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{BACK TO SCHOOL} Getting ready, organising labels + giveaway

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang Now that the rush of Christmas is over its time to start preparing for the kids return back to school.  Even though they don’t start for another few weeks, you will need all this time to cover books, name bookpack items, label everything, prepare the uniforms and so much […]

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  • Madeleine Driver

    I will have to label my daughters ear phones :-)ReplyCancel

  • Daniela

    My sons cars…. All 126 of them. He was taking them to preschool and there were so many I couldn’t tell which ones were actually his anymore!! (But of corse he knew if one went missing!)ReplyCancel

  • Rhiannon Guess

    Fruit, my child’s kept going missing, once I wrote his name on it everyday magically it stayed in his bag until it was time for fruitoReplyCancel

  • Bec

    I’ve labelled my son…on his arm with a marker when we’ve been out at a fair for the day!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Harding

    Years ago, my sons nappies. The day care he was at would continually use up ours on other children so I named each and every one as I sent the bag in and magically I wasn’t needing to buy more every week!ReplyCancel

  • I think Labels are essential, I have even used markets to write my phone number on my daughters hand on busy field trips.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Cocks

    My eldest is starting pre-prep this year so we need to start labelling everything. From my teaching experience I have found the things that are hardest to identify for little kids are undies, socks and hair ties/scrunchies etc…always the things that are left with no owners…so they are definitely some of the most important/strangest things to label!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    Glasses… One for every child in the house-to prevent the school holiday 36 glass sink pileup!ReplyCancel

  • Mickey Jenkins

    I was a nanny for a little girl i had to label her underpants so when she went swim lessons they didn’t get lost or mixed up.lolReplyCancel

  • laura swinfield

    lids on everything .. not just containers its the lids too or both wont come home .. so annoyingReplyCancel

  • Sonya Holden

    My step-sons beybladesReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    Probably her tooth fairy box – she had a very wobbly tooth and wanted to put it straight in the bid if it fell out at school! ReplyCancel

  • Guest

    Hats and shoes! Daughter can never manage to keep hers on- let alone remember where she put them!ReplyCancel

  • Well where do you start – everything that goes into the school bag needs a label – I’ve found even their food needs a label these days!!!ReplyCancel

  • the home phone and a clock up up on a wall? dont ask me why….ReplyCancel

  • I like to label my electrical cords.ReplyCancel

  • cass

    my own kids… three running different directions and two not talking… labelling with my number gave a peace of mind for that just incaseReplyCancel

  • Keys – how funny – that we need to label the keys because we have so many of them !!! Also everything that has to go to school, and I a mean EVERYTHING !!!ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Rock

    hair ties because my girls argue over which ones are whos, ridiculous!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Lee

    I had to label a bag of ice that was for show & share. Even though I assured the teacher I didn’t want or need it back, they wouldn’t allow me to leave it without a label!ReplyCancel

  • Definitely underwear for school – in my opinion there shouldn’t be a reason my child should have their underwear OFF in order for it to be misplaced??ReplyCancel

  • My sons library bag, homemade reversible bag with a gorgeous dinosaur print on it.ReplyCancel

  • Hairclips, they never seem to come home…..ReplyCancel

  • Trina

    Socks, at the centre there are always missing socks

  • Megan McCormick

    Flannelette nappies! My son used these as “ruggies” when he was little, labelling reduced confusion at childcare.ReplyCancel

  • Shannan

    My daughter got me to label everyone’s plate and cup at her birthday party with a Dymo.. Wasn’t enough to just have placecards! She’s an anal little thing already! :PReplyCancel

  • Susan

    I had to label my son’s teddy bear for daycare. I ended up making a really long label with a label maker and wrapping it around it’s neck like a collar. Worked a treat!ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    Last year for prep swimming I labelled my daughters ear rings ! I thought maybe she might take them out and loose them :-)ReplyCancel

  • Leona

    The plastic beach toys!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    MY CHILDREN!!!…..When we go to a large public event I write my mobile number on their arms so they can be returned if lost :-)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie sartori

    Every year I label my kids when we head of to the Perth royal show.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Chapman

    Trying to label reading glasses on the cheap.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    My first child is off to school soon so i will be taking all the above comments on board. I will definitely be labelling her hair clips as they can only wear school coloured hair accessories and her hair clips are always disappearing!ReplyCancel

  • I once labelled my socks in highschool. Not because I lost them but because my five-years-younger brother, he of the enormous feet, kept stealing them then wandering outside on red clay in them.

    (labelling didn’t work, sadly)ReplyCancel

  • piece of ribbion my child took everywhere.ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    Undies and socks when my daughter has swimming at school – every sock looks the same!!ReplyCancel

  • socks….my hubbie always steals mine (don’t worry they are black!). I sew a little star on them in coloured cottonReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    I have been known to label my daughter for kinder/school excursions.ReplyCancel

  • Happy Housewife

    My child’s teddy bear. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jacinta

    I label my children when we go to places that have huge crowds. I write my phone number either on their arm, or if i’ve been organised I write it on a bandaid then put it on their armReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Strangest thing would have to be a bottle of nailpolish when we brought in our own each to a party.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Flavel

    EVERYTHING when my son went to Sydney on his own last year for the Australian Gymnastics championships. He was only 9 and in the first day, he lost his phone, room key, event pass AND silver medal!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy P

    Ok so not really strange, but difficult to label – I had to label a fluffy pillow for rest time for my Son in kindy. I used an iron on label on a ribbon then looped the ribbon, opened a small part of the cushion up, stuffed the end of the ribbon in and sewed it shut!ReplyCancel

  • Underwear is the thing I found strangest to label, but definitely a necessity when they’re toilet training!ReplyCancel

  • Marg P

    Underwear, not so they don’t get lost but so my teenage daughters don’t freak out if I give them the wrong ones….ReplyCancel

  • Rach

    I labelled my children with wristbands last year when we took them to the Brisbane Ekka.

  • Sheridon

    My husband! When he went out with his mates I used to write on his arm: If found please call wife ###### (ph number).ReplyCancel

  • Lea

    I labelled a bikini when I was younger as my sister kept saying she ‘didn’t realise it was mine’ lol.ReplyCancel

  • My two girls play representative sport so for every trip everything has to be labelled – socks, undies, strapping tape, toiletries!!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    I once tied a luggage tag with my contact details to my daughter’s ponytail. She was about 18months, we were in an airport and I was 7 months pregnant… It is one of my favourite photos of her still!

    I also labelled mum’s tupperware tumblers in permanent marker with party guests names… the names are still visible a million washes and about 20 years later. OOPS! I guess they don’t make permanent markers like that anymore – I have to constantly relabel things I label in “permanent” marker.ReplyCancel

    • Meg

      Metho works really well to get even ancient texta off tupperware :)ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    Probably homemade meat pies. My kids love it when I cut their initials out of pastry and put it on their pie so no one else gets it.ReplyCancel

  • My Daughters!! We went to the Zoo and Miss 5 started to take off with a friend and I was held back with Miss 3 and a friend and stroller, so I wrote my mobile number in pen up her forearm! Fortunately, she stayed close by!ReplyCancel

  • Everything! I have two kids (a boy and a girl) who are very close in age. They fight over everything so I have to put their names on all of their stuff!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kara

    Knickers! As I was getting my eldest ready for kindy last year, I remember ironing on the labels thinking why??? But yes it seems everything going to school needs a label even knickers :)ReplyCancel

  • My daughter wanted to label her guinea pig when we took it to school for a class visit! I had to convince her to compromise by labelling the pet carrier. I don’t think Woffles would have been happy with a sticker on her hairy little body :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    I need to label my son’s swim gear, including swim fins and a kick board… I wonder if there is one small enough for googles?!ReplyCancel

  • Jazzy

    I am definitely a label girl …. I am a casual primary school teacher and I am always lending kids pencils, pens, glue, rubbers etc from my bag just so there are no excuses as why they cannot finish their work…. They always come back now since labelled “MRS SUMMERS” lolReplyCancel

  • SuzieLove

    My son wanted me to label his actual tissues! Made me laugh though.ReplyCancel

  • chloe

    Strangest thing would be my husbands lunch. Someone in his office use to like my cooking so much, that they are it every day for a week lol.

    Thanks for such a great site. Love you to bites xxReplyCancel

  • Cath Roberts

    Embarassingly…our CD/DVD collection…it is housed in purpose built pop-out storage and arranged alphabetically by artist/movie title. Sadly my very organised husbands idea – even though I am the one to do the labelling!!!ReplyCancel

  • Megsy

    Flannelette Nappies! My second child (C-Man) was a huge fan of “ruggies” when he was a toddler and we found that he was happy with one of the many flanny nappies we had – he did demand they all have his name on them so at Child Care they all knew they were his. Very cute indeed :-)ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    As funny as it seems, my identical twins girls often need to be labelled in some way. We usually do this with hair styles, ribbon or earrings. This year they are turning 8 and will be with a different teacher for the first time.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle mckenzie

    I’ve had to label each item in my childs lunch box. And his jocks i thought that was odd how is he going to loose themReplyCancel

  • Lisa P.

    Probably my son’s underwear for is extra clothes kept at school.ReplyCancel

  • Julie C

    A bone sample that my husband wanted to keep. From 2002. It’s in Keen’s mustard jar with water and labelled.ReplyCancel

  • Nadine M

    Kids Mac Donald’s toys. They were fighting over who’s was what….. Can’t argue with a name in black Nikko :))ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    I labeled the entire plastic drawer of my babies diaper station with weird phrases and poems.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda A

    I’m embarrassed to say I once labelled a labelmaker with “Labelmaker”. In my defence I had just bought it and was desperate to try it out but couldn’t think of anything else to label. I’ve left it on there all these years later for a giggle :)ReplyCancel

    • TheMindfulMum

      OMG that is hysterical, I bet you win :)ReplyCancel

      • TheMindfulMum

        Oh it’s random – well, you should win ;)ReplyCancel

  • I tend to label everything esp my Tupperware I just hate thiings going missingReplyCancel

  • jem

    I have to label my boy’s tennis ballsReplyCancel

  • Sharna

    Little notebooks! So my DD6 and DD2 have less arguments over which one belongs to who!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey

    I actually labelled my little girl’s teddy today so her sister wouldn’t play with it.ReplyCancel

  • My son’s blanky (which was a face washer) which he took everywhere!ReplyCancel

  • Haha, some funny responses! Strangest thing I’ve labelled is banana’s. When my boys wanted to make sure that they each got their own. Just used a sharpie on the peel. Definately saved any arguments!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie H

    lol when we has baby number 4 i put each outfit into a big zip lock back and labled the size and sex hahah and i even had 4 for the first outfit! 2 for boy and 2 for a girl and 000 and 0000 as we had no idea how big she was (everyone said she was going to be huge)

    i wanted to make sure if hubby had to dress her/him at the time he would know what was what, and then all 000 and 0000 were seperate and it made it easier…

    have been know to write my mobile # on the boys arms in permament marker when we go to big events heheheReplyCancel

