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Pecan Coconut Biscuits   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 40 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Cookies Serves: 30 Ingredients 125g butter ⅔ cup white sugar 2 tlb golden syrup 1 egg 1 cup coconut 1½ cups wholemeal SR Flour 1 cup pecans, chopped Instructions Preheat oven to 150C […]

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Thank you to my friend Mel for sharing this Mars Bar Rice Bubble Slice recipe with me. She made this at Christmas time for her kids and it looked so yummy I had to try. I wouldn’t add these to the kids lunch boxes as the chocolate can cause a mess in their lunch boxes […]

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  • What was the size of the Mars bars used?ReplyCancel

  • Janette

    What size mars bars and chocolate melts we are in Canada sizes would be great, thanks.

  • Mel

    You could basically set any slice into individual muffin sizes. I set cheese cake in muffin tins. Great idea that is. My eldest is finally off to preschool this year, and I’m liking that idea. Tomorrow is my cooking day. I best fine my mini muffin tinsReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    A couple of weeks ago I made Mars Bar Slice (think it was same recipe as this but without the extra choc) – for a change I just put spoonfuls into small truffle patty cases and sprinkled with 100’s and 1000’s then set in fridge. The kids loved them and they were a good snack size for a treat.ReplyCancel

    • That’s a cute idea, I had some today and cut off the choc tops, was still really yummy without the chocolate.ReplyCancel

  • Guest

    They look fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Hi what I did what put them in the long skinny ice cube trays and they were not messy at all. I just added some wrapped up for school lunch and it was great :)ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    Are you able to freeze these??ReplyCancel

These muffins were deliciouswarm, very light and fluffy with a crusty top. Remove the nuts from these muffins so then they can be added to school lunch boxes. Perfect for freezing. Banana Pecan Muffins   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 25 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Muffins Serves: […]

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  • Lauren

    Just made these but without the pecans and due to a recent event with my oven I am attempting them in the webberQ. ReplyCancel

    • Hope they turn out tasty!!!ReplyCancel

      • Lauren

        They are the yummiest muffins, they burnt slightly on the bottom but the kids have munched through them. ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    Muffins great, used up some bananas I had in freezer. Didn’t have pecans so used walnutsReplyCancel

This week has been the start of a very busy few weeks in our home. I have all my 3 kids celebrating their birthday’s in the next 2 weeks, along with other family birthdays. We are also in back to school mode, kids back into their school bedtime routines, getting kids items labelled, bags and […]

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  • Ana

    Hi there, whenever I have frozen pikelets or muffins they don’t taste very nice after about 1 week or so and my kids won’t eat it any longer. I put them in Pyrex container or Decor tellfresh. Am I doing something wrong? I see that you freeze things for a lot longer than that. Many thanksReplyCancel

    • Lisa

      I use ziplock bags and they taste fine even after a couple of months in deep freezeReplyCancel

  • These are great. I do this too although I can only do it for child No 1 as child no2’s preschool allows NO home cooking at all in their lunchboxes. They state healthy food only (so no packaging) but when I sent a home made raspberry muffin it was sent home! Makes lunch box filling for her a real challenge.ReplyCancel

    • Leigh

      That is interesting Amanda. What school is this that no2 goes too? No cooking, but no packaged? So is it just raw food?ReplyCancel

  • love the 100+ cookies!! Great list!!ReplyCancel

  • These are fantastic! For a working, very time poor mum like me any help to make the kids lunches easier is greatly appreciated. Thankyou !ReplyCancel

  • What great ideas, so easy and yummy. What more could you want?!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Have a laugh on me

    You have just made my evening! My fussy daughter is starting school but I know I’ll be able to get her to eat the scrolls, muffins and I love the pantry ideas! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    Thanks for the Easy Peasy Cheesy Vegemite Scroll recipe. They have always been a lifelong fav of mine.ReplyCancel

  • vkw

    thanks for the baking ideas and last Sunday I made enough of the vegemite scrolls+ the bacon and cheese ones and sandwiches that I froze.It certainly made school mornings less stressful,Now for some ideas to stop the bickering between the kids!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Murphy

