How to be organised and stay calm

….when the children go back to school

I don’t know about you but it always takes me a couple of weeks to get back into the swing of dealing with all the school stuff.    Having caught up with it all, I thought I would pass on some of the organising tips I have found useful.

 1.            School letters

Check your children’s bags every night for school letters, forms etc.   Fill out any reply slips immediately and put them in the school bag for the next day.  If they relate to a trip or any other event, put it in your family diary/calendar so that you don’t forget about it.  I usually attach the info letter to the date as well so that I know what the arrangements are for that day.

2.            Day chart

Every child usually has regular days when they need to bring in PE kit, a musical instrument etc.   Trying to remember has never worked for me – I have to write it down.  So I have now created a day chart with what each child has to take with them on a particular day.   Of course, you have to make sure that you remember to check the chart!  I have it in the kitchen where I can see it but you could also blu-tac it to the front door which is what a lot of mums I know do.

3.            School bags etc

After I’ve checked the Day chart, I then make sure that anything needed for the next day is in the hall ready to go for the next morning.  All school bags, games bags etc have to be there before the children go to bed.

4.            Lunch/snack boxes

 Same as above, really.  Get out as much as possible the night before.  I always add anything I can to my son’s lunch bag (crisps, cereal bar, fruit) in the evening and also put out on the kitchen counter  my daughter’s snack box and water bottle.  Then, in the morning, I feel like I have had a head start. As soon as the lunch box etc is ready, put it straight into the child’s book bag so that you don’t forget to give it to them (which I have done in the past!).

 5.            Uniform

 Put out each child’s uniform the night before so that you know whether you have everything and also what state it is in.   It’s a good way of keeping a check on their uniform so that you can repair or replace as required.  And also for making sure they have a clean shirt or whatever.  It makes the mornings much less stressful when you don’t have to get out the ironing board at the last minute!

6.            Uniform size list

 If your child never loses their school uniform or sports kit, you don’t need to read this!  But if they do….  I have found it really helpful to have a list of both children’s school clothing & shoes with the children’s current sizes next to each individual item.  Then, if they lose something, I can easily and quickly replace it without having to take the children with me.

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