Are you time poor like most mums? The hours in my days seem to disappear far too quickly leaving me with a never-ending list of life admin jobs to tackle. Therefore I have implemented life hacks for school organisation that will save me time and keep me organised in the home.
School requires me to be organised and I have found a few ways to reduce the time I spend organising school-related issues. One of the most obvious ways is to train your children up from an early age to be helpful. My children have all made their own lunchboxes each day, but I will share a great hack further in the post. They are also responsible for packing their own bags and quickly realised that if they forgot something they have to deal with the consequences. I don’t automatically bail them out as they don’t learn! Harsh I know but it makes it easier, in the long run, believe me!
- Organise the fridge with boxes for the snacks available for the children. They know that they can take one option from each box. Boxes can contain preportioned fruit, bars, dairy option yoghurt or cheese for example. This means that you have the week’s lunches sorted easily and will not run out mid-week.
- Have a set time each week to fill in forms, pay for trips. Use envelopes to get everything together or pay by parent pay if your school has gone online. I find an hour on a Sunday a great time to get everything in place. I also print off the school newsletter and transfer dates to my diary at the same time. That way I don’t forget any assemblies or things they need to take into school.
- If the children need money in the week have it ready at the start. Mine need bus money on certain days and tuck shop money. I put it all out at the start of the week to save time scrabbling for change in the mornings.
- I prefer sticky name labels rather than spending time sewing them on. I also label everything in order to cut down lost items and make returning my child’s property easy. Easy2Name has a great range and make it super easy with their Fab and Funky School Pack which costs £39.99 and contains, 20 Fab and Funky Large Stickers – ideal for water bottles, lunch boxes and folders, 30 Fab and Funky Mini Stickers – ideal for smaller items like pencils, mobiles and iPods, 6 Fab and Funky Shoe Labels, 35 Fab and Funky StickEasy, 1 Large Fab and Funky Bag Tag. Using sticky labels works for me and I also use them on after-school activity things. We would leave things behind if it wasn’t for labelling.
- Tumble dry school uniform and give a good shake afterwards and fold when still warm. This saves on ironing. I even do this in the summer. I let it line dry then just pop in the tumble drier for 10 mins to warm up and fold. No more ironing. Buying non iron uniform also helps and requires less effort than standard uniform.
- I have copies of all three children’s timetables on the fridge. Therefore I know what day swimming, PE or anything else is happening.
- Have enough uniform that doesn’t require mid week washing. Five shirts per person mean that you can be set for the week ahead, same with school socks!
- For younger children have set times for practising spellings or reading. This creates routines and they are less likely to be resistance when it happens at the same time every week.
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Have I missed anything? What is your time saving school hack do let me know in comments?