    These are great but all except one recipe is full of sugar. Do you have any recipes that can be frozen and then put in a lunch box that are healthy? Any savoury muffin recipes that kids will actually eat? I’m sorry to be demanding :-). I will explore your site later just in case you already have what I’m looking for.ReplyCancel

    • retromumma

      I make a NZ styled cheese muffin: 1cup SR flour, 1 egg, 1 cup grated cheese (try tasty or a combination of a couple of types), 1tsp mustard; salt, pepper, paprika and Milk to mix…… cook at 160-170’C for about 12mins (depending on size of muffin tin)…. these are great for breakfast or for school lunches. If they are going to school I sometimes cut and ‘butter’ them because if they are overcooked they can be a bit dry.. Good luckReplyCancel

  • elana

    desperately need ideas! What sandwich fillings freeze well.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Clarke

    That’s great thank you, I was wondering where I get one of those lunchboxes you have in the picture?ReplyCancel

    • Jodie

      it looks like a Tupperware lunchbox – can’t remember what that specific one is called though – sorry!ReplyCancel

    • Prue Collard

      sandwich keeper plus they are called, current colours are pink or blue $32. if you call Tupperware’s main number 1800 805 396 they can get you in contact with a local Tupperware dealer. im in Bayswater Melbourne so diff state.ReplyCancel

      • Rebecca Clarke

        Thank you Prue, love all the wonderful things on your blog.ReplyCancel

A few years ago I was watching an episode on Dr Phil about parenting styels, a ‘helicopter parent’ vs a ‘free range parent’. A helicopter parent hovers over their children, follows them around and won’t let them out of their sight. A free range parent gives the kids freedom andindependencefor them to venture out of […]

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  • vkw

    I wish our schools were in walking/riding distance but my boys have been bussing since our eldest was in yr 2, middle son was in year 1 and the ‘baby’ in kindy(reception for those in vic I think).They were 6, 7 and 8 and only 2 others were on the bus so no big deal.However, when our eldest was in year 4(turning 10) he sat a test for entry to an academically selective class for years 5 and 6.When he started at the new school he had to catch a bus and also change for a connecting bus both ways.It was good practice for high school which starts in 7 days time :)ReplyCancel

  • Bobbi Coldicott

    With no offense meant, because we all need different things for ourselves and our children, why is there a need to coordinate this? Do we really need to schedule our kids’ riding their bikes/walking to school??? Can’t they all just meet on the way–if there’s a friend there, great–if not, won’t they just get on with it and go by themselves? Kids tend to sort this sort of thing out with each other anyway, and arrange to meet in the morning or not. It’s important for children to be able to do things (like get to school without a companion) on their own to build independence and resilience. For me, this is adding a layer of complication and involvement that is so unnecessary! I was told by our school that legally the kids aren’t allowed to get themselves to school on their own until they are in year 4 (and that’s with a crossing guard on duty) and I nearly fell over. Cotton wool, anyone?ReplyCancel

I have shared previously about how we get the chaos out of our morning routine and how having a evening routine keeps me sane. I’d really like to share details with you again about this as we have had them in place since the twins startedkindy, around 3 years old. The twins are nearly 10, […]

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  • Melanie Mullen

    Hi Kat! I’m very keen to the three charts however I think I need version 2. 4 kids, oldest grade 8 youngest grade 2. Am I able to buy the three charts of version two for the same price as version 1? Or can I only purchase version 2 separatelyReplyCancel

  • Wow – I love these – we have had similar things in our house at different times but I’ve never thought to include the kids making their beds or cleaning up after themselves. I am definitely going to put this in practice for this year. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely agree about the importance of routines! My son has ADHD but, rather than medicate him, we’ve chosen to work with him to learn behavioral coping skills. Routines are absolutely essential for that, and they’ve kept me sane these past 12 years!ReplyCancel

    • kckmom3

      I would be interested in what y’all do to help your son with his ADHD, if you don’t mind me asking. My 10 yr old son hasn’t been officially diagnosed with this but I think that he has it and it is very frustrating sometimes. Thanks!ReplyCancel

      • (Aaack, my reply got lost!)