  • Kim M

    Labelling tupperware makes me feel like my mother – especially as it is for my husband! Strange because I never thought I would do it!ReplyCancel

  • After a long day of getting the boys things ready for the start of the school year I accidently labelled the back outside of my sons school shirt, at first he was so surprised that everyone knew his name on the first day of high school but not so impressed when he realised why. To this day he still has a go at me about it!ReplyCancel

  • I label anything & everything possible, my 4yr old & husband lose most things… like father, like son ;)ReplyCancel

  • kate

    All of my children have the nude food movers lunchbox sets so i labelled the lids of their snack containers as well as the container as they seem to be really popular since the school has gone ‘wrapper free’.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    My kids asked me to label our cats feeding bowls with their names so the cats will know “who’s is who” :)ReplyCancel

  • Joni

    Anything that belongs to my husband so that it can make its way home!ReplyCancel

  • lainskii

    hmmm, pantry items? Don’t really label much so haven’t done anything strange yet, I’m sure I will as the kids grow up.ReplyCancel

  • Alyra Shaw

    LOL – what fantastic responses. Clearly I need to do a lot more labeling besides the pantry containers and kids drink bottles!ReplyCancel

  • My own lunchbox for the staffroom. But lids .. Always seem to be labelling lids, why do they never return!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    My daughters dummies, bottles and for school I label everything in more than one spot incase they fall off. ReplyCancel

  • Julie Myhill

    I put a label on the Dymo label maker at my work! :) It leaves my office and rarely returns without a hunt!ReplyCancel

  • casey

    I labelled the jar on my window sill with pens, pencils, scissors etc in it; ‘pens, pencils, scissors etc’ReplyCancel

  • Bev

    Socks my step son use to take mine and the would never come back so i started labeling them and then for some strange reason i ended have way to many socks lolReplyCancel

  • vetstar

    I havent had to label yet but I have 2 little girls within 11 months of each other and a little boy on the way within 18 months of the youngest so I do think that labelling is going to become a very big part of my life in the future just to keep the peace if anything :)ReplyCancel

  • At a recent show we made my son a wrist band out of paper and sticky tape with our number on it. Apart from that, I generally label his clothes.ReplyCancel

  • My kids both got a buzz lightyear for christmas and I had to label one of them to stop the kids fighting over which buzz lightyear belonged to who!ReplyCancel

  • Kim m

    My lunch, people at work take it otherwise…ReplyCancel

  • 1nitahaircut

    I label everything- that way there is little to no arguments in my house of 6! The strangest thing I have had to label were elastic hair ties and shoelaces! Into the nitty gritty! I have labelled apples and bananas too!ReplyCancel

  • Ying Ying TAN

    Having only one child, never thought labelling my daughter’s room is necessary. Apparently it is because she always end up in my room on my bed!ReplyCancel

  • I don’t know what the strangest thing I’ve to label is….The kids toys and games all have a letter on them, every time they get anything that is the same it gets their initial so NO arguments…..other than that I only label stuff for school, and cutlery, plates and cups for camp outs…ReplyCancel

  • My husband thinks I am a nut, I label everything even my labels are labelled.ReplyCancel

  • Nappy Rash Cream for when DD6 was at daycare as a baby….. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Wodson

    The strangest thing> My daughters performance lipstick for dancing – she is allergic to a lot of things so it was better than having to label a new Epipen!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie B

    My kids get labelled every year when we go to the show in case they get lost. They have wrist bands with my mobile phone number on ReplyCancel

  • SueA

    I label my stapler, hole punch and scissors at work – if I didn’t they would grow legs!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • melissa maree

    my daughters knife, fork and spoon on her first girl guide camp.ReplyCancel

  • My pack of labels!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel K

    Pencils because they are easily replaced and are cheap to purchase – so why do I label them every year? I guess it’s just habit but it really is stupid when you think about it!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon R

    {hangs head in shame} but some days I probably need to label my kids withy their names! As a working parent seeing customers all day and calling them by name, I can often get home and mix up the kids names. Seriously not sure how I can, we only have 2 kids (1 boy 1 girl)……ReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    I would like a large label I could affix to my husband’s forehead especially when we go to the Hardware Store and he wanders off mumbling ‘I’ll meet you back here’ and his voice trails off :-)ReplyCancel

  • The remaining three quarters of a Kit Kat in my top drawer at work :-PReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    I labelled a knife handle with “Don’t Touch” I was really sick of people moving my knife at work.ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    Kids underwearReplyCancel

  • I am constantly reminded of my need to label at my old work. You would open the freezer to find clip lock bags with two slices of bread labelled bread! ReplyCancel

  • The only weird thing I’ve labelled is underwear :-)ReplyCancel

  • Linda Maynard

    The weirdest thing I’ve ever labelled??? Definitely my daughters undies for school. I was using iron on labels and my husband walked in and said “Have you gone insane? Why are you ironing her undies?” I explained that it was a directive from the school. He looked quite puzzled and said “How is she going to lose her undies at school? What are they doing… nudie runs?” I had to remind him that they actually have to take them off when they change for swimming. :)ReplyCancel

  • Niamh

    At work Myself and a colleague label our milk in the communal fridge with “Goats Milk containing quick acting laxative. Use at your own risk” Needless to say our milk doesn’t disappear as fast as others!!!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa

      Thank you for giving me a giggle – I’m going to try this one @ my work!!ReplyCancel

  • WMO2

    The strangest thing I have had to label is my little boy’s nappies when he was going to day care. Even though his things were suppose to be kept in his bag, when he first started going he would always come home with someone elses nappy (I know this because of the brand we buy and the brand he use to come home in)ReplyCancel

  • Chris

    A bag of wool in clear packaging that said “wool” . ReplyCancel

  • AlisonF

    Shoes, at child care there was 3 children with the same shoes as my daughter and as they would take them off at rest time, staff would often get them confused.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Hay

    When my kids go to school I label everything- down to their sharpeners, scissors and textas. I have ever been known to label their drink bottle lids! When I can’t get a label onto it I burn their names on with a soldering iron lol. It takes a long time when you have 5 or more kids at school!ReplyCancel

  • I often feel the need to label my children! I have 4 girls all close in age and I have a bad memory!lol. I often call them by someone else’s name.ReplyCancel

  • I too on a couple of occasions labeled my dd. When she was very young, and if we were going out in large crowds, I would write my mobile phone number and name on both of her arms with permanent marker. We never needed it, but I thought it was a great idea if she got lost.ReplyCancel

  • Donnelle

    The strangest thing i’ve had to label was my childs banana when he was
    attending preschool as EVERYTHING in lunchboxes had to be labeled. This
    included juice boxes, sandwich bags etc. Needless to say I didn’t use a
    stick on label, just a texta, but still, it seemed pretty stupid.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    I’m probably strange – I label everything. Helps me keep things tidy and helps “missing” things find their way home from school. :)ReplyCancel

  • When I worked in Child Care in the Toddler’s room I would label every child’s nappy with their name on it before they went home. If they were back the next day I would know who didn’t get a bath or changed.ReplyCancel

  • The kids fruit for crunch and sip as they always seemed to have their bananas and mandarins go missing….ReplyCancel

  • Mel S

    My sons football that he takes to school and i make sure i label it more than once in case the first label falls off lolReplyCancel

  • Single pieces of fruit, apple, banana, orange.ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra

    my son is about to start pre school and i have labled his underwearReplyCancel

  • Casey

    A tennis ball and a dinosaur… DS loves taking toys to share with friends at school. Branding everything with his name is the only way to ensure there arent any schoolyard disputes over who’s dinosaur is who’s.ReplyCancel

  • My kids shoes and USB sticks for school. Very hard to find a label small enough for the stick !!ReplyCancel

  • megan

    i have never bought labels before but after my son lost his $40 school Jacket and $25 school hat last year (named with permanant marker and only worn 3 times) i swore i will label everything!!! at least then it has a slight chance of returning to us. the weirdest thing that i have had to “label in permanant marker” were my boys toy cars (from the movie)…mind you they both had exactly the same ones due to my thinking it wouldn’t cause fights (but apparently these things can be distinguished from each others belongings..never the less they all have little symbols on them) and clear plastic boxes with what was inside them…facepalm moment!ReplyCancel

  • Alex S

    As a kid I used to label the little packets of chips that come in the huge variety bags. I did this as my older brother would always come and steal the best flavours. So one day I decided to evenly divide the packets and label. I think this is where my obsession for labelling items came from! ReplyCancel

  • Hubby, as he was going out drinking heavily with the boys, in a strange town, I wanted them to get back to the hotel where we were staying. Mostly a selfish reason as I didn’t want to be driving around in the early hours of the morning looking for the drunks when they had no idea where they were. It worked, they made it back to the hotel thanks to the name of the hotel on hubby’s arm.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    I want to label my combs and brushes! They seem to disappear into my daughters bathroom and bedroom and it’s irritating!ReplyCancel

  • Andreajvb

    As a child i remember i labled allof my clothes drawers!ReplyCancel

  • Tamar

    I had to label my expressed milk so no one used it in their coffee at work LOLReplyCancel

  • Emma B

    I have labelled my USB stick…ReplyCancel

  • AMG

    I have no idea how you are meant to label socks????ReplyCancel

  • Gabby H

    I have labelled my light switches, I have a set of four with half inside lights & half out, weird but so useful :)ReplyCancel

  • Megs

    My kids don’t seem to know who they are, they answer for each other or don’t answer at all … think I’ll label them so they know who they are!!ReplyCancel

  • Domestic Diva

    I labeled my kid’s underwear before a sleepover.ReplyCancel

  • We labeled the dog, just until we bought the new collar.ReplyCancel

  • Hailey

    I have labelled my daughters headbands, yes it may sound really silly but i wont allow her to wear hair accessories to school that aren’t school colours. They go walk about throughout the year and are not cheap, and the cost adds up. If i could name the hair ties i would lol it drives me batty!ReplyCancel

  • I have had to label my daughters banana (on the banana peel) at kindy, so the other kids don’t eat hers.ReplyCancel

  • I really don’t label much. I have a label maker that I use for scrapping. I have used it for labeling the years on my scrapbooks. But labels would be great for teaching supplies. I am a special education teacher that works in the general education classroom with the gen-ed teachers. Every year they buy supplies and write their names on them, this would be great to gift to a few of them. :)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Furmedge

