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School holidays for me are about relaxing, spending time with the kids and getting the house back into order.  Sometimes life just gets busy and cupboards get messy and piles start appearing.  Here is some inspiration for you if you are tackling any organising tasks these school holidays. How to organise the food in the […]

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  • Jaq

    Ooh wow, I simply love the space you have created for your kids bags. We keep them in their rooms and I must say I always find them on the floor, behind a door or the contents spattered in the lounge room. This is such a great use of space, we have an area very similar.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      So pleased this has inspired you Jaq, please send me a picture if you are able to create an organised space for your bags!!ReplyCancel

  • jackie arnel

    I recently ordered from your website the end of may some things from you and I am still waiting for delivery. It has been 6 weeks?? The purchase order amount has been taken out of my visa account (either 26 or 28th of May if I can recall). I am very disappointed with this service. JackieReplyCancel

    • Michelle Rayner

      Jackie, the stuff is usually an instant download, not something that gets posted out. Have you checked your emails?ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Thank you for helping MIchelle, I really appreciate it xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Jackie, I’m so sorry I”m only seeing this now, I’ve taken 2 weeks away from the computer to spend time with my kiddies over the school holidays. All my products are instant downloads, you should of been able to instantly download them after purchase, via the accounts page or via the email sent to you. Please email me via the contact form on the blog if you have troubles accessing.ReplyCancel

  • Wow!

    That is organised!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime

    I have wanted to do something similar for my kids’ school bags, i have the perfect wall spot, but for the moment at least I think they’ll have to stay on the floor – I worry about my 2yo trying to pull it off the wall!ReplyCancel

    • Cathy

      We filled in the end of a hallway with a built in cupboard with separate cubby holes for each of us – 4 kids, husband and myself. Didn’t cost too much as hubby is a carpenter but you could try IKEA. Got my idea from the childcare centre as each child had their own “cubbyhole”.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Originally I used some wooden letter hooks with 3M tape on the back, these were pulled off the wall. I then replaced the letters with this long and heavy wooden rack making sure it will forever stay on the wall. Hope you can find something suitable for your space xReplyCancel

Today is the last day of school before the school holidays start here in Queensland. I’ve been working really hard the past few weeks to take some time away from the blog to spend with the kids, I’ll pop on in the evenings once the kids are in bed to check everything is running smoothly, […]

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  • Nat Mardon

    Love it! Can I ask where the little heart magnets are from? They’re adorable!ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Walt Disney Studios Easter school holidays are upon us for most of the kiddies in Australia  which is usually a great time to do some activities/crafts, bake up a storm and/or snuggle on the couch to watch some movies, a perfect way to spend time with the kids. I’m always […]

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  • Mellie

    So cute, and perfect timing… I am planning a Disney Planes birthday party for my son next Friday! Thank you!ReplyCancel

I’m so excited today I am visiting the 1st winner of the Kia ‘Win The Organised Housewife for a Day’ competition.  So that means I have to be very organised and well planned these school holidays, it’s a very busy week as I am flying down to Sydney to visit the winner and again a […]

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Some drink bottles come with very small opening making it hard to get a sponge or a brush in there for a good clean.  Over time if a drink bottle is not cleaned properly or left for a period of time in the car or bag it can become quite slimy. A simple trick to […]

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  • Redrose

    Hi there, thats a great idea. but how do you get rid of the mold that gets built up around the the small opening?ReplyCancel

    • PookiMa

      That’s guck is so annoying and it keeps reappearing! I’ve invested in a big pack of pipe cleaners. Just bend the tip into a U shape. They’re really good for getting into the straws as well.ReplyCancel

    • Kim

      To get rid of mould on lids I soak them in Milton(used to sterilize baby bottles). You could soak the whole bottle.ReplyCancel

  • Norlin Mustapha

    Great tip!!! Never thought of that!ReplyCancel

  • Louise De Luca

    Would you be able to soak them in bleach then rinse in running water to cleanReplyCancel

    • I wouldn’t Louise, I would keep bleach well away from surfaces and products that are used for eating or drinking.ReplyCancel

      • Vanessa

        but it’s ok to put denture’s back in your mouth?ReplyCancel

  • off duty dentist

    That build up is a biofilm, like plaque on false teeth. Best way to disrupt a biofilm is to scrub it off with hot soapy water and some kind of brush. A toothbrush gets in most places. You can bend the handles if you heat the plastic to make it easier to get inside rims. Then run em through the dishwasher.ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah

    I clean plastice bottles with hot soapy water, about a tablespoon of rice, and a whole lot of shaking. It helps to get the gunk on the bottom of the bottle that is hard to reach with brushes.ReplyCancel

  • Monica

    I clean my water bottles with a bottle brush (from the baby aisle).ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Monica, i have also used the baby bottle brushes too, they work well i agree . I like to also use the denture tablets for those hard tricky places i can’t get to with a brush.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Katrina, do you know if the denture tablets can be used in steel drink bottles or just plastic? (I recently replaced all of the plastic drink bottles with steel!!!)ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Amanda, Yes they can be used in both.:)ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Stuff Masters I love sharing new and exciting products with you and I am thrilled to share this rather unique unit created by a great Aussie business called Stuff Masters.  The story behind this fab unit is beautiful… Stephen and his wife have 4 kids, Mrs Stuff was searching for […]

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  • Isobel

    What a brilliant idea! Although I don’t know if I’d have them in the hallway-as they aren’t very attractive- maybe in the garage? Extremely practical though-and a lovely story of how they came about though.ReplyCancel