        We basically have focused on teaching him ways to compensate for his ADHD symptoms. For instance, if we’re going to a place where he needs to sit down and be quiet, we’ll first send him down to the home gym to run on the treadmill and/or beat up the boxing heavy bag for a while. As he works out, he sings along at the top of his lungs with the stereo. That wears him out both physically and verbally, so he’s able to sit still when we get to our destination.

        When it comes to school, he’s been fortunate to have teachers who don’t make the students sit tight in their chairs all of the time. Our district is very good at encouraging them to work in groups, so it’s much easier for ADHD kids since they don’t have to sit tight and shut up the entire time. Plus the school is very good at sending out weekly emails from each teacher to let parents know what assignments and tests are coming up. That lets us stay on top of him.

        BUT we’ve made it very clear that we aren’t going to cut him slack when it comes to school. He *must* obey his teachers, he *must* do his assignments, and he *must* do his best. After school we give him some time to burn off energy before starting on homework. He gets a break every 20-30 minutes, or between assignments, whichever comes first. We review his homework sometimes before he turns it in, but the older he gets the less he needs us to do that.

        And, of course, we limit sugar, artificial preservatives and screen time as much as possible without getting too crazy about it.

        Btw, how are you liking the weather in KCK today? I’m in Leavenworth. What a difference 24 hours makes!ReplyCancel

        • kckmom3

          I know..this weather is crazy! Yesterday we got some much needed outside time and we had our windows open almost all day but today it’s cold and rainy!! Then tommorow it’s supposed to snow!Oh well, spring will be here before we know it. Thanks for responding…I like your idea about your son burning off energy before you go somewhere where he has to be quiet. We don’t have a treadmill but we do have an eliptical machine and we could probably get him a punching bag too or maybe a small trampoline. I try to limit sugary/processed stuff too. We are homeschooling him this year (he was in our church’s school for the last 3 years and it seemed like he was always in trouble) so we have a little more flexibility but it can still be a challenge trying to get him to concentrate and do his work!ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    Thanks for this….my daughter saw them and has made her own version for herself and her sister and brother. Lets hope it works :)ReplyCancel

I am slowly trying to get back into my regular routine of blogging, however having 3 very active kids at home I’m finding it a little hard to find a spare minute, so I want to thank you for your patience. I am pleased however to resume my weekly meal planning posts. Each week I share our weekly meals (which is from the week prior so I can show you pictures) and also the items I bake for morning teas and lunch boxes. You will find meals that are our favourites used frequently and I also like to find time to make something new.

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  • lissa

    i need help meal planning packed lunches from next week :)ReplyCancel

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  • pt

    How is you’re chicken curry healthy? What oil do you use. And the sauce you add is not made from scratch. Its bought of the shelf. And meat pies, mash potatoes or pasta are not the healthy choiceReplyCancel

    • I’m sure I titled the chicken curry as easy not healthy. I have never suggested that readers follow ‘my’ meal plan, I have just suggested that they ‘do’ meal plan. These posts are simply there to share recipes I have tried through the week. I have never claimed that my meal plans are only ‘healthy choice’ meals.ReplyCancel

    • HH

      The focus of this website is not about dieting, losing weight, getting fit or improving your overall health. It is about ORGANISING your home and lifestyle. In this post she is encouraging the concept of meal planning, not low carb, low fat recipes. If you don’t have anything nice to say, simply press the little x in the top right hand corner of your screen.ReplyCancel

  • JG

    I’m sorry but I didn’t see anywhere that she proclaimed this weeks menu to be full of healthy choices? Not everyones a health bunny and that’s not something to be judged on! I love that she makes the effort to share ideas and successfully inspires people :)ReplyCancel

  • Jules

    I love your website! using it everyday at the moment an LOVE it. Thanks for all of your work and effort, My family appreciates it xxReplyCancel

