The kids going back to school after the long summer break is a time of mixed emotions. On the one hand, you're happy to get the messy little rascals out of the house and relieved you no longer need to think of ways to amuse them every single day, but on the other – well, you'll kind of miss them!
However you're feeling, it's time to get organised. Packing them off to school looking respectable and armed with everything they need can be challenging, so get planning now and minimise stress.
1. SPEED UP THE MORNING ROUTINE
Getting everyone in and out of the bathroom on time can be a challenge. A challenge that somehow usually ends with the kids looking fresh, but you leaving the house in your pyjamas with a six year old's toothbrush in your mouth. Sometimes you might feel like a cattle prod is the only answer, but we have a more simple solution courtesy of Pinterest. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3...
2. NEVER LOSE A SCHOOL SHIRT AGAIN
So, the kids are clean. The next step is to get them dressed - but where have all the clean school clothes got to? To avoid last minute dramas, invest in a simple tiered storage unit containing everything they need for the day. And just because they're practical doesn't mean they have to be boring - there are plenty of colourful options at George.
Buy the Thumbs Up pink drawer storage unit from George, £15
3. DON'T MESS AROUND WITH LABELS
Sewing or ironing in name tags is one of the most tedious things about the new school year. Especially when they fall off two weeks later anyway. Our solution is much simpler – just use a permanent marker to write your little darling's name on the existing labels of the item in question. So simple, so much time saved.
4. MAKE SURE THEY GET THEIR FIVE A DAY
Putting together a packed lunch that's heathy and nutritious can be thankless. But a bit of planning can make the whole process much less stressful – and lead to a lot less mouldy fruit clogging up the fridge. To make sure your kids get their five a day, freeze up some fruit ahead of time in separate muffin tray pods. Then, you just need to bung them in a container as and when they're needed – they'll thaw out just in time for lunch. Similarly, if your well-meaning apple slices often get rejected, keep them fresh by shoving an elastic band around the apple immediately after slicing. They have no excuses not to eat it now...
5. DITCH THE HALLWAY DUMPING GROUND
If your hallway looks more like a lost property office by 4pm, what you need is structure. Some simple bag hooks to keep everything out of the way but easy to find the next day is one solution – but if you have the space, simple storage lockers will do the job perfectly – and look cool. No more grubby football boots tripping you up...
6. TAKE THE HASSLE OUT OF HOMEWORK
Homework is never going to be fun, but it can be made a lot less stressful with a bit of organisation. A portable homework station, equipped with everything they need to get the job done, is easy to put together but will save hours or arguments about not being able to find their lucky pen. And relaaaax.