    • I agree Isobel, such a sweet story and he listened to exact what his wife wanted. The garage would be the perfect place, or even in the kids bedrooms to store books and hand school uniforms from too.ReplyCancel

  • meandmyreadymadefamily

    That is such a great idea. I love how you’ve added the charts so it is like a command centre for the kids!ReplyCancel

    • It’s a great little centre, you could also remove the charts and put hooks on the side to hang their school uniforms. So many different possibilities!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly law

    Love this! wish I could get them for in the UK!ReplyCancel

    • They are very unique Kelly, I have not seen them anywhere myself either before StuffMasters contacted me and made me aware of them.ReplyCancel

  • Megan Jamieson

    These would be perfect for my two little boys, shame you can’t get them in NZ.ReplyCancel

    • Such a pity Megan, have you contacted StuffMasters, see if they can help out at all??ReplyCancel

  • Susan Potts

    These are very clever – wish I’d had these when my kids were all little. I would have them in their bedrooms next to their study desks – that way they have access to the books they have to lug to and from school.ReplyCancel

    • Susan, that’s a great idea, we were trying to decide between the front entry or next to the kids beds, we decided front entry to tidily store all the shoes and there was enough space needed.ReplyCancel

  • Cherie

    How perfect! This is exactly what we need.
    p.s. I love your girls school bags, where did you get them? :)ReplyCancel

    • Cherie, I asked them same thing when I was setting up and the reader mentioned she purchased them a few years ago from Dreamworld.ReplyCancel

  • mone

    i want one with a spot for my work bag etc as well as for the kids heheheheReplyCancel

    • that’s a great idea mone, they could be used for so many different things. If I had more room in my garage I would like them for the kids sports gear!ReplyCancel

  • Christy

    I wish my partner would let me get one of these, the front door is a jumbled mess but he doesn’t see the point. Maybe it’s because it would be used to clean his mess more than the kids lolReplyCancel

  • Celeste Thomson

    Great idea – an extra would be a small side cupboard for bats, hockey sticks etc. Gorgeous design love it.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie @ Handmade Kids

    Wow, love this idea- what a great Australian product :)ReplyCancel

  • This post is fantastic Katrina. I just love the launch pad. I am forever tripping over school bags when I walk through the door.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It is such a great unit, keeping everything beautifully tidy!ReplyCancel

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This giveaway is brought to you by ABC Reading Eggs Would you like your child to succeed at school? ABC Reading Eggs is the perfect program to provide your child with the literacy skills needed for success at school and in life. Providing a comprehensive range of online reading lessons and e-books, ABC Reading Eggs is successful because […]

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  • carmen

    My son will still be 4 for some time when he starts prep next year. I would live to give him a boost with learning his letters and sounds by using a system such as reading eggs.ReplyCancel

  • Kylei Denniss

    Entertaining her as she learns phonics… she is behind 2 years due to a school failing her. Back on track now with a diagnosis, reading eggs could make a big difference for her.

  • Anita fearnley

    It will assist my child to learn his sounds, improve his speech articulation and understand how to read and learn mathematical concepts in a smaller learning environment that is tailored to his needs. ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Jansson

    My 3.5 year old would love to be able to read his books. Although I do quite enjoy his entertaining, oulandish stories while he’s pretending to read them to me :)ReplyCancel

  • Soraya Sarcos

    My daughter is 5 and reads perfectly. She has always loved book, I guess because I read to her since she was a newborn. She likes to practice her spelling and reading new stories. She just can’t get enough of reading and learning. Reading opens doors for her and shows her different points of view which makes her more sensitive to other people and cultures.
    My twins are still to little, they are just learning to talk, but how the love books too!!!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi West

    I have been reading to my 4yo since I was pregnant (never too early to start). Early last year she was diagnosed with a severe phonological delay which means speech therapy until she is talking using the correct sounds. I never knew ABC Reading Eggs existed until I saw the free trial on your web page the other day. We have used the free trial and tis amazing. We sit there together and are going through all the sounds which helps as the more she hears things correctly the better. I don’t need her to read (that would be a bonus), just hearing and being encouraged to use correct sounds is sooooooo beneficial to her and us. The other bonus is that she doesn’t even realise it is helping her as its fun, unlike the homework from the speech therapist which she knows is work no matter how fun we try to make it.ReplyCancel

  • Pernilla Hokanson

    My daughter is 4 y/o and so ready for Prep. She’s enjoying the 4 week trial at the moment. Would be lovely to see her blossom even further as the cost of Reading Eggs is out of our league.ReplyCancel

  • cassie

    My foster child has come into our care two years behind the developmental age of her peers. We are trying to improve her literacy and this trial could help us know if she would enjoy the program and we could continue the subscription. ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Day

    My daughter is infatuated with books and tries to read to herself…. Reading is just part of our daily routine, so a subscription to reading eggs would be icing on the cake for my daughter’s little sponge of a brain!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie86

    My daughter is 3 and is really enjoying learning her letters! We decided not to send her to kindergarten this year for social reasons but we still want to encourage her first steps towards education at home. I believe reading eggs is a wonderful and engaging way to help her take these first steps with phonics and letter recognition.ReplyCancel

  • Renata

    I would love to incorporate reading eggs in my homeschool. :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    This little chook,
    She loves her books,
    And her learning is ready to hatch.
    Reading eggs, I am sure,
    Would be the perfect match.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Byrnes