    • Thank you, Jules for this lovely message, I LOVE writing it, so much fun putting it all together :)ReplyCancel

  • pt

    Well in this day and age it should be about healthy choices, its one thing to be organised and another to be lazy. I’m not saying that a lot of effort hasn’t gone into this website, I’m just saying that eating healthy and clean is just as easy, if you are already organised then there really shouldn’t be any excuses. But eating things from a box, or a container is hardly healthy………………………ReplyCancel

    • Renee

      PT if your so against the way that Katrina has set up the meal planning, then don’t follow it. Set up your own meal plan if your not happy with the way it is organised here. This website is designed to help people not to judge and give negative critism. Like what HH said if you have nothing nice to say then maybe you should try a different website that is more suited to you.ReplyCancel

    • diane hecksher

      Really, if your so into health why not share your meal plan for a weekReplyCancel

  • Janevstar

    So missed your inspiring meal planning ideas, we try to low carb but you remind me of such variety, so welcome back to a new yearReplyCancel

  • MB

    PT, we would all love to be able to eat healthy meals but sometime it is just not possible. I have a home with 8 people living in it, 6 of the little people are under the age of 12 so for me having a meal plan is fantastic along with Kats other house hold tips. When I can I will substitute ingredients to make it a little healthier however sometime I just can’t. My point is, it’s the whole idea of having a plan is to keep me on track when organizing my family and Kat helps me and many other do that, don’t see why you’re not able to do the same and take the plan for what it is, a plan.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    I think you do a fantastic job and I take my hat off to you.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    I find it very difficult to read your negative comments PT. I actually think that Katrina’s followers are a community and support within itself. We all have family, home and other pressures and its nice to be reminded on the tough days that other women feel the same struggle, pressure and exhaustion to juggle the lives of all the people in their home. This e-environment was designed to connect and support and you don’t seem like a very supportive person. I feel sorry for you that you tinge it with negativity instead of sharing something helpful that could contribute to fellow followers.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My mother always taught me that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. I think this is an awesome site and the meal planner a fantastic example of getting organised – what this site is all about – and if I don’t like every meal on the example given, I don’t make all the meals from the example given. Cooking is about choices and I think PT needs to take their negative comments to a more appropriate forum. A health food site perhaps. I love the daily updates and ideas and will keep following. I don’t usually put my 2 cents worth in but sometimes I feel the need to speak up. Keep up the fantastic job and remember people who criticise just because they can are doing it just because they can. Says more about them than you/your site. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    I love your website! I have found some really great recipes. I get sick of cooking the same things all the time. I have organised my pantry, so I can find everything. So thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • Denise

    I love this website You have so many great ideas. I also love to read the positive comments from all the other members. Thank you Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • TW

    Hi I don’t usually post, but comments from PT judging your meal planning got me quite angry. Please there is enough negativity in this world without you being rude to someone who is just trying to help others. It is not up to you to tell strangers what they should or should not be eating. If you disagree with these choices fine, but please keep it to yourself. ….. Katrina I follow your page and have found many hints and tips fantastic! I have been able to organize my home and I can now really enjoy being a stay at home mother without the chaos ! Just want you to know your work is much appreciated !!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Thank you for creating an honest meal plan that we can actually follow and adapt to fit our families. I am loving this blog! It’s helping me when I’m a bit down with a couple of young children and renovations. I’m determined to use your site to help me declutter and really be organised so that i can teach my children these skills. Thank youReplyCancel

  • Ann-Marie Paterson

    Thank you Kat for sharing your knowledge and experiences. Life is not always as straight forward as we would always like it to be. Your website continues to inspire me and motivate me in the ongoing journey of staying on top of the little things so we can deal with the other trials of family life. I have found your organisational tips helpful and at times an absolute blessing! Thank you for reminding about the neccessity of variety in meal planning but at times to just keeping it simple to get through the evening. YOU ARE AWESOME!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn davies

    PT please go away. Just hit the x
    This is not for goodie goodies like you.
    I personally love the fact that its real and freeReplyCancel