    I have labelled my children. If lost please call…. One day i went out with my twin boys then aged 4 and their cousin 3 with the cousin and one of my boys being “runners”. I stuck on the labels and had forgotten about them. The look of horror on my sisters face when i dropped her home and she saw i had labelled her daughter is priceless!ReplyCancel

  • Gillian Larcombe

    My sewing scissors are labelled to differentiate them from household scissors…actually, they are labelled with a threat to anyone who touches them!ReplyCancel

  • I label most things that need sorting – baskets in the bathroom, cleaning products, etc.ReplyCancel

  • Gillian

    The front of my son’s dummy – I was worried about him being given someone else’s at daycare – he did look funny with his name glaring out from the front of his mouth!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda A

    Probably the kids dummiesReplyCancel

  • a salad dressing container for work…and it still got pinched out of the fridge :)ReplyCancel

  • Another strange thing i have labelled is my son’s clothing drawers…my partner complains he can never find anything.. now its in black an whiteReplyCancel

  • My girl’s dolls all need to have their owners names written on their bodies, because they have to have the same, but god forbid if ‘she’s got mine!’ReplyCancel

  • The comb and spray bottle I packed for backstage at my daughter’s first dance concert! Also the makeup including lipstick and mascara!ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    I actually labelled my new label maker as I was way too excited about getting it! ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    At my girls’ childcare they leave their shoes on all day except for rest time, so I didn’t label their shoes – until one of them came home with shoes identical to the ones she’d gone in – except two sizes bigger!!ReplyCancel

  • Mel Raff

    The inside dash of my car!! It was a new label machine and I wrote “I love my wife” and stuck it to the dash (to the bewilderment of my husband!!!) and then when we had our first child i added “and child” then when we had the next child I added “ren!” so in the end it read, “i love my wife and children”ReplyCancel

  • I’ve labelled my daughters headbands for school with a permanent marker (on the side that touches their heads). I used to label my pens at work with the old “sticky tape and a strip of paper” method. And I had to label lunchboxes almost everyday last year with the permanent marker as it kept wearing off in the dishwasher… so much for permanent!ReplyCancel

  • Hiyah Kat – where did you get the water bottles? They look like the bottoms screw off to hold a snack. I’ve been looking for something similar for ages!ReplyCancel

    • Teresa M

      Lesley Anne they are tupperware drink bottles.great to hold key in bottom if going to gymReplyCancel

  • I don’t like labeling, but know its necessary. Food, is the wierdest thing I label!ReplyCancel

  • well in my house no one has respect enough to ask they just take and dont worry the fights over drinks and food and snacks is ridiculous i even have to label my bourbon cans or they disappear very quickly my wierdest thing would be labeling all the keys in the house so we know wich are whosReplyCancel

  • Liz B

    I labelled ‘the good scissors’ as my fabulously sharp (and expensive) dressmaking scissors were constantly being used for paper and other no-nos. Then of course I had to label all the other scissors in the house as ‘the evil scissors’.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa M

    I labelled the dustpan ‘inside’ to stop hubby using them for muck in the garageReplyCancel

  • I labelled my kids undies last year… when he went swimming I was paranoid that he would end up with some other kids undies.
    I also put labels on my linen cupboard shelves… sheets, pillowcases, towels, hand towels, facewashers. After cleaning it all up one day…. I wanted to ensure it stayed that way. (it kind of did)ReplyCancel

  • so far the weirdest thing I’ve labelled are my boys undies, as he is off to Kindy this year!ReplyCancel

  • sharon graham

    I labeled the vacuum head ‘ carpet only’ as the wheels were scratching the wooden floors – oh and when my daughter went for day surgery I had to label her teddy bear!ReplyCancel

  • Having two daughters at daycare at some point, I have had to label everything – bags, shoes, drink bottles, clothing (including underwear)… I think the hardest was DD2’s dummy.ReplyCancel

  • Aileen

    There is a fair bit of labelling of cables and plugs round this house so someone (me) doesn’t pull out the wrong plug and create an IT nightmare or mess up the DVD recorder when I’m being domestic and vacuuming etc.ReplyCancel

  • The lettuce container. Really, what else would be in it! ReplyCancel

  • I’ve labelled my hubands shelves with ‘Work Clothes’ and ‘Fishing Clothes’ and ‘Going out clothes’. Seriously beyond house training when I got him…ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Shailer

    My toothbrush – my hubby is a shocker for just grabbing mine and using it, even though his is blue and mine is pink…think he might be colourblind!ReplyCancel

  • Krisso

    Both of my daughters got a rainbow unicorn Pillow Pet for Christmas. To avoid the inevitable fights over ownership each unicorn came with a little engraved dog tag saying “I belong to ______” tied on a ribbon around their neck. Too cute! (and the child’s name in permanent marker on the tag on the unicorn’s butt in case the other one was removed!!!) :)ReplyCancel

  • I always find labelling the kids undies for kindly pretty funny! ReplyCancel

  • Cass

    I labelled one of hubby’s wardrobe shelves as ‘good for a re-wear’ as I was sick of him leaving jumpers and things laying around our room because they were items you don’t wash after every wear.ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I feel the need to label my lunch in my work fridge – always goes missing- especially my yoghurt!ReplyCancel

  • Donna W

    My prescription glasses case, with my name and mobile number. It’s not strange as such, but I never would have thought of it myself if my inlaws didn’t suggest it.ReplyCancel

  • Nat Freeman

    Cat food… of our cats was very fussy and would only eat a certain type!ReplyCancel

  • Kath C

    I have labelled the different attachments for our dyson vacuum so that hubby uses the right one on our wooden floors. ReplyCancel

  • My Groceries at one place I worked if you ducked out and grabbed a few groceries and popped them in the fridge you had to label them or they would be thrown out – we had a co worker who was anal over the fridge! Our lunch bags had to be dated so that she knew it was that days luch and not a few days old. We were all terrified of her not to do this :)ReplyCancel

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  • Meg

    At my girls school a lot of the kids have the same school logoed school bag. As a result the kids use a lot of keyrings etc to tell them apart. Each of my girls keyrings has their initals on the feet as some kids have had theirs go missing. I can’t fit even their full name on the foot so its normally just 1 letter LOL. Its worked though, none have gone missing in 2 years!ReplyCancel

  • I label all the kids possessions that are similar with their initials. Toys, dolls, headbands, handbags, purses, music boxes, snow globes, books, etc. It’s the only way to avoid the squabbles over what belongs to who.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia

    I find socks a pain to label.ReplyCancel

  • Jolynda

    I labeled my labeler! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    underwear! We had to label my daughters spare underwear when she as at kindy!ReplyCancel

  • SueSueper

    Labeled a chair so it would not disappear!ReplyCancel

  • I label EVERYTHING from drink bottles, to knickers & socks & most recently my girls’ body boards coz they were the same colour. I even have my own labels to put on my tupperware when we go to a party in case I leave it behind!ReplyCancel

  • Annie Radcliffe

    I drew labels for my girls (4 & 6 years) drawers with pictures of types of clothes so they can put their own washing away :)ReplyCancel

  • Joy

    My Nannys slippers, at the rest homeReplyCancel

  • Jasmine

    Chocolates because everyone always seems to eat my secret stashReplyCancel

  • CrystalB

    My own children and niece when they were going out to a concert with NanaReplyCancel

  • Deb K

    My hubby!ReplyCancel

  • Linda S

    My dogs ‘stools’. He’d had some issues and the vet wanted to check which days he was doing what!ReplyCancel

  • Sabby

    I used to have to label my lunch so that people in the office wouldnt steal itReplyCancel

  • After living in sharehouses for years, I was always tempted to label every single piece of food in the kitchen……never quite went that far, but it was tempting!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten W

    My husband!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Hortin

    My daughter’s dummy for daycare.ReplyCancel

  • Julie McCosker

    As a new school mum this yr I have found myself going a little extreme with the labeling – I am hand writing my daughters name on EVERYTHING in case the iron on label comes off!ReplyCancel

  • macemesmum

    I label my chocolate and I m not embarrassed to admit it!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie B

    My husband labelled my kids with messages for me for Mother’s Day. That was cute ????ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Harlow

    My daughter’s underwear. They’re now the same size so labelling makes it easier at sort time, although the pen marks have to be redone every few washes. Permanent markers are not match for my washing machine it seems!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra

    I once labelled my clothes to try to stop my sister from borrowing my clothes. It didn’t really work though, so I just made sure I borrowed hers!ReplyCancel

  • My sister and I both had pet turtles, but would argue who owned which turtle. We decided to label their shells by putting a black spot and a red spot on them. This worked fine for a couple of months until the marker wore off!ReplyCancel

  • The shelves in the pantry so that everyone puts the kitchen gadgets back in the place they belong!!ReplyCancel

  • My sanitary items when living in shared dorms at university!ReplyCancel

  • Falon Downing

    I labeled my pets tags with a label maker to avoid getting them engraved!ReplyCancel

  • socks, with 3 of my boys and my husband wearing the same size socks and all similar colours, I have had to resort to sewing different coloured thread at the top of each sock.ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    My grandmother’s shampoo, conditioner, and toilet rolls whilst she was in a nursing home. The trials of being a patient in the dementure ward!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Renout

    Nothing strange that I can think of. Just my waterbottle I guess, so it wouldn’t get confused with anyone else’s.ReplyCancel

  • Kristina

    My mum labelled my underwear when I went away to camp lol she seem to think someone would think mine were theirsReplyCancel

  • labelling food with my name so the kids wouldn’t eat it on meReplyCancel

  • I labeled my lunch so workmates wouldnt steal!!ReplyCancel

  • when i was staying at a backpackers, the fridge is communal, and everyone stole food, so i would write in black permanate marker my name on the meat i would buy, didnt always stop people, but a few cuts of meat were saved!ReplyCancel

  • Laura C

    Colourblind hubby has a habit of wearing unmatching socks. I felt like labelling them with their colours so he can match them up!ReplyCancel

  • my grandad labels everything for the visitors who stay in his unit, including arrows pointing where to turn things on!ReplyCancel

  • I labelled my daughter’s banana! I couldn’t find her lunchbox but I needed to label her lunch so I wrote her name on it. I still feel embarrassed about it!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Morrison

    My shopping reciepts…ReplyCancel

  • Jodie F

    my bananas, was sick of people eating them at workReplyCancel

  • Luvlee6

    The daily newspaper, so no one else would steal it to read at lunch time!ReplyCancel

  • Jeannette Lockett

    I label the grandchildrens drink bottles, so there’s no arguing about which ones theirs.ReplyCancel

  • Tess

    My white serving bowls and platters. We have a huge family and lots of gatherings and I find my dishes are ‘lost’ forever. I started putting some of my daughters school labels on the bottom and haven’t ‘lost’ one since.ReplyCancel