    Reading Eggs is awesome. I have purchased the program at different stages for my 4 older children. But now money is tight. I have had to put options like this into the Luxury category, and at the moment there is nothing to spend on luxuries. But I would love to be able to give my 3 nearly 4 year old the opportunity to give it a go. Being the 5th child she has developed much quicker than the other children and gets frustrated that she can’t read already. I know this would be an awesome help for her.ReplyCancel

  • Sharyn

    I have been a teacher for 40 years and have used reading Eggs very successfully. My grandson was born with a cleft lip and has been slow to talk. Reading Eggs would give him a huge lift in self confidence and just the boost he needs before he starts school.ReplyCancel

  • Tara

    I believe it will help foster a love for learning in our homeschool environment for my two children. It will also help teach them valuable computer skills.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a great prize like this one. (And finally, one that is for Aussies only. lol) :)ReplyCancel

  • Janet

    R eading
    E ggs will
    A ssist my
    D arling by making reading
    I nteresting and give them the encouragement they
    N eed to keep
    G oing.
    E xcellent, I think it will be an excellent tool to help my child develop
    G reat reading skills and will be
    G ood for me to have something else to use when helping to teach – will help keep my
    S anity!ReplyCancel

  • Venita

    I would love to give my son this opportunity. He has been sick from birth with chronic kidney/liver disease and chronic lung disease and requires to travel to see Specialists at least every 4 weeks – he has just started school and having a program like this would be amazing – we could continue using it when he is unable to attend school and is in hospital etc. The one thing we want to keep on top of is reading – the school don’t care how much school he misses just so long as we can work on reading outside of school. After all, if you can’t read – it will affect everything else. This would be such a blessing for him.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    my son (5) has only just begun to overcome significant hearing issues following surgery late last year which has affected his attention span, speech and learning via audio. these eggs I’m sure would be just the thing to help him catch up with the other kids in his year by engaging his attention and making learning fun.ReplyCancel

  • Leeanne P

    My daughter would really benefit from reading eggs-she missed the school cut off age by 2 days this year so she is very keen to learn letters and words yet she is in Kindy for another year.ReplyCancel

  • rachel

    My daughter has just started kindy but has had to have speech therapy since she was 1yr old! The therapist has said she has caught up mostly but she still struggles a little with saying her letter sounds. I know this is going to make it harder for her to sound out letters and words and learn to read. Reading eggs will provide her with extra support in a fun and engaging manner to ensure she doesn’t fall behind due to her struggles- and all the while she will think she is playing games! :)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Reading eggs has helped my 2 older children to read and now my baby is 5 it is his turn!ReplyCancel

  • Carly Carroll

    My little boy cannot read
    This prize may well just plant the seed
    Reward, encourage and be fun
    It’ll help him become number one ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    Our little one has just started the Reading Eggs trial and is loving it. I think reading is an important part of childhood & I’m hoping my little ones will have the same love of reading that I do. Fingers crossed Reading Eggs will help kick start that love :)ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    As one of the youngest in his kinder class, reading eggs will give my son an extra boost to keep up with his peers and keep up his self-confidence and love of learning!ReplyCancel

  • Christine

    We’d love to win a subscription to reading eggs. Why will it help my child read? He is a visual learner and reading eggs is set out so beautifully. Boys are often reluctant readers so I think reading eggs will give him confidence and help to instill a love of reading.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Reading Eggs could help my daughter as she has a great imagination, books and reading would just make that magic grow!ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    I would love to win this for a Grade 6 student I teach. He is a refugee and has no English, so it would be a great way for him to listen to reading and build his vocabulary.ReplyCancel

  • Katie Bull

    My son Archie has just started Prep and I believe reading eggs would be the perfect program to help him recognise letters and build strategies which will ultimately lead him to learn how to read.ReplyCancel

  • Vyktoria

    We would love to win this subscription for our Miss 3.5 as she is an avid reader and storyteller and sadly we don’t have as much time to read to her as much as we did before her new baby brother was born. This would especially help me while I’m breastfeeding to keep big sis occupied :DReplyCancel

  • Nicole Kent

    ‘Reading Eggs’ for little miss 4
    For reading, maths, spelling and more
    Get her ready for school to come
    Start at home with help from mum!ReplyCancel

  • feline1981

    I have 3 small girls who would love this. My 6 year old loves the iPad and loves to read- great combo! She has taught our 3 year old to read a bit and is now wanting to teach the 2 year old to read! What a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie d'Arbon

    My middle boy has just started kindy. He’s obsessed with computers and we are struggling to get him to take an interest in anything besides Minecraft. His screen time has been severely limited to encourage him to do other stuff. We take him outside and show him the world. He gets to go camping and boating. He gets to ride horses. He has a small sister and a big brother to play with. I offer him paint and paper and colourful, messy things to do. All to no avail. He just flops around the house, moaning piteously, wailing and gnashing his teeth. Apparently he has nothing to do inside (despite a room full of Lego, craft stuff, Star Wars action figures and other cool things – sigh). Reading Eggs would show him that you can use the computer for learning AND it can be fun. It will (hopefully) get his mind out of the Minecraft world and into the literary world. He can read about adventurous children that go outside and don’t melt in the sunlight. He needs Reading Eggs. I need Reading Eggs! For pity’s sake, give us Reading Eggs!!!! Save us from floppy, sulky kindy boys…argh!ReplyCancel

  • Kristie Crawford-Ferguson

    It’s quite difficult to find an Australian phonics program and app. my miss 4 loves story time this would her help learn the basics.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Ribbans

    Computers, phones and tablets
    Have made ours an electronic age.
    (Though if you ask me,
    nothing beats turning a real page).