  • Sonia

    PT.. Looks like we all feel the same. .. Go away and join another group if you have nothing helpful to say. .. I have one child that is G/F and one that is D/F so I can’t always make the recipes posted by Katrina BUT if I really like it and can…I simply adapt it to our needs! I certainly don’t feel the need to criticise her on her page! I think you are doing a great service Katrina. .. You’ve really helped a lot of mums and dads out there. .. Keep it up.. Your followers love you and your efforts xxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Sonia, I’ve totally missed PT’s comment.ReplyCancel

  Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 2 hours 15 mins Total time 2 hours 35 mins   Ingredients 1tsp minced ginger 2 tsp minced garlic 1 tlb bbq sauce 2 tlb brown sugar ¼ cup soy sauce 2 tlb shao hsing (Chinese cooking wine) 600g Chicken breast, thinly sliced 2 tlb peanut oil […]

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This is a great meal for a busy night during the week. Simple Thai Chicken Curry   Print Author: Katrina Recipe type: Simple Thai Chicken Curry Cuisine: Dinner Serves: 5 Ingredients 1 tlb oil 500g Chicken, cubed 4 spring onions 1 capsicum 1 tub Philadelphia Thai Green Curry Rice, to serve Instructions Heat frypan on […]

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  • Wow! Couldn’t be more easy. I currently use some green curry paste and light coconut cream, I wonder which is the lower fat option? Will be looking for Philly Green Curry next time I’m in the supermarket.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Wow! This looks delish. Just wanted to thank you Kat for the Baskin Robins voucher that you sent out via Nuffnang. I received mine the other week and I have just taken 4 kids and my husband for ice cream after dinner. They all loved it, there was laughter, smiles and even sharing. I didn’t have any but their joyful happiness was priceless. :)ReplyCancel

  • I’ve never seen Philadelphia Thai Green Curry….. where is it sold?ReplyCancel

  • I have used the green curry and the pasta sauces from this range before – they are the easiest thing ever!! Thank you for posting this though, as I often forget about them!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    This was tonights dinner – Yum!! Loved it. Def a new family favourite.
    Thanks Katrina for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Janine

    Philly Thai Green Curry is no longer available in the shops :((ReplyCancel

Our bookpacks have arrived and it’s time to start covering books. When my kids first started school I loved the idea of finding the fun contact designs and covering their books. Now, 5 years later if you say the word contact around me I may scream. Contact is not my friend. Despite trying so hard […]

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  • I am looking for covers with less skulls for my six yr olds they are a great idea and reusing cards too. I will have to check out washi tape.ReplyCancel

    • 4myearth have a range for the younger kids too, there is one with dinosaurs.ReplyCancel

      • Lisa

        Thanks for the tip re other designs – just had a squizzy on the 4myearth website & they have quite a few designs & sizes. I like that they had some for scrapbook size. Just wondering if they were easy to put on as there are no pics. They also say they are reusable, so I guess they just slip on?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I use the plastic covered exercise books from Big W (also available @ Officeworks) and get my kids to cover them in stickers from the $2 / Reject Shop – they choose the stickers.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    I use the book covers for my kids from stencil which seem to be similar to the range above. They just slip on and I reuse some of them from year to year as you can just wipe them over with spray and wipe to get them clean. They are bit more expensive than the ones I have bought from office works but seem to last multiple years.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    We use the ones at which are great quality, made from recycled materials and are only $1.20 each. SandraReplyCancel

  • When I went to the news agent today to collect my sons books. I asked if they cover them and with what…..she showed me the cover I think they r a great idea. no more fighting with contact

  • I love the fairy tea party cover – my girls would adore it! No school in our family for a couple more years yet but I’m hearing lots of friends talking about looking for an easier way to cover than contact. Hope you don’t mind Kat, I shared this post on Beautifully Organised today – think people will love these covers!ReplyCancel

  • The dreaded words “Contacting and labelling”. How “Back To School” goes from excitement to frustration to parents :) Just contact our books last week and another recommendation if you have to contact – steer clear of foil contact as they are the worst for bubbles. Wish I had known about these book covers prior to contacting. Thanks for the tip I will be looking into it next year.ReplyCancel