  • Josie

    The school chickens are looked after at our chicken coop during the school holidays. We paint their toe nails with nail polish so that we know which ones to give back :)ReplyCancel

  • TheMindfulMum

    I’d like to label the linen cupboard shelves, which I find disturbing and intend not to do so!!ReplyCancel

  • I label my own drink bottles with my kids labels as I don’t have my own! My work mates think its hilarious!ReplyCancel

  • Sian

    I worked as a Nanny for many years and I was always nervous of losing the children when at large public events so I used to label the back of every jacket they wore with my contact number and any medical conditions they may have had. I still do this with my own children today but thankfully have not lost a child yet!ReplyCancel

  • Indigoo

    I labelled my son at age 3 when we attended an outdoor concert in the city once. The label included our name & mobile numbers. We also attached a similar label to his favourite Ted.ReplyCancel

  • chantelle smith

    My cd collection. So much better if I lent them to a friend or they were stolen to identify them.ReplyCancel

  • My child – her name and my mobile number is always written on her arm when we go to a theme park, show, expo, in case she gets separated from me.ReplyCancel

  • Ros

    My toothbrush so nobody else uses itReplyCancel

  • Adele Smith

    I would like to label the goldfish so I know who is who…but of course I wouldn’t. I have labelled most items on my home desk as the kids seem to always claim it as their own.ReplyCancel

  • My husband, before he went out on the town for a bucks night.ReplyCancel

  • My daughers underware,they are roughly the same size and i mix them up,one of them gets very angry,the other doesnt care as long as its clean,very frustrating for meReplyCancel

  • Charlotte

    I actually labelled a box of name tags to sew on clothes in my craft box “name labels” – felt a bit inception-y to be honest!ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    We labelled our dog’s bowls to stop them being mixed up as one of them wouldn’t eat from theirs if the other had used it! Such a diva! :PReplyCancel

  • My iphone! All of my friends have the same colour (white) and we are all always picking up the wrong phone. So now I have mine labelled clearly so it stands out.ReplyCancel

  • Colouring in pencils not because of mix ups at school more for teh sake of my sanity of them fighting over whos whos pencils …forbid if you end up with the smaller yellow one as Im sure it aint mine!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne V

    My kids school socks, even though they are all white, they vary in size, and kids would just grab a pair from washing basket, sometime stretching one or both socks, youngest child would find that he had no well fitting socks by end of the term!! they would all be stretchedReplyCancel

  • My son – whenever we went anywhere I might lose him – phone number on the belly :)ReplyCancel

  • Steph

    My child!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate evans

    My friends cats while I was or sitting. One needed medication and they both looked similar.ReplyCancel

  • ACasa

    WII controllers…. 1 & 2. It’s so hard to work out which one is Player 1 when they are both white!ReplyCancel

  • Cass Henry

    Hubby keeps stealing my notepads so I’ve bought pink cover ones and labeled them “MINE”! ReplyCancel

  • toothbrushes lol!! My kids always steal my hubby’s – eww – he tried using a pink one and even that didn’t work – I keep mine up out of reach ;)ReplyCancel

  • Underwear. Not the kids, my husband’s! He’d leave it behind when he’d use the shower’s at work after being onsite. His excuse – he was used to me picking it up at home!ReplyCancel

  • Each and every pen in the office with KA this was due to hubby taking MY pens down the shed and not returning them to where they belong… needless to say it didnt last long as he just started taking off the tags and saying they werent mine…ReplyCancel

  • When pregnant I jokingly labelled my husband with his name, I was sure I might forget it otherwise.ReplyCancel

  • Jaclyn White

    I’ve labelled treats in the cupboard and freezer so my husband doesn’t eat them! :)ReplyCancel

  • chrystal

    fruit for the playgroup fridge.ReplyCancel

  • Hubby is pretty embarrassed about me labeling his lunchReplyCancel

  • Jacinda Callus

    I’m also a fruit labeller at work :-)ReplyCancel

  • Table Tennis Bat (we have a chewer) and nobody whats that bat!!ReplyCancel

  • Toothbrushes!! ReplyCancel

  • Courtney

    My children- they get so angry when I call them the wrong names.ReplyCancel

  • Ann

    I labelled a cupboard with “Cleaning Supplies”, thereby turning it into Fort Knox as no-one ever looks in there. At the back I hide illicit things like Tim Tams. Worked so far.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda J

    Back in my breastfeeding days, I used to store containers of expressed milk in the fridge – and one of the containers I used was permanently labelled ‘booby juice’ (because that’s what my husband and I used to call it!). One day my husband had a new workmate visiting, and this guy who I hardly knew, was putting beers in the fridge – and jokingly called out to my husband, “This your booby juice mate?!” How embarrassing.ReplyCancel

  • My scissor with instructions for their use like kitchen, fabric and husband use only.ReplyCancel

  • As all the work mobile phones are the same type I labeled each one with the number and user name – saved a few mix ups over timeReplyCancel

  • nicole

    When I was younger, I labelled everything in sight and wrote my name on each object with a little ditty “Nicole{surname}, if this item should start to roam, smack it’s bottom and send it home. {with home phone number in brackets]. No mobiles back then.ReplyCancel

  • I had my son label his own clothes with a laundry marker when he was going on a 10 day camp. What I found strange was that he wrote, in very large letters, across the whole bottom covering material part of his underwear! No mistaking who they belonged to …ReplyCancel

  • When I first heard I was having twins, I panicked thinking I would mix them up as newborns… I considered marking them somehow. Then we found out they were fraternal and boy/girl so nature labeled them for us.ReplyCancel

  • Inspired...

    We labelled items around the house to help with reading… to spice it up a bit.. the toilet button is labelled “flushy flush”… it has worked.. she is an awesome reader.ReplyCancel

  • I had to labela container of play rice so I didn’t accidentally cook it.ReplyCancel

  • The salt and sugar containers….I once mixed those up in a cake and just about vomited when I took a huge bite of the delicious looking cake :) Now I buy brown sugar just to make doubly sure I don’t get them confused ever again!!!ReplyCancel

  • my problem is I don’t label…..then I have no idea what or whose is in what!!!ReplyCancel

  • When i got my labeller i went on a bit of a frenzy and did some really random one like my laptop, the remote control, a hair brush, my sewing machine haha but i also did the normal lunch boxes, container in the pantry etc. :)ReplyCancel

  • My parents wall unit, I thought it best if I engraved my name in it…. Then when I got in MAJOR trouble, denied it completely.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    I have to label my keys because it always wastes my time to find the key that I want by trying all of them.ReplyCancel

  • I’m a bit fussy about toothbrushes – the thought of swapping mouth germs just doesn’t appeal to me. My girls insist on getting the same toothbrush – so I’m using their pencil labels for the toothbrushes as well :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Fitzsimons

    When my daughter was 4 she was obsessed with “Woody” from Toy story. When she received her own Woody doll for Christmas she set about trying to scrub “Andy” off the bottom of his boot so that she could make Woody her own! In the end she had to settle with me labelling Woody’s other boot with her name with a black marker!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy J

    My son adores dinosaurs and fossils of any type (plant, insect, etc). When he was in Kindy he begged me to allow him to take his Trilobite in for show and tell. I did wonder if this was slightly unusual when I labelled it…ReplyCancel

  • I don’t think it’s actually strange, but when people see the labels on the shelving of my linen cupboard (towels, sheets, fan, esky etc.) they seem to think it’s odd. I just think it makes life easier :)ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Baker

    My police officer hubby’s work items, strangely a lot of stuff gets stolen or “misplaced” in a police stationReplyCancel

  • Melissa Hills

    I have labeled an old wooden spoon “poop scoop” for de-pooping backyard, a cut up milk container “kitty litter scoop” and the shelves in the pantry.ReplyCancel

  • I had labels made with my name and mobile number to put on things if they got lost. My friend pointed out my daftness when she saw I had put one on my mobile phone! I still chuckle at myself for that oneReplyCancel

  • I had to label my daughters shoe laces…she kept taking them out and loosing them!!ReplyCancel

  • Mareesa

    Drink bottle lidReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    22 years ago I was the first woman to return to my workplace after having a baby. I was expressing milk for my son and had to label my milk in the fridge as “NOT FOR YOUR COFFEE GUYS”ReplyCancel

  • my sons bathers as he played underwater hockey he did not like sharing as they all had the sameReplyCancel

  • The dog at the fete we went to…so many people and dogs…would have loved to label himReplyCancel

  • I don’t understand why childcare insist on my labeling my babies dummies. They seem to share them with every other child there and then when you leave it feels like you need the name there to make sure you’re taking home the right kid!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    I labelled my house broom, I was sick of my husband stealing it for work. He works as a floor coverer so I decorated and labelled it all pink. Needless to say it has stayed at home.ReplyCancel

  • Mia

    I’m boring. My eldest is 4 so I just label her lunch box and water bottle for kindy.ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    I’ve had to label cloth nappies before!ReplyCancel

  • my forehead with the name “stupid” so at least when people treat me like i am its no great surprise!ReplyCancel

  • MeganH

    The draws in our babies room so hubby could find things. He was repeatedly searching every draw every time he had to dress our son.ReplyCancel

  • My kids are the strangest thing – I used to often write my contact details on their hands when out and about.ReplyCancel

  • netty

    I know it may sound strange but I have felt to label all of the pillows in our house. I have nine children and we all have two pillows each (including my husband that is 22 pillows in our home! When all bedding is getting washed and pillows are put out to air it is impossible to make sure eveyone gets their own pillows back.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    everything at child care, but most difficult his socks! Urgh! They’re not big enough for label,s! :)ReplyCancel

  • Dorizzi

    My brother-in-law labeled the shelves in my sisters linen cupboard one day when she was at work. She was not impressed.ReplyCancel

  • Every year I label the kids Easter Eggs – that way there’s no arguing about who’s eaten the most!ReplyCancel

  • kathryn pearson

    Dolls, teddys & books so all 3 girls know who is who’s or more to the point I know when they start fightingReplyCancel

  • sharron smith

    I labelled on my front door years ago if not invited you are brave enough to knock it workedReplyCancel

  • With Six kids I have now labelled a dinner plate for each of them to stop fights over the coloured plates!ReplyCancel

  • MrsHoneyBee

    My salad sandwich! It’s amazing, someone or someone’s actually hoodwink other peoples lunches out of the staff fridge. Who does that?ReplyCancel

  • Apples in the fridge. Himself used to get confused between the Pink Lady apples and Red Delicious apples. (He only ate Red Delicious and got most upset biting into a Pink Lady)ReplyCancel

  • i labelled my husbands work lunch i know probably not to strange but my tupperware containers kept going missing!! so i had too!!ReplyCancel