    Harnessing the kids interest
    In the gadgets at hand,
    I can secretly teach them
    To become readers so grand.

    Encouraging a love of reading
    Using fun stories, games and song
    With our Reading Eggs program
    We just can’t go wrong!ReplyCancel

  • April P

    My son is in Prep, he enjoys school and is making friends, l want to help him as much as l can, l know the ABC reading program would help him, it is a very good teaching program, l would love to see my son confident in reading.ReplyCancel

  • TajKai

    Mr 5 has just begun Kindy. He can read most letters, but is not yet making the connection between letters and words.

    He’s hungry to learn!

    I’m also hungry for him to learn … there are only so many times I can read him his favourite bedtime story ‘Do pirates have wobbly teeth?’ without falling asleep myself.

    Reading Eggs with their fun learning methods, graded learning and rewards for achievements have everything my son needs to maintain his interest and motivation in becoming a proficient reader.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gray

    To fill in the gap between what is learnt at school and what I know to teach at home, Reading Eggs would be a fantastic tool to ensure my daughter gets the best possible start and hopefully not struggle at all.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Corbett

    My 6 year old son who has ADHD and sensory processing disorder would really benefit from a program like this. He is keen to learn but is often distracted in the class room, so something he can do at home (like this) would really help his reading skills.ReplyCancel

At the beginning of this Back to School Series I asked what topics you would like me to write about, there were quite a few readers asking for tips on how to help high school kids, organise study time and their desks.  As I don’t have teenagers myself I put the call out for somebody […]

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This is a guest post by Sara from From Baby to Kids 10 tips to help parents get organised for school Ensure you buy all the required items that each child needs for school early on as often the shops will sell out early. Some of the things they will need are lunchbox, school uniform, […]

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  • Amy

    Great tips! I have most of these covered but will implement a few more before my big boy heads off to kindy.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Shame the promo code expired yesterday :(ReplyCancel

  • Thash

    Thank you SO much Katrina – my little girl starts Prep next Tuesday and I am nervous and am terrified that I’ll forget something. I’m excited for her and she is excited to start Prep and is happy to go off to meet new friends so that part’s all good. Just want to say Thank you SO much for this post :)ReplyCancel

    • Good luck, it’s the first morning that’s the hardest!ReplyCancel

      • Thash

        Thank you – just went through it and she seemed fine – can’t wait til 3 already!ReplyCancel

  • This is fabulous. Our 5 year old starts on Wednesday, will be sure to try some of these strategies. Michelle @

I love a BBQ Chook bread roll, it’s a quick and easy lunch to make the family.  However they are too expensive to have often and high in fat, but I have found an alternative.  I purchase a kilogram of chicken breast (it’s cheaper from the supermarket deli than packaged in the meat section), poach […]

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It’s now one week here in Queensland until the kids return to school.  In our household today is the day we start to return to our regular routine, no more sleeping in till late and we make sure the kids go to bed at a reasonable hour. Routine has played a very big part in […]

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  • Meg J Supel

    Hi Kat,
    Just wondering whether it’s possible to get the “Have you packed” in place of the “After school routine” in the bundle?ReplyCancel

  • Terri

    Hi Kat,
    Just an FYI that the link for “visit shop for purchase” right at the bottom of this post has a 401 error. Cheers,

This is a guest post by Mona author of The Lunchbox Revolution The school lunchbox is one of the hottest topics when it comes time to get the kids organised to go back to school.  My goal is to take some of the stress out of your morning rush and help you pack a lunch […]

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  • Deb Horne

    The lunch ideas look great! I also love the idea of sorting lunch out on the Sunday WITH the kids :)ReplyCancel

  • meandmyreadymadefamily

    I am so glad you did this guest post! They are some great ideas to involve kids in packing their lunches. Because lets face it. If they don’t have a say they probably won’t eat them!!ReplyCancel

    • It’s amazing what kids will do if they can be involved in the process!ReplyCancel

  • […] The Organised Housewife with some tips for packing a healthy lunchbox. […]ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Some solid and useful information, thank you.
    I’m going to be a little controversial here. Let me begin by saying I have every respect for parents who go to the time and expense of investing in wholesome food and quality containers etc I have put 3 step children through the school routine and still have my youngest 3 in school. It is my experience that particularly where money is tight it is better to feed them well at home where you know how much they really eat. The 4 pm snack attack is a great time to “dose them up” on fruit/ veg and wholefoods. Sending them to school with brown rice is ok if you know they love it, however if they are unsure their peers will be happy to tell them it is “yuck” etc. “Sweet” treats – Favourite fruits
    “savoury” nibbles – crackers, cheese, dips, sandwiches, wraps, muffins.
    Presentation is important, what will it look like after it is shaken, tipped upside down, exposed to temperature variations etc. Is it going to be safe to eat?
    Is that $10 container going to go missing in week one? Sometimes a “disposable” water bottle with stickers to personalize it outlasts and out wins against the $15 brand name one. Is it cute for them, or you?
    Just some things to think about :)ReplyCancel

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  • Jules_040

    It is very important to have children’s lunch boxes labelled- with so many allergies these days ReplyCancel

    • Guest

      Pencils! As a teacher I’ve borrowed student’s pencils before and forgotten who I borrowed it off!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Sing

