponsored

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of VolunteerSpot through TravelingMom. As always, all opinions stated here are 100% either my own or those of my family.

One week from tomorrow… That’s when my kids will get up, get dressed in clothes they’ve picked out weeks ago, and head off to the bus stop with backpacks and lunch boxes in hand and smiles on their faces.

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Watching for the bus on her first day of middle school last year…

And I will rejoice.

School is a bittersweet time for me actually – I love having my days free to get work done, take care of the house, run errands, etc. But I do miss the girls after being able to spend so much time with them and do fun things together over the summer. This is the time of year when our lives get incredibly busy and we’re always rushing from here to there and everywhere. Some days I feel like all I do is travel – yet without ever leaving town. There may not be overnight stays involved (usually) – but my days are sometimes just as stressful to schedule as a true vacation would be. We are a one-vehicle family, so determining how to get everyone where they need to go, when they need to be there is often a very intricate, time-consuming task in itself.

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My elementary school girls heading off to their first day last fall!

My favorite way to volunteer at my younger kids’ elementary school is to help out with the book fair a couple of times a year. I usually do multiple shifts and have to fit those into my already filled-up days. I love that our school uses VolunteerSpot’s free sign-up sheets for this and other activities – everything from the emails letting me know that spots are available to sign up for to the timely reminders when my shifts are coming up helps make my life easier and ensure that I don’t show up at the wrong time or even not at all. VolunteerSpot will even add my shifts right onto my online calendar once I’ve selected them. It’s such a useful tool for everything from school activities, sports teams, potlucks, carpooling, and I can see VolunteerSpot being incredibly helpful for organizing a family reunion, church event or even to manage folks bringing meals for a family that’s had a new baby, surgery or illness, without having to resort to long email chains where information gets lost in the shuffle.

Or even within just your own family, especially if your kids are older and online anyway… What an easy way to assign chores – or get everyone to help out with planning the next big family vacation. Definitely something I’m going to have to keep in mind!

Until then I’ll have to just get through the next few months of school, soccer and fall activity craziness, hopefully with my sanity intact. 🙂

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Want an easy way to help out your school this fall? VolunteerSpot is giving away more than $20,000 in prizes with their “After School Cool” sweepstakes! Enter to win great prizes for you and your child’s afterschool group (such as a $500 AmEx card or $75 Cabot Creamery gift packs) and you’ll automatically be entered to win a $1,500 grand for your school too.