  • Richelle

    My money tin. …”Say goodbye to that holiday if you open”….. long label but worth it!ReplyCancel

  • I labelled the toothbrushes to stop people using mine by mistake!ReplyCancel

  • Piachay

    I have to label my water bottle sick of drinking bits of soggy biscuits left behind after my kids guzzle my drinkReplyCancel

  • Kristin Santi

    I labelled my stapler at work, not with my name but with the word stapler. You know, in case I couldn’t remember what it was called. Funnily enough it stopped people from taking it, everyone knew my stapler was labelled with the word stapler.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn H

    Our saffron cutlery – amazing how much of it goes missing over the course of a year and how many times we need to replace it!ReplyCancel

  • Shelves in the linen cupboard. Men can never find anything.ReplyCancel

  • As a school teacher, I’ve had many a pair of underpants lose their owner after swimming lessons/carnivals and, believe me, NO child is going to own up when asked, “Has anyone lost these?”. My daughter starts Prep this year and I will definitely be labelling her underpants so her teacher can discretely return them to her if lost!!ReplyCancel

  • Cath Roberts

    Apart from all the kids labelling for school/preschool, many things in our house are labelled with with tactile dots/shapes as hubby is blind…even the salt and pepper grinders!ReplyCancel

  • Guest

    I once labelled my name badge for work, I was new and they gave me one with the wrong name until they made up me up a new one, I just didn’t think I looked like a Tracy…ReplyCancel

  • Amy P

    Woohoo!! I’m a winner!!! How do I claim my prize??ReplyCancel

Teacher Appreciation and Classroom rules prints & gifts

One of my readers recently ordered a Baby Details print and asked if I could make something similar so she could give it to her child’s teacher as a gift at the end of the school year, I thought it was a great idea. We have been very lucky to have some wonderful teachers over […]

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  • Cathy

    This is such a fantastic idea, just ordered mine, thanks Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Christie

    This is such a fantastic idea, just ordered mine, thanks Kat!!ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    Teachers put in so much effort with little in return, this is a really special gift to give.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Coey

    Gorgeous. Teachers so generally unappreciated. Just organising a collection for our Kindy teacher now. If we all throw in a little we can get her alotReplyCancel

{FREE PRINTABLE} Plan your school holidays

From 3pm this afternoon the kids are on school holidays.  In so many ways I am looking forward to it.  I’m excited to have them home for 2 weeks, to spend time with each of them, do some crafts, baking, sleep in, watch movies, have fun and just relax.  I love those days were you […]

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  • […] If you, like me, love like to do charts, then jump on over to The Organised Housewife.  She has a free school holiday planner which I will be filling out […]ReplyCancel

  • Lee Dingle

    Happy Holidays to you Katrina hope they are full of fun laughter play and love. :DReplyCancel

  • Cassie

    My kids school socks are white too but with a red & green stripe. Would you still soak them in napisan? ThanksReplyCancel

  • Joe

    I will be catching up on missed tasks during the holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Anne @ Domesblissity

    Thanks Kat! Have a great time with your family. xxReplyCancel

  • Domaree

    I’m the same as you. I love when my 4 are on holidays. No morning rush, a couple of PJ days, movies and fun is all on our list of things to do :) Have a great holiday !ReplyCancel

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School Holiday Fun at Dreamworld

I have lived on the Gold Coast all my life, growing up visiting the beautiful beaches and fun-filled theme parks. The first time I can remember visiting Dreamworld was when I was 14, I then spent a day there for my 16th Birthday with my friends and had fun date days there with my hubby […]

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Creating An Organisation Station For A Large Family – School Bags & Chores

This is a guest post by Jac from Common Chaos Chronicle There is nothing worse than walking through the door and tripping over several school bags that have been tossed in the entry-way as the children have arrived home from school. This I know, as I have done it on more than one (or 101) […]

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  • Carmen

    fantastic idea. maybe the glass could be replaced with thin perspect or laminated sheets… great idea of the long wood to attach the smaller boards with the hooks by hubby …

  • Larissa ~ My Pigeon Pair

    Oh Jac, that is a brilliant Organisation Station!!!  I just love it!  It will make such a difference in your busy lives!  Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • That is one cool area!! Most definitely a must-have for busy families.ReplyCancel

  • love it! looks very organised and very pretty! xReplyCancel

  • Awesome idea! We have a small house and don’t have anywhere suitable (without it being in the ‘way’ in the living areas!), so wondering if it would be suitable to hang outside in the enclosed carport – it’s not fully enclosed like a garage, but has a garage door and the back open (hope you know what I mean!) … will have to suss it out as this is SO WHAT I NEED!!!ReplyCancel

    • Could be a good idea, just make sure the kids don’t leave food in their bags overnight so little animals don’t come to investigate.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Arthur

    That is excellent! I’m going to give this a go for sure. ThanksReplyCancel

    • It’s a fantastic space!! I am sure that it will definitely help to make a space more organised in the home.ReplyCancel

  • What a wonderful blog!ReplyCancel

    • Jac has a great blog, I don’t know how she does it and to be expecting baby number 6 any day now, I am so excited for her JReplyCancel

  • Great idea! I would try to replicate the same for my children too..I is very handy in teaching them organization skills

  • mprjm

    love love love this. thank you for sharing. my kids are 5,3 and 1 but we already have school bags and job charts so im going to make this in the holidays

  • WOW, I’m always looking for ways to ‘organise’ in my home of 8 kids and this is awesome.  Not sure if I have a wall long enough so I made need to split it up but I love the frame system with glass as a white board.  This is awesome I’ll be heading to spotlight, office works and bunnings today.ReplyCancel

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  • Hi Jac (& Katrina). I’ve just come across this idea, having just joined the 20 day challenge and I LOVE IT! I have made my own version of it to suit our family and what we need to do and its up and ready to go for next week. I’m sharing it on my blog where I tell everyone to go to yours and check it out! Awesome ideas have to be shared. ;-)

  • […] her pages I found this one which I’m adapting to suit my family. Its a very clever ideas on how to organise each […]ReplyCancel

Plans for the School Holidays

School holidays have now started here in Queensland.  The weather has been perfect the past few weeks so I really do hope it continues to be this way. I would like to take the kids out through the holidays, enjoy the outdoors, visit parks, see friends and go to the movies.  I’m going to Sydney […]

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  • Priscila_meine

    não consigo fazer o downloadReplyCancel

  • Love your blog!

    Thanks very much! We’ve got our free download printed out on the fridge so now the kids can see everything we’ve got planned ( and I won’t forget what’s happening)! Love it, thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • I can’t wait for the school hols! I have a list of to dos a MILE long, but still, I can’t wait :) Looking forward to saying hi at NNB2012 :) ReplyCancel

  • Hi katrina, I love your blog! Thanks for all the wonderful tips on getting organised! I am going to Blogopolis for the first time this year, for my new blog Make Ahead Mum. I am really looking forward to it. I will try to pop over and say hi! Cheers FleurReplyCancel

  • I am no longer homeschooling as my youngest graduated last year, but I still remember all my plans for our break times and what I hoped to accomplish, lol!

    If you don’t mind me asking, how did you make your schedule form?  Was it in a Word program or did you use something else?  I would just love to make my own schedule look “cute” and have no idea how to do it or even where to start.  Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • […] from The Organised Housewife has a great list of things to do at the end of each school term!  She has inspired me to get […]ReplyCancel

  • Deanne Shannon

    Do you have any idea if you are going to do the 20 day cleaning challenge you did last year. I missed it last year and I really want to do it this year.ReplyCancel

Fonts to help kids to write + Qld Cursive

Pin It Prior to my kids starting prep I found some great tracing fonts to help them with their handwriting.  This helped them to learn their  name and make a start on the rest of the alphabet.  This was a great beginning step, however once they started school they needed to learn the new Queensland […]

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  • Christeen

    Don’t you find it strange that there is such a thing as ‘Qld Cursive’ at all? I didn’t even know that there was a difference in writing styles between the states until your post. I did notice my 9 year old has learnt differently than I did, but I thought that was because I was taught in 70’s Queensland. ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Doyle

    I found a practice writing letters printout on crayola website which shows the right way to write each letter great for Preps who are only beginning and tend to wite backwards.
    I am laminating them so my kids can use them over and over! They can be found under the colouring pages.

  • Sarah

    Just stumbled on your blog and haven;’t even made it past your first post, but can tell that I am going to enjoy it.
    I downloaded the Victorian Cursive font via this link,
    I hope this is some help to fellow Victorians.
    I had my twin boys start school last year and to get them into their letters, I developed my own worksheets with characters starting with each letter, something that they could easily relate to. ie, “E” Elmo, Ernie, Elmer the Elephant, Easter Bunny, including an image so they could easily recognise them.
    Thanks, SarahReplyCancel

  • Have stummbled across you blog and after an hour here and many handy tips I know I will be back – thankyou for all of your brilliant suggestions and for sharing so much.ReplyCancel

  • Jaynee

    In WA I think we use Victorian Modern Cursive too!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Nelson

    These are great! Thanks so much for finding these!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Thankyou so much for these. We have just moved from QLD to Victoria and knowing that the writing is different have been trying to teach our little girl a little over th holidays.ReplyCancel

  • From the example above I’m pretty sure in the NT we use QLD Cursive as well. It looks the same. I think it’s absurd really that there are differing handwriting styles around the country especially considering our transient population with many in the military and moving often. Maybe one day it will all come into line. They’re introducing a National Curriculum, so hopefully writing will fall in there somewhere.ReplyCancel

  • Judy c

    Just what I was looking for :) Thanks so much xReplyCancel

  • Mjsmith77

    Was looking for the Q Cursive font and I stumpled on your blog… thanks for all your sharing and will be coming back for more!  All the best!ReplyCancel

  • Gtscarey

    Thank you for posting these! very helpful and useful!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Borm

    thanks so much for putting this all together. I was trying to find this on the net but it was becoming a mission. I already receive your emails so i knew your information would be clear and helpful.ReplyCancel

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  • Nat Schneider

    Qbeginners link no longer worksReplyCancel

{BACK TO SCHOOL} Lunch box essentials for the pantry

We are back into our routine with making lunches, today I thought I would share with you some of the lunchbox essentials that are always stocked in my pantry. Rice crackers – if I don’t have any fresh or frozen muffins or cookies I will give the kids some rice crackers Apricot Balls & Pretzels – These are […]