    On her first day of Kinder I will be labelling everything including my daughter. I definitely want her back!ReplyCancel

  • MrsH

    Definitely drink bottles! For health reasons… Can’t have the little ones sharing drink bottles with everyone else at kindy! ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Jorgensen

    Drink bottles! At some schools children have to put their drink bottles in a class box and if there’s a couple that are the same!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Lunch items, I use containers for rubbish free lunches and even with labels they don’t always all make it home (accidentally go home with wrong person who then keep forgetting to bring back in the mad morning rush) which becomes a very expensive exercise.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Kitching

    Knickers! As my daughter gets them mixed up with her friends when changing for sport!ReplyCancel

  • Elayine

    Hats, hats are compulsory at our school or no play at recess and lunch. My 3 are forever losing theirs despite having 2 each. The labels would make them much easier to return to us.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    Socks! I have two children in identical school socks…except for the size. Without labels on them I’d be lost.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Hill

    Water Bottles. Living in the Far north they need to be hydrated. Somehow the water bottles always go missing.ReplyCancel

  • AnnieB

    Shoes! Especially at Daycare/Kindy age when they come off the kids feet almost immediatelyReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Davies

    Water bottles are a must. The kids love having their own bottle labeled with their own nam on it.

  • Abbie Uebergang

    Being a teacher, I think clearly labelled drink bottles are very important. Little people don’t always remember which bottle they brought with them and they often get misplaced. ReplyCancel

  • Jayme

    Show and share items. ReplyCancel

  • Bree

    Their school bags, especially with a parents phone number, just incase the child gets lost with their bag! The adult that finds them will have a number to call. ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Kirk

    Pencils! As a teacher I’ve often borrowed pencils from students and forgotten whose they were!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Goddard

    Hats of course as they inevitably get lost and I know which is theirs when I search lost property!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    Anything! I can always rely on the fact one of my children will leave something behind – having it named means there’s a better chance of getting it back!ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Everything the kids take to school should be named as inevitably something will be lost.ReplyCancel

  • Shazibell

    The school bag, if that gets lost everything could be gone!ReplyCancel

  • Kayla

    Lunch boxes. I don’t know how many times my son has come home from school without his lunch box!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Tupperware containers! I don’t want to lose any of mine :)ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Blackmore

    Anything you want back, kids have a short attention span and once they put it down or take it off its often forgottenReplyCancel

  • Patty Brannan

    Everything! If you want to make sure that it is going to come back to the right house, it definately needs a label. Its important to label lunch boxes for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Bec R

    Definitely the drink bottles! So many children have the same onesReplyCancel

  • Bianca

    My toddler … Shes got to be labelled, her stuff, her shoes, everything cause we always loose somethingReplyCancel

  • Sarah S.

    As the mother of a child who would ‘lose her head if it wasn’t screwed on’ I recommend labeling everything they take out the house. Not just items for school or kindy, but also sports equipment, books, hats and shoes they wear at home & to friends houses. And reading glasses, sunglasses and glasses cases too.ReplyCancel

  • ann

    My mind because I am forever losing it trying to find all those things I put in a safe place.ReplyCancel

  • FJ

    My children! If they can’t prove they’re mine at the end of the day, I may not let them back in the house or feed them.ReplyCancel

  • Pip Giltay

    School hats, they are the most prone to getting lost as the are putting them on and taking them off all the timeReplyCancel

  • Jenna Priest

    Everything should be labelled but especially the school bag. Hats, drink bottles, lunch boxes should be labelled for sanitary reasons.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel K

    Our toddler!! A rampaging run away. Last year staying for the first school morning assembly gathering – she tore free of me, joined the ranks of 100s of kids and stood with them for 5 minutes. After an impromptu announcement on the loud speaker she managed to run free of the hoard of kids, through the crowd of mums and teachers (with me in hot pursuit) and ended up in one of the Kindy classrooms. Any longer on her own and I’m sure she would have managed to re-essemble the Kindy art equipment and bookcase. Oh lordy, sometimes I wish I had those electronic ankle bracelet alarm so I could hone in on her whereabouts in an instant.ReplyCancel

  • steph

    Your kid……you may want want someone to return them…..ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Koopmans

    My children! They are my most precious “possession” xReplyCancel

  • lauren

    My Tupperware … have made the mistake of sending it to daycare unlabelled & haven’t seen it since :(
    Have since bought a heap of cheap containers from Big W and gone label crazy, labelling it all!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Our water bottles – ensures they will return home with us (instead of continually buying replacements) and the kids love having their own bottle with a cool label on it!ReplyCancel

  • Richelle Egan

    Mobile phone: if you leave it somewhere, it’s very hard for the lovely honest person trying to get it back to you to work out whose it is.ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Rock

    the kids school jumpers, they are always the first thing to go missing and also the most expensive!ReplyCancel

  • Annette

    You should label school hats as these are expensive and can only be returned if it’s Atleast got a name on it to start with! ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    “Nothing” should leave the house unlabelled – If lost it can be returned and/or all allergies are noted for others reference :)ReplyCancel

  • Elissa

    School Jumpers definitely! They are taken on and off regularly, and there is nothing worse then this item going missing!ReplyCancel

  • mareea

    Definitely school hats! School clothes as well. We have lost a few items from craft or swimming days at school. Hats are always being left behind, and they are not cheap to replace.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Grimmer

    Everything but the kitchen sink!! ????ReplyCancel

  • Zoe

    School socks!! They are expensive to buy and I hate getting back eveyone elses crappy wholey socks. YukReplyCancel

  • Di

    Hubbies lunch! I’m as sick of hearing him whine about it getting stolen from the work fridge, as he is having it nicked from him every other day!! Talk about rude!!ReplyCancel


    Balls, especially expensive leather basketballs that ‘must’ be taken to school for play time so he can practice with his friends.ReplyCancel

  • Mr ED.

    Schoolbags. With them all looking the same, definitely a label that stands out. My daughter was horrified last year when she came home with someone else’s bag, not that she had their bag but that someone else had hers and all her precious things inside of it.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Leanne

    Everything that leaves the house should have a label on it – even husband who tends to get the wanders up after a few beverages!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah De Geeter

    Drink bottles should have a label as some kids have the same drink bottleReplyCancel

  • Carmen Maughan

    Tupperware! It’s really expensive but great quality and good for the environment. I love my Tupperware and always make sure it’s labelled.ReplyCancel

  • AmberB

    Shoes. Kids wear the same styles so it is easy for them to go missing. I hate having to replace them as they are not cheap.ReplyCancel

  • Kyla

    Containers and drink bottles!ReplyCancel

  • Denike

    Drink bottles for sure, shoes and bags :)ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Rock

    There once were two ‘Broome-kids’, so hot
    That their shoes they often forgot
    Poor mum was distraught
    So shoe labels she bought,
    And now the ‘missing-shoe-problem’ is not!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Patterson

    The expensive ($95) compulsory school jumperReplyCancel

  • Amanda A

    Drink bottles! I like to put name labels on bottles so that even a toddler can recognise which one is theirs (the labels with pictures help!). Less drink sharing at kindy hopefully means less germs coming home.ReplyCancel

  • Kasey E

    School hat, as they all are the same & we really don’t want to share….NITS!eeekReplyCancel

  • Jaa

    Swim goggles. Wrapping a long label around strap always ensures our googles are returned when left behind (often,;-). )

  • Kristina S

    Anything allergy related. Very importantReplyCancel

  • Karina Wong

    My lunch box so no one steals my food at work!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Molineux

    My son’s Tupperware sandwich box, because they are an expensive item to replace!ReplyCancel

  • Abby Lee

    Hubby’s socks as nobody would want to accidently pick them up!ReplyCancel

  • Gemma Westacott Blair

    Shoes!! My son once came home with a ‘pair’ of shoes… Problem was the left fit, but right shoe was about three sizes too big! Who knows how he and his friend didn’t notice the mix up! Took a surprisingly long and painful time to find the friend he’d mixed them up with.
    Never again! We’ve got Stuck on You’s shoe dots now! ReplyCancel

  • Denise

    Crayons and pencils!!! Both my girls let friends just disappear with them…I want them back!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Stone

    The kids underwear and hairbrush should not leave the home unlabelled because often when they go swimming with the school they are in a rush to get changed and I cannot imagine anything worse than accidently putting on someone else’s. Also using someone else’s hairbrush increases the risk of getting NITS. Labels would save the day, and our sanity.ReplyCancel

  • cbusch

    my kids take their drink bottles with water in everywhere but are always leaving them so I am always searching keeping an eye on them wherever we go at least if labelled friends return :)ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Danny Stubbs

    School hat. Everyone has the same hat at our school and most days I find my daughters hat in someone else’s bag, so labelling is a must :)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Brown

    My boys undies! They seem to love to drop them and go commando – There’s nothing more embarrassing than the ” whose undies are these?” question.ReplyCancel

  • sonya blyton

    Drink Bottles, OMG we go through so many because once they are left at school I throw them away, because it makes my skin crawl that maybe other kids are drinking from each other’s drink bottles just because they arnt labeled :/ ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I’m sure to find out as we start school with our eldest.ReplyCancel

  • Mellyp81

    School jumpers. I swear my kids have lost maybe 10-15? Over it!

  • kookla123

    Labelling school hats is a must
    For the simple reason I can’t trust
    My daughters to remember the hat they lay
    Here and there as they play!ReplyCancel

  • Liz B

    The kids! To make sure the little darlings return home….no seriously the school jumpers…our weather is so variable in Melbourne that the jumpers are on-off-on-off-on-off and get left lying around everywhere – good sturdy labels are essential.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    The formal winter jumper ($50 +) in the past two years my eldest has “lost” two. Guess I can’t sew it on him…lolReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    I labelled everything last year and can’t think of anything we lost but now I can’t find the labels! Need to buy more PLEASE :-)ReplyCancel

  • ardentwhispers

    Anything going to school! Somehow they never seem to make it back in the end.ReplyCancel

  • Woo-Hwa Han

    My children and their belongings are seemed not to be attached each other unless the stickers on!!ReplyCancel

  • Margot Hunt

    EVERYTHING!!! It’s good to know if something gets lost (or forgotten), it can make it back to the owner. My daughter forgets anything and everything – we’ve got most of it back (so far)…ReplyCancel

  • Barbara letts

    Everything belonging to my 91 year old dad. Just like school, things have a habit of disappearing in Aged Care facilities.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Docwra

    With the anticipation of my daughter starting school, I purchased labels for her drink bottle and lunch boxes, but as I read through the other comments I realise I need a bazillion more labels so her name is on EVERYTHING. Oh gosh I’m such an amatuer.ReplyCancel