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  • On Sunday nights I will spend about an hour in the kitchen making up some items to help get the kids through the nice week.
    Jelly-I make this using juice & gelatine
    Yoghurt- in a maker
    Donut muffins-make plain muffins then while warm, poke a hole in & add jam, then roll through sugar & cinnamon
    Fried rice-my teen doesn’t like sandwiches, but loves this. Cooked rice fried with a scrambled egg, bit if ham, frozen mix veg, & just plain soy sauce.
    Drumsticks-roast for an hr, then wrap in Al foil & freeze. Put into lunchbox frozen & we haven’t had problems
    I’ve also made ahead sandwiches & freeze these as well.
    I don’t premake all this every Sun, just a few items to help us grab things quickly

    Other essentials are popping corn that I microwave fresh that morning
    Fruit & vege- my kids prefer veg, so carrots sticks, beans, even mushrooms.ReplyCancel

  • Not just great ideas for school but would be great for work as well , thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Muesli bars – homemade or store variety.ReplyCancel

  • My kids love cold fried rice or cold chicken wings/drumsticks as well. It makes a nice change from sandwiches for them :)ReplyCancel

  • And I make popcorn and store it in a Tupperware modular mate. Keeps it really fresh and I can just grab some to pop into their lunchboxes.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Thanks Katrina for prompting up to stock up our pantries! We are gluten free/dairy free/nut free. Our staples include:
    * gluten free pretzels (
    * wholegrain sakata rice creackers
    * coles brand pear snack packs
    * rice cakes spread with “no nut” butter
    * cans of chickpeas (for making hommos)
    * dried apple snacks (

    • Lisaj_1979

      I love the tortilla’s! they keep really well for when the bread runs out.. My kids are younger and still like a simple lunch so even plain tortilla’s which i cut into shapes like cars or trains they love.. plus it’s easy and you can do it the night before if you pack it in a zip loc bag!ReplyCancel

  • I make my own Apricot Delight. Easy to do and much more cost effective! justfordaisy.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • Bek – recipe on blog? Link please!!ReplyCancel

  • I agree with all these things. Ladies, did you know that microwave popcorn is one of the most toxic things you can buy? Make it yourself and spare your family the cancerous chemicals from the plastic/microwave combo. Please!!!ReplyCancel

  • I agree Lyndall – a friend of my daughter’s brought over a packet of microwave popcorn last weekend and I read the ingredients – omg – partially hydrogenated soybean oil was the one that stood out for me, not to mention artificial flavours (why do you need to flavour popcorn?!?) and colours (ditto). Popcorn cooked in coconut oil and a bit of salt on the stove is delicious and much less toxic.ReplyCancel

  • We pop our own for home but Coles has an organic popcorn ready popped which I keep in freezer and put into mini ziplock bags for a lunchbox treatReplyCancel

  • Bek Straughan yes, please share the link to recipe!ReplyCancel

  • I love all ur ideas. Diane Ballard the fried rice is a great option, Im adding it to our lunchbox menuReplyCancel

  • Sorry on iphone so did the lazy link up! Here is the link! Enjoy!
    It makes a big batch but lasts in the fridge or freezer! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I make wraps for my kids. They love them and are a great way to get veggies and salads into them. Avocado, cheese, grated carrot and cucumber, baby spinach leave and ham or turkey with a drizzle of salad cream. They always finish them.

    I freeze slices of fruit which they love in the morning and they help to keep the lunchbox cold.ReplyCancel

  • Channy

    How do you stop the cruskits going soggy by lunch time?

    • Lisa

      Hi Channy

      I wrap the boys rice cakes in alfoil & put in lunchbox. The lunchbox is made up at night ready to collect in the morning. I have done this for jam, cheese & vegemite & nut butters and they are still reasonably crunchy by lunchtime. I imagine cruskits would be the same. Hope this helps.ReplyCancel

    • Juanita

      I know this is late so I hope you see it! I find not putting butter or marg on helps keep them from going soft. I think they stay pretty crunchy with peanut butter on them.ReplyCancel

      • My kids don’t complain of them going soggy, but your right Juanita, there really is no need for margarine when spreading on peanut butter ReplyCancel

  • Can you freeze fried rice? Trying to be an organized housewife :)ReplyCancel

  • Yep I always do just in little/big containersReplyCancel

  • we do lots of hommus and guacamole with veggie sticks!!ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    Essentials here are premium crackers or rice cakes, homemade dried fruit, few tins of two fruits or similar. Baked beans or tinned spaghetti for the times my 6 yr old is refusing sandwiches and then some honey tiny teddys as an occasional treat for very good behaviour :)ReplyCancel

    • Zara

      Meg I was just talking to hubby about drying fruit, how do you do it?ReplyCancel

      • Julie

        Hi Zara
        A Dehydrator is the best way to dry fruit. Pick up a cheap one either online or at goodguys etc (i got one online for $70)…. to see if you like using it before you go on to buy a more expensive one (can get up to around $400-$500). Can make SO many things – biltong (dried  meat – it is a treat for some ;) ), vegetable chips etc…ReplyCancel

        • Pcorderoy

          Hi, I’d love to make some biltong using a dehydrator.. can you tell me how? thankyou!!ReplyCancel

  • Do the rice cakes not go soggy with with cheesymite? Maybe have to give its try…ReplyCancel

  • Both of my boys love Rice Crackers and the Apricot Balls. What’s Cheesybite?? I might try some rice cakes for them though, not a bad idea. I used to eat them often, haven’t bought any for ages. Other than Dried Apricots (and occasionally dried apples for Alexander) I can’t get my boys to touch dried fruit. They both inherited my dislike for sultanasReplyCancel

    • Cheesybite is the cheesy flavoured Vegemite, like vegemite but not as strong a flavour. ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    Loving the suggestions. I always have popping corn in the pantry. It takes just minutes to pop some corn in the morning before school and it’s a nice treat to find in the lunch box.ReplyCancel

  • […] The Organised Housewife has some great Lunch Box Essentials for the Pantry. […]ReplyCancel

  • Marissa

    Thanks for those great tips. Dried fruit is also our trusted back up. Long(er) life flat breads & tortillas have also been handy to have in the pantry when bread supply is low. Fillings include, cheesymite, low fat mayo with grated cheese & grated carrot.ReplyCancel

    • Marissa

      Cheesybite, that is!ReplyCancel

    • hmmm…. is that all together Marissa? Might see if my kids will try it?ReplyCancel

      • Marissa

        Giggling at myself Katrina! No, they haven’t been brave enough to try all of those together yet. I do know a friend who adds a thin spread of vegemite to her salad sandwiches so I should probably “never say never”! ReplyCancel

  • colette

    might go try some apricot balls! I’ve seen before you having yoghurt covered somethings (sultanas??) Where do you get them?ReplyCancel

    • The yoghurt covered balls can be found in the health food section of the supermarket. The apricot balls are in the dried fruit section. Hope the kids enjoy them!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    There are some great ideas being posted! Our school has a Crunch & Sip Policy which means the ONLY snacks allowed are fresh fruit & if you must put in something else multigrain crackers & cheese or yoghurt. No drinks exept water. The school canteen also only has healthy options available. So our lunchbox looks like this: 1x Banana, 5x Strawberries, 1x healthy sandwich, Multigrain Crackers & cheese or yoghurt. It has taught the kids so much about healthy eating & i find our daughter making healthier choices at hone too!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    My kids also enjoy the dried crunchy bananas as a treat.ReplyCancel

  • HelenR

    Our lunchbox pantry essentials are pretzels, rice crackers, muesli bars, home cooked “air popped” popcorn, dried banana chips, dried apricots and sultanas.ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    Little tins of tuna & spaghetti.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    I make a mix of rice party mix popcorn nuts and one bag of chocolate nuts. The chocolate element is small the bulk comes from the popcorn and it’s healthy with a small amount of treat being the chocolate. I make it in a large tub and use a measuring cup to scoop one cup into a zip lock bag.ReplyCancel

  • June

    Plain milk poppers a couple of a days a week. Don’t really do prepackaged food. Make our own yoghurt, chips, roasted chickpeas, roasted corn kernls, grain free bars. Everything is fructose free in our house.ReplyCancel

  • Jesta

    Pantry essentials for us are, 
    Big tub of seeds (sunflower and pepitas) dried apricots, banana chips and sultanas to make little containers of trail mix.Popcorn, Pretzels, plain corn chips, sesame snaps, large tins of two fruits ( I divide into small containers).Rice thins, dry biscuits (salada’s, cruskits, sakata’s), Plain marie or arrowroot biscuits.Dried cereal such as cheerios, mini wheats etcReplyCancel

  • HI , how long would it be safe to keep rice cakes with vegemite and butter already made up in pantry for, would clad wrap and clad bags help?ReplyCancel

  • OOPPss I meant in fridge not pantry!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Hi Suzanne, Ooh i would only keep them in overnight. I think anything after that they may go a bit chewy.ReplyCancel

    • You are very right Katrina, I tried they did go soggy! Been thinking of doing school lunches 2 days ahead, Will stick to my usual routine. A extra minute in the morning wont disrupt school run.ReplyCancel

{Printable} Back to School: Fractions

When my kids are finding something hard to understand at school I try and help them further at home, be it spelling, telling time or handwriting.  Over the next few day’s I will share with you some resources that have been a fantastic help to us. Fractions is a hard concept to grasp, my kids […]

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  • Love it! How simple but effective.ReplyCancel

  • I’m eager for qfont so I can start practicing my hand writing to teach my children ReplyCancel

  • This is great kat, thanks for sharing. Fractions are hard but so important all through life! Learning properly and really understanding will be so much easier with something like this.ReplyCancel

  • Mtomsey77

    this is visually a great idea, although my kids are only starting Grade 1 this year and not quite at this stage yet, i think i will print it out regardless. I totally agree with the cooking though, i try to teach them fractions whenever we bake togetherReplyCancel

  • just printed this out and went through it with my 6 year old son who understood it. such an easy way to teach fractions. baking is also a great idea that i also do with my kidsReplyCancel

  • had i had things like this back in the day at school, i would have been ace at maths!!!ReplyCancel

  • Oopsiemumma

    That’s awesome! Thank-you have printed it and stuck it on the wall already.ReplyCancel

  • Ailsa

    Thank you so much. It’s just what I’ve been looking for!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina,

    Another way to help them visualise their fractions is for each child to make their own fraction wall. This is an activity we do with Year 7s in class.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Thanks Katrina, this will be a big help to my oldest son. I love your blog by the way, I find lots of your tips very helpful and useful, keep up the fantastic work!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I wish I’d had this a couple of years ago. Thought you might like this site – it helped my daughter (and me) a lot – – we used it extensively for all sorts of fraction work like improper fractions etc. It has great explanations, and test pages.ReplyCancel

  • […] While placing the male view with more educational material. I got these free pintables’ from The Organised Housewife’s website and stuck them up on the wall, now he has something to read to keep his brain ticking over. […]ReplyCancel