  • julie

    WHAT SHOULD NOT LEAVE THE HOME UNLABELLED & WHY? As a child…. your underwear. There is nothing more embarrassing after a swimming lesson that someone comes up to the teacher and tells her that their is underwear left in the boys or girls toilets. The teacher then asks someone to retrieve it and then holds it up in front of the children, all lined up ready to go back to school… and calls out ‘girls/boys……… if you are missing your underwear can you please come and collect it from me.’ Children call out who they believe owns it but…. no one ever retrieves it!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Edwards

    everything!!! mostly pencils and waterbottles. My daughter loses her pencils all the time.. and waterbottles, between school and sport they always go missing,, but if its labelled it always come back to me!ReplyCancel

  • Lea

    I agree that EVERYTHING needs a label when your children start school – but most importantly is their water bottle and school hat!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tri

    You should never leave home without the KIDS being labelled!!…no really, the most important thing to be labelled is their hats and drink bottles :)ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    I always label my TUPPERWARE! I got labels for the kids stuff (I’d never send Tupperware to school!) but then decided I needed my own for my Tupperware! So I got some…and now I don’t worry about sending cakes/meals to friends in Tupperware because I know it will come back!ReplyCancel

  • lindsey

    Lunchboxes and coats because they are easily lost and hard to find without labelingReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    Probably the kids!
    That aside, I’d say label your mobile with an alternate contact and name. Even if your phone is found and handed in, if it’s got a security code or the battery goes flat, no one will be able to find out WHO to contact to return it.
    Ditto other electronic devices.ReplyCancel

  • Jenni Williams

    Drink bottles I feel must be named before leaving the house as it is amazing how my children seem to come home with ones they didn’t leave home with!! Also Tupperware – too expensive to lose!ReplyCancel

  • tracey1507

    my boys – seriously, I think I should label them. Had to take my 4 yr old to toilet mid grocery shop so asked the lady at front desk if I could leave my trolley there for later. Yep, no problem, I headed out the door, looked back and realised I’d left my 2yr old sitting in the trolley seat. Doh!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Willis

    Everything but definitely their school jumper/jacket and hats little people are notorious for taking these off at recess and lunch and forgetting about them! $70 for school jumpers at my school certainly can’t afford to keep buying them!ReplyCancel

  • Kerryanne Bourke

    Everything that hubby takes to work! its not the kids who loose things its always hubby! especially the knives and forks not to mention my containers!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Maree Visioli

    Lunch – sounds strange, but with all the great recipes I have been able to cook from this site I have found that my son comes home with a variety of empty lunch boxes asking if i can put a roll up sandwich and sweet treat in for his friends. The record last term was five lunch boxes – all accompanied by phone calls from mothers who hope I don’t mind. I don’t, and I then put them onto your wonderful site. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Kym Maloney

    Anything that leaves your home that a member of your family is likely to take off, put down, use or leave behind at any place – whether it be visiting friends, going to care, school, work or shops, or participating in hobbies, sports or other activities!! We label everything – shoes, drink bottles, bags, lunch boxes, food containers, hats, shirts, underwear, jumpers, bathers, towels, goggles, sunglasses, reading glasses, sports equipment, craft equipment, cameras, even favourite toys. Why? Because it is too expensive to replace items and too embarrassing to have to ask for and collect them when you’ve lost them (or own up to them)!ReplyCancel

  • purplebeans

    kids drink bottles. They are always putting them down in the middle of play and its not uncommon for other kids to have the same ones.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I just would go crazy with those labels, they would be on everything, but especially the kids hats and jumpers, they always get left behind! I wonder if there’s a way I can label my kids too…ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    The school hats must be labelled. Kids might be infested with head lice because of wearing others’ hats. It’s downright annoying.ReplyCancel

  • Christie

    Anything purchased from school uniform shops!
    I have spent a small fortune on proper school items,(and I am all for my kids to wear) so far in kindy we have replaced 2 x $55 jackets and up to our 2nd Hat!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda.lewis

    The kids daycare items, nothing.worse.than the kids coming home with someone elses dummy or bottle. The labels are awesome my oldest kid who’s 11still has things that have had the labelling on them for 10years. Best labels around :-)

  • Shontel Ashurst

    Socks! I never thought about labelling socks until I lost 3 pairs lol I am the queen of labels, well so I thought, I remembered the drink bottle, the clothes, sheets, hat and shoes but forgot the socks!ReplyCancel

  • TajKai

    The kids special toys and treasured posessions;
    The things they love so much they want to take them to school to show their friends;
    The things they will cry over if they don’t come home.

    I need to label to save their tears.ReplyCancel

  • Lidya Yulianti

    Every time we go to toys shop, I always fear that they’ll think we stole their goods because we always bring his mega bloks cart from home – the only way to get him to not run to the escalator (he’s fascinated with those moving steps). We sticked so many name labels on it and I even wrote his name with sharpie just in case the labels gone missing as he likes to peel them off.ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    Cd’s and DVD’s, the kids ones especially! They lend them to friends and they are impossible to identify as ours and get back. Clearly labelled and there is no argument as to who the owner is when we try to get them back :)ReplyCancel

  • Leila Matthews

    Every clothing item my children wear to school, including scungies as they have gone missing before.
    at home we need to label drink bottles so the children don’t argue over which one is theirs even though they are all different colours!ReplyCancel

  • Holly Holford

    Everything my child owns! As a busy family we rely on family and my little girls father to help with school pick ups and looking after her on student free days and holidays – We lose so many of our clothes, toys, bags and shoes due to her being between 4 different places. Things get left behind all the time, so labels help us to identify what is ours and are less likely to be left at someone elses house.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda R

    All school uniform items, it gets hot and they take off their jackets or they go into the classroom and take off their hats – its too easy to lose things or have other kids take it accidentallyReplyCancel

  • BellaB

    My son’s cochlear implants – firstly, he can’t hear a thing without them, so it’s urgent that they find their way back to us quickly if they ever get lost. And secondly, they cost a small fortune if we have to replace them!ReplyCancel

  • K_E_L

    Lunch boxes! We lost five (yep!) in one year due to mummy being lazy and labelling with a ‘permanent’ marker :(ReplyCancel

  • Mandy T

    Items kids take in for show and tell – always good to know if the ‘owner’ of that item is @ the end of the day!ReplyCancel

  • Suzie

    Anything that can come off your child should be labelled! Not only do the children take things off and walk away, but it is easy for other children to think it is theirs! Especially if it looks in better condition than theirs!ReplyCancel

  • Felicity

    Anything the kids take to school: pencils, textas, drink bottles, lunch box, clothing, hats, shoes, bag, pencil case, glue sticks, rubber, USB, head phones, ruler, library bag, books and special toys your kids may want to play with during recess/lunch.ReplyCancel

  • Lara

    Water bottles!! At sporting events it is so easy to set one down and think you’ll remember where yours is til it’s time to go home!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Archer

    Anything you *don’t* want to come home – or am I the only parent who dreams of the ugly hat, the beloved but leaky bottle, the stained zip up jumper not coming home? I label stuff – it disappears. Unlabelled, it’s always coming home.ReplyCancel

  • Chris

    Umbrella’s!! How something so big and so obvious and so use only occasionally can go walk about so easily, I have no idea!ReplyCancel

  • Linda C

    Knowing all my daughters school supplies are named gives me peace of mind knowing they will find their way back.ReplyCancel

  • Smilie2601

    I’ve learnt from personal experience I confess,

    Needed to call NRMA that caused embarrassment and unnecessary

    The kids were rummaging through my handbag,

    If I knew what was to happen I would have labelled with a
    secure tag,

    My 1 year old was happily playing with my car keys,

    No Tantrum! Tears; I completed my groceries with ease!

    When it was time to unload the groceries in the car,

    I discovered that I couldn’t venture far,

    The car keys we searched high and low,

    NOW I have the keys labelled with my name, number, address
    and a BIG pink bow!

    [email protected]ReplyCancel

    • kellie

      don’t know that i’d put your address on keys for security reasonsReplyCancel

  • laureneve

    Water bottles, it’s so important due to health risks to have names on bottles.ReplyCancel

  • Skye

    Lunch box lids! They seem to have legs. I always add my mobile onto the kids’ labels too so that no matter where we are, someone kind may think to return them to us.ReplyCancel

  • Nic

    Jumpers and raincoats!!! They never come home!ReplyCancel

  • Anita Pender

    For me we can’t leave home without lunchbox and drink bottles labeled. We always seem to leave stuff behind and with names we always get it back!ReplyCancel

  • hayley

    Both my boys comfort blankets!!!!!! They MUST come home with us lolReplyCancel

  • rachael

    A drink bottle and school jumper. My 7yo always plays on the oval after school and leaves his drink bottle and jumper on the oval.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten W

    My identical twin daughters. Because noone can ever tell them apart!ReplyCancel

  • Bronwyn Bosomworth

    USB’s and expensive calculators definitely need labelling, unfortunately teenagers underestimate the cost and there are many tears when their important school assignments are lost on the missing USB.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Stringer

    Everything!! With a little boy who loves to kick off his shoes, his hat and drop his bag to explore this awesome world… You’ll usually see me, his shadow… Collecting everything behind him!! Lol!!ReplyCancel

  • xxRebeccaxx

    Definitely my toddler’s favourite teddybear – I hate to think what bedtime would be like if Mr Jenkins ever went missing!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Fernee

    Twinkle,Twinkle,Little Star My Children’s Schoolbags Leaving Home Without labels Would be the most disastrous loss by far!ReplyCancel

  • Vikki Ooink

    My child :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gray

    Kids like to lose things!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola James

    My grand-daughter’s blankie, the meltdown that would ensue if it was lost, would be unbearable for all concerned!ReplyCancel

  • Tessa

    Everything, From clothing-Hats, Jumpers, Shirts, Shorts, Undies, Socks and Shoes
    School/Kinder Items – Pens, Pencils, Books, Bags, Drink Bottles, Lunch Boxes, Comfort Toys,
    Pretty much anything that walks out that door on your child’s beingReplyCancel

  • Carmen Oliver

    school hats – they are all the same and are put on and off throughout the day – so easy to loose!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Corbett

    School jackets. We paid $70 for our sons jacket for it to go missing after a couple of weeks.ReplyCancel

  • LilMiss Kibby

    NOTHING should leave the home unlabelled…with 4 kids replacing things can be a costly exercise!ReplyCancel

  • Tate

    Anything that can be removed from either her school bag or on her body. If these are not labelled, they will be taken by someone else. Happens every year.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Sedgewick

    Socks! Because it’s bad enough when they get lost in the washing machine let alone outside the house!ReplyCancel

  • tanya clarke

    Everything! Bag, books, stationary and especially school uniform. Uniforms are not cheap!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Ford

    the childrens school hats … I have lots so so many hatsReplyCancel