{BACK TO SCHOOL} Freezable lunch box treats

Wow, a {DAILY TASK} on facebook last week caused a wave of discussion…. this was the task: {DAILY TASK} Start stocking your freezer with homemade freezable baking treats (muffins, cookies or scrolls) ready for school lunch boxes. My plan for baking this week: Blueberry Muffins Choc Muffins Jam Drops Savoury Scrolls Last week I got into […]

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  • Can I just say thanks so much for sharing this! I’m always on the lookout for new freezer friendly recipes!ReplyCancel

  • My children don’t go back until Feb 3 best l start baking these recipes are fab thanks ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for this. With four kids at school and a hubby working I’m going to the best wife/mum around now ;) Awesome ideas. And will save do much by not buying pre made stuff. Cheers again. ReplyCancel

  • It was certainly a very helpful conversation. I have been baking mode since. Thank you for the link to my blog (A Multifarious Me). Hopefully someone will find that freezing tip helpful :-)ReplyCancel

  • What a fantastic list – I’m loving all the freezer recipes! Thanks, Kat, for all that typing and linking. A huge job!ReplyCancel

  • I was looking for one of these recipes last night and told hubby I couldn’t remember if I saw it on this fb page or stay at home Mum’s page. Long story short he told me I really should spend more time looking at this page so I could be organized enough to remember where I saw it!!! Cheeky bugger :)ReplyCancel

  • Just double checking all these recipes can be made in advance and piled up in the freezer and then pulled out of the freezer each day and thaw in the fridge or lunch box?ReplyCancel

  • Thanks! Suzie, we have a week to go too! Will try to use it wisely with these ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much this is going to be a life saver AWESOME!ReplyCancel

  • Shakeah

    Jut wondering if it might also be a idea to have at the bottom of the page how long you can store say Muffins, biscuits etc in the freezerl
    Thanks again! Alot of Mums like me are very greatful for this page :)ReplyCancel

    • Most are up to 3mths… but they never last that long! :-)

      Also Shakeah, it’s about how you wrap the item. A lot are best individually wrapped and then bagged. Personally, because mine only last a week or two in the freezer, I use zip lock bags and the small clip-lock containers (depending on the item). Make sure the baking is completely cool before freezing.

      I hope this helps :-)ReplyCancel

  • Wow, that is a huge blog post! Mammoth effort Katrina, well done :) It’s terrific!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for these. I will be making the mini muffins, and the cheese and bacon scrolls today. :)ReplyCancel

  • thank you, thank you for this list! My plan was to find some recipes this week and now all I have to do is cook!ReplyCancel

  • thank you! have been waiting for this one, going to get baking now with the help of my Thermomix!! The Owl & The ElephantReplyCancel

  • THANK YOU SOSOSOSO much!!!! This has majorly helped me get my lil boys 1st yr @school more Organised & yummy ;DReplyCancel

  • Jos @sew, cook, laugh & live

    I was wondering where all the traffic on my blog was coming from! Thanks for sharing some of my fave recipes!ReplyCancel

  • I don’t have kids at school anymore but i do have a hubby that needs healthy goodies for work instead of buying crap! ThanksReplyCancel

  • Samy_savva

    I am a mum with a preschooler (school supplies all foods) but this list of food is WONDERFUL. My daughter and I get great enjoyment out of cooking/baking together and this will just continue it. My printer at work tomorrow is going to get a work out :-)ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for putting all these together in one. I was trying to follow it all on FB but this makes it SO much easier. Thanks againReplyCancel

  • brella

    This is quite a simple and economical recipe. My kiddies love to help me make these. I have not packed them for lunch yet ReplyCancel

  • Big thank you from my family. You’ve inspired me in many ways, love following your page!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    A great list to inspire me and keep the kids happy too.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Awsome! Thanks for organising this list, I had been searching for ideas when a friend told me about your site. Great recipes and you have saved me time looking. ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    Great ideas. Thanks! Shared with friends. :)ReplyCancel

  • Candicelewi

    These healthy snack recipes are great, but as a working mum myself, I know there are others out there who are looking for healthy lunch box bars off the shelf as we have limited time for making our own. Supa Secrets snack bars are specially created for kids’ growing bodies, developing taste buds and active lifestyles. They use the best ingredients possible to ensure the kids get nutritional benefits – and my son loves the ballistic berry flavour! I found them in the health food section at Coles or you can get them online at

  • Jeltan

    I’m considering asking some of the Mums around if they would like to co-op – we could each cook bulk batches of one item and portion wrap. We only have to cook one thing (working and studying mum of 2 primary aged boys) but have a range of lunchbox foods in the freezer!ReplyCancel

    • That’s a great idea Jeltan.

      I am currently cooking my “friendly foods” for my Mum, my son, my husband and me. I find doing a big batch for the whole family is great… although I ran out of room in the freezer!!ReplyCancel

  • […] I made some cookies. I used a recipe from The Organised Housewife’s back to school luchbox series. I followed it, I swear I did. The plan was to cook half the mix now and put the other half […]ReplyCancel

  • […] My oven has also been broken the past 2 weeks, which has been a struggle as I LOVE to bake.  The holidays will be a great opportunity to bake some muffins, cookies and restock the freezer of lunchbox treats. […]ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    love this page! well done, finally a list where everythink is suitable to freeze & for lunchboxes! life made easy for me Im very appreciative :) and loving your cheats ways are awesome thanks heaps ReplyCancel

  • Michele

    Such a great list! Can’t wait to try some of these! You’ve done a fab job Kat :)ReplyCancel

  • All of my recipes are freezer friendly over at Friendly Foods for Fletcher!

    They’re also gluten free and dairy free… back to school for me tomorrow (I’m a teacher) so the weekend was full of baking – which I loved! The only reason I stopped was because the freezer was full!


  • Tegan

    Do your frozen treats unfreeze in time if they are in cooler bags? I would love to incorporate this with my children but my preppy has a cooler lunch bag and my kinders have theirs put in a fridge…ReplyCancel

    • Marie

      I take mine out f the freezer when i put their lunch boxes together the night before so they defrost in the fridge overnight :)ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I’m thinking about doing some freezing for my girl starting kindy this year. They have a rubbish free rule (no packets, cling wrap etc) so would like to freeze without individually wrapping. Any suggestions of the best way to do this? Was thinking of placing baking paper between each layer in a tupperware container. Would this keep them fresh enough do you think?ReplyCancel

    • Marie

      i freeze on a tray and then once frozen pop everything in a snap lock bag :)ReplyCancel

  • Kali

    This has been fantastic! I have so far made the cookies and the bacon & vege slice and the kids seem to love them! With my baby starting school this year, I was sick of buying the chips to shove in all 3 kids lunchboxes! Wanting something easy, quick and relatively healthy for them! We are short on time with 2 of us at uni this year so these are great ideas! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie Giles

    This is great, thanks for the ideas and sharing the recipes! Always appreciate things that make life that little easier! Also great to be able to give the kids home cooked things (just starting to do that more consistently!)ReplyCancel

{Back to School} Great how to graphic on how to tie shoe laces

This is a fantastic graphic showing different way’s to tie shoe laces, who knew there were so many stylish ways.  Great talking point for kids starting a new school. I usually tie as H shows.  Some of these would look really funky with multicoloured laces (but our school is black laces only).    Step by […]

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  • Has anyone tried those elastic no tie laces?ReplyCancel

  • Best laces for those just starting school, available at athletes foot, called one second laces. Already looped, pull the loops to loosen and the tabs to tighten. Won’t break like the elastic ones.ReplyCancel

  • @ Kathrina Thanks. I have twins starting kindy this year so that will save a bit of time in the mornings. Once again thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina – yep. My father-in-law used them after his stroke – brilliant! ReplyCancel

  • The way I do them is not on this list. I learnt from my Dad and I thought it was pretty bog standard!

    I love this list though. It would have been fab in the 80’s when we had those made shoelaces that had patterns and words on them!!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    very interesting Katrina my rope/knot lover little boy will love this.ReplyCancel

Free Lunch box note printables, creating fun memories for the kids

As you all know I enjoy creating special treats for my kids lunchboxes, but another something special is when I pop in a little note.  I may do it just for one child and someday’s I do it for all 3, something to help boost their day.  Also another creative idea is writing a little […]

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{Reader Question} Homework nook

Could you please share more about your homework station, where did you buy it from and please include pics of how you store your art supplies.  What is your homework routine? Here is our homework nook The homework nook sits in our dining area which is where all homework is completed. On Top In the […]

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  • Such a great idea. I’ll have to remember that when mine start schoolReplyCancel

  • That’s great. You are so inspirational!ReplyCancel

  • I’m definitely doing this. Love it ! ReplyCancel

  • Penny

    our homework routine failed dismally last year. I am trying hard to get organised and ready for the new year. I am going to get the mag holder for my daughters home work book and home reader. I look forward to getting ideas from other busy mums with tiny houses on thier organising tips. I love your blog Katrina and I have improved many areas of my house with your tips and tricks. Keep up the fantastic work.ReplyCancel

  • I like the idea of the rotations. My second is starting school so this might just work. Any ideas for dealing with twin preschoolers while all that is going on? Lol. XReplyCancel

  • Like Penny homework time always fails for us & usually ends up in a screaming match – can’t find a pen, can’t find my homework, I want to play the Wii … I am determined to set a strict routine this school year with the 2 Primary aged kids – the high schooler – no idea how to tackle her yet!! Tips welcome. My kids don’t get off the bus until 4.20 so it makes afternoons before dinner all the more time-poor. ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    you are amazing – did you grow up in a house this organised and routines. Your child must feel amazing, safe and nurtured in the home environment you have made. Such an inspiring person xReplyCancel

  • That’s a terrific homework routine and this year I’m going to try and do something similar. Homework becomes difficult in our house because we have a 2 and a 3 year old who like annoying the older two and taking their things. I’m not sure what to do about that yet, because they’re not easily distracted from such an important task as annoying their siblings!!!ReplyCancel

  • Great idea – I have some drawers that need to be cleaned out and a paper/ pencils/craft cupboard that needs reorganising. Oh and one more day before I go back to work – so it looks like my day it sorted! :-) thanks for the idea.ReplyCancel

  • Our homework routine last year was pretty basic, just sit at dining table and lounge until done, while one of them did their maths sheet or english sheet, I’d read with the other one and then test them on their spelling words. The two afternoons we were at gymnastics meant we only had limited time so it was usually spelling on one day and reading on the other. That worked because Monday is a gymnastic day for us and thats when they get their new spelling list, so Monday after gymnastic we did spelling.

    I had two baskets I’d store the homework supplies in, the bigger one stored their books and papers and the smaller one stored pens/glue etc. Because we are almost ready to move into the new section of our house the place I store homework will need to be changed and I’m thinking of getting a cupboard custom made to store homework/school bags along with keys and wallets etc.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! This is my area of reorganisation for this week and you have given me tons of inspiration. Our school supplies are in every area of our home & I’m sure that we have about 10 sets of everything for 2 kids. Thank you so much for sharing with us…ReplyCancel

  • Great idea, I luv it, I’m going to try it this yr. ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Great idea. I never make mine do the homework on weekend (includes Friday night) unless they didn’t complete something during the week. Last year reading and spelling was homework for 10 yr twins – more often than not we sat on their bed and did it as it was quiet. The 12 yr often did her homework off her own back. Most nights they read to me at bedtime took turns and read to self while with another. Being a single mum makes it hard at times, I did fall asleep on them a few times
    I’m starting studying this year so I’m hoping that each afternoon we can all sit around the dinning table for about half hour and do homework together.
    Going to get some mag holders.ReplyCancel

  • Although my daughter’s homework load is due to increase this year (Yr 3), I found last year’s routine worked well for us. As soon as we get home, they change out of their uniforms and have afternoon tea while chilling out with a little TV (half hour max) while I sort out their schoolbags. Then if the weather is fine, I get them outside playing till 5pm. This is very important in our household – plenty of fresh air and exercise stimulates their mind and gets the good hormones going, not to mention it takes advantage of the available daylight (particularly in winter). Then at 5pm my daughter has her shower while I sit with my son (will be Yr 1) and listen to his reader or go over the worksheets he brings home. Once my daughter is finished her shower, they swap. My son has his shower and my daughter sits at the dining table (in our kitchen) and does her homework while I prepare dinner. That way I am on hand to help her easily while still getting things done!

    Also I found that splitting my daughter’s weekly homework load up over the first three days of the week really helped. Monday was maths, Tuesday was spelling and Wednesday was sentences. I worked most Thursday nights, so it was a load off my mind to know that her homework was completed by then and Dad only had to listen to her reader. Also it meant that they could go shopping and get a treat or spend their pocket money.

    Now I just need some inspiration to help me get a homework station set up. Although our routine was good, stashing everything on the kitchen bench was not! I have a console table right beside the dining table (splits the lounge from the kitchen) that I want to utilise. Any ideas?ReplyCancel

  • Although my daughter’s homework load is due to increase this year (Yr 3), I found last year’s routine worked well for us. As soon as we get home, they change out of their uniforms and have afternoon tea while chilling out with a little TV (half hour max) while I sort out their schoolbags. Then if the weather is fine, I get them outside playing till 5pm. This is very important in our household – plenty of fresh air and exercise stimulates their mind and gets the good hormones going, not to mention it takes advantage of the available daylight (particularly in winter). Then at 5pm my daughter has her shower while I sit with my son (will be Yr 1) and listen to his reader or go over the worksheets he brings home. Once my daughter is finished her shower, they swap. My son has his shower and my daughter sits at the dining table (in our kitchen) and does her homework while I prepare dinner. That way I am on hand to help her easily while still getting things done!

    Also I found that splitting my daughter’s weekly homework load up over the first three days of the week really helped. Monday was maths, Tuesday was spelling and Wednesday was sentences. I worked most Thursday nights, so it was a load off my mind to know that her homework was completed by then and Dad only had to listen to her reader. Also it meant that they could go shopping and get a treat or spend their pocket money.

    Now I just need some inspiration to help me get a homework station set up. Although our routine was good, stashing everything on the kitchen bench was not! I have a console table right beside the dining table (splits the lounge from the kitchen) that I want to utilise. Any ideas?ReplyCancel

  • with home readers …. they are read to me in the morning as I do the little ladies hair …. not wriggling and I can watch their accuracy without making them feel self conscious :)ReplyCancel

  • KazF

    We are praying that we stay in one spot this year – we moved twice last year which involved changing towns twice and schools once and in one instance a very long bus journey to and from school since we knew one of the moves would be for only 6 months. That way we can get into a good routine to start the year off. I’m generally not home to handle the homework stuff straight after school, so the kids are able to play outside or chill out inside till 5.30 (5 in winter) then come in settle down and start homework at the dining table and my computer desk nearby while Hubby and I are organising dinner in the adjoining kitchen.

    My eldest is going into Year 3 so his homework load will undoubtedly go up, though the 6 yr old in Yr 1 last year got more home than the one in Yr 2, so it wouldn’t be hard. They both have computer homework and written homework so they will rotate between the 2 work stations. They still have another full week of holidays yet so we aren’t getting too crazy excited about going back to school.

    I have treated them to a Lego art carousel with a couple of added things like scissors and glue as they are both Lego mad and it might keep them a little interested. I’ve told them they can only use it for homework. They get homework each night which goes back the next day, so no need for books hanging around the house.ReplyCancel

  • Our homework routine (such that it is) is a little erm. Shambolic to say the least. The Little Kid (in Prep) had reader and words to do each night, and the Big Kid (Gr 3)would have a work sheet, spelling words and 20 minutes of reading to do each night (probably 30 minutes all up). BUT we don’t normally get home til 6pm; and because the boys need to be UP at 6.45am each morning, they go to bed by 8pm (7.40pm to allow for the 20 minutes of reading each night) – so that gives us an hour and 40 minutes for dinner, showering, relaxing a little, music practice and homework. Funnily enough, it was the homework that normally got shunted to the side. The Little Kid will read his reader to me while I cook or to his brother – if he’s in the mood. Otherwise, I don’t force the issue.

    The Big Kid will normally whip through his worksheet on Saturday morning (deal there is I am doing housework – which I don’t like; so he’s happy enough to do his work sheet which *he* doesn’t like) even though it’s supposed to be spread over the week. He also often got a ‘project’ to do last year (they annoyed me – some were just too big for the time frame allocated without a reasonable amount of parental participation.)

    The Big Kid does what he can at the coffee table or the dining table. I am getting new furniture this summer – so I will hopefully be able to allocate the kidsa small section for homework supplies so we don’t have the endless “I need a pen/pencil/crayon/scissors” before he gets started.ReplyCancel

  • We have set up an area like this for the new school year. Does anyone have any suggestions for library books? School and public. Just wondering what others do. We lost one school library book last year – and need to be better organized. ReplyCancel

  • for library books, we have a cane rectanglular basket that sits on our hutch/cabinet in the dining room (next to our garage which is what we use for our main entrance). All library and school books go into this basket. As soon as they come home from getting them, they go into the basket and after reading them they are returned to the basket. I haven’t lost a book since starting this idea.ReplyCancel

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  • i love al these ideas i hope when my baby gose to big school ill be able to organise and use all these ideas (still got 3 years to ggo thank god)

  • Aaron27

    so glad i just found this site its so usefull, i recently made a homework nook in the loungeroom out of a small old cupboard it is so much easier, no searching mindlessly for pens lost homework sheets, glue sticks etcReplyCancel

  • Amber

    my daughter is 7 and our routine has been the same for 2 years. When we get home from school at 3.30pm she changes out of her school clothes and has afternoon tea. Usually plays in her bedroom until 4.30pm then starts homework. 4.30-6pm homework/reading. 6pm dinner. 6.30pm help clear up and house chores (wipes table, helps stack dishwasher, tidy’s her bedroom and packs bag for school) 7pm piano practice. 7.30pm shower. 8pm in bed lights out. This works well for us. We don’t have TV on during the weeknights. She is allowed to watch a movie or cartoons Saturday morning for max 2 hours. Piano practice everyday and on weekends for at least an hour. I believe it is important the child is above average in class as once they fall down it will follow on until high school. A lot of the time her teacher does not set enough homework. I find this frustrating as I believe homework should be set daily, and I am always buying learning books to fill in the gaps. In the school holidays I get her to complete a few pages of the learning books everyday and we have a rule that she can not play until they are done. After reading your routine I find mine quite strict but I like it that way. She has never complained about doing the extra learning things or about not watching TV after school. I guess if you start them young then they don’t know any different.ReplyCancel

  • Carley

    That’s all well and good, I STRUGGLE to do homework with my prep boy who only started a few weeks ago (long story). The problem is I have 2 under 2 and so their needs are always immediate and when I say to wait they aren’t happy little munchkins. As a result homework never gets done (don’t judge me) having 2 under 2 is hard work. To clean a kitchen can take all day because the eldest nearly 2 wants to ALWAYS be picked up. I can do homework late at night but then my prep boy ain’t in the slightest bit interested and just wants to destroy his homework books.ReplyCancel

    • That’s so true Carley, I like to get homework out of the way once they get home so then they can relax their minds and bodies, play outside and enjoy some sunshine. I can only imagine how difficult it is for you to get through homework time with 2 little ones. Can you set up books for them to draw in so you can all be at the table together at homework time???ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Leech

    OMG you guys are in such a shock when they start High School both my boys at least spend 3 hours a night doing home work each term have at least one full on assignment per subject. However, this is a great idea as the kids never can find pencils etc as they have left them in their locker at school so I too will be creating a nook like this but adapting for High School Students and another draw for my daughter that starts prep next year.ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Peake Fousketakis

    Love the ideas here, especially the magazine holders and pencils/textra, etc.. Something for me to do over the summer holidays.ReplyCancel

    • I have just finished writing a post about another Homework nook I just created for one of my readers, hopefully it will inspire you as well, it should be published in JanuaryReplyCancel

  • guest

    I have a 10 plastic drawer unit on castors from Office Works as my homework station. This way they can wheel it over to the table where they are working. It’s filled with all the things needed for homework and assignments. My 3 are Grades 1,4,7. We only have 1 completely free afternoon on a schhol day usually, so I just can’t imagine getting them to focus after 6 hours of school already during such a busy week. Sometimes they use their initiative and get some homework done while watching another sibling at sport. My routine for years has been that I sit at the patio table every Saturday/Sunday morning available for homework help. We are all early risers so we are usually done by 8.30am. Unless its a big assigment like, make a replica of the solar system! If they don’t take advantage of the time that I am completely available, then they do it on their own. These days, more often than not, they have started before I get up and I just have to check it.ReplyCancel

  • […] I created a designated space “homework nook’ in our home a few years ago which stores everything related to the kid’s school, homework and drawing.  It’s a storage unit that sits in our dining area and keeps all the school paperwork, and homework books tidy.  I have 3 magazine files on top for each of the kids to store their books and papers. Usually the school emails me permission slips which I then print and keep in their file until it’s closer to the time due.  The first drawer is for all our colouring pencils, textas, rulers, writing pencils, 2nd drawer is colour books, scrapbooks etc and the 3rd drawer keeps all the sunscreen, zinc etc.  See more pictures of my homework nook here. […]ReplyCancel