  • mel

    I love the plastic slip covers!great quality!Im reusing the ones we bought last year!With four kids Ive saved so much in contact this year!ReplyCancel

    • mel

      my 3 boys love the skulls and zombies but their are tractors,nature scenes and animals too.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I have that onlyc ‘Contact’ brand is any good to work with, it is really no more expensive than other brands and is usually available at both Big W and your local newsagent :)ReplyCancel

I’ve been blogging now for 3 back to school seasons, so today I wanted to share with you some of my previous tips and projects I have shared and in the coming days I will share with you more new ideas. 10 back to school money saving ideas Organised School Bag Nook This school bag […]

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  • Tammy

    Last year in term 4 I finally set up a homework centre: a magazine box for each child to hold their homework books and home readers. With one still on a reading log but no home reader, it made a convenient spot for her to put all the books she had read so it was easier for me to keep her log up to date. I also made up a box of Homework Stationery – textas, pencils, crayons, scissors, ruler, glue, sharpener, eraser – which is ONLY out for homework. No more delays about “I couldn’t find a pencil”!
    Also, we just changed sleeping arrangements, so with the attendant changeover in wardrobes, we have made a designated uniform drawer/shelf for each child, and their school socks are in a separate container in the socks drawer. Hopefully fewer mornings of “I can’t find my socks!” or “Where are my shorts?”ReplyCancel

    • Sounds so organised, we have a homework station too and makes it so much easier to find things. Great work!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Hi Kat & others – just wondering where you all store your kids’ library bags & wet weather gear (raincoats/umbrellas) when not in use. These don’t fit into our schoolwear drawers (which I did like Tammy). Would be grateful for any suggestions :-)ReplyCancel

  • […] I thought it timely to share (again) this fab post from The Organised Housewife.  What’s your best tip to keep your kids organised during the school […]ReplyCancel

A few years ago I used to run the uniform shop at my kids schools and it was surprising to see how many uniforms each families buy. Some families purchased a school uniform for each day of the week and some only brought a minimum of 2. Time, budget and how many kids per family […]

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  • My uniform schedule is the same, we buy 3, although my the younger kids sometimes have an extra not so good hand-me down one as backup :)ReplyCancel

  • Becci Sundberg

    When my eldest was in primary school we were lucky that they would wear generic navy clothing. I would buy 5 polo shirts, 2 cargo pants, 2 trackies, 4 jumpers and 3 shorts.
    I do think 3 sets is enough, but by buying this many at the start of the year with the back to school sales I would save money by having to buy replacement clothing during the year.ReplyCancel

  • I have one uniform for every day, as a working Mum I need to ensure that my son has a clean uniform every day. Especially now those stinky hormones have kicked in, gone are the days of my sweet smelling boy!ReplyCancel

  • I buy two to start with but as I ideally like to have three on hand I’ll buy another the fortnight after term starts. It’s just a lot of money to outlay at the start of the year. Uniforms are so expensive! About $35 per shirt and $30 per shorts/skort.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    My eldest starts school next year so we will be thinking about this soon. When I was growing up, we had 2 shirts/2bottoms or two dresses, plus one sport uniform that we were only allowed to wear on Tuesdays. We wore our uniform twice each week and everything was washed on Saturday. I will have more time than my mum did, so I’m hoping to do a mid week wash on sports dayReplyCancel

  • Miranda

    My boy won’t start school til next year, but I do wonder about uniforms. I work, so having 5 uniforms would work best for me – but he grows so much! I’m sure he’d grow out of whatever I buy him within months! Anyone had this experience? Tips? Hints?ReplyCancel

    • I work full time and bought five uniforms. Four regular and one sport. I only have the one child and he goes to public school (will go semi private for high school so might change quantity then). I bought one tracksuit, then three more pairs of pants when winter came around. It cost about $300 all up. He changes sizes really quick and I was worried like you, however the sixes were large-ish when he started and still fit now. will get 8’s half way through the year (maybe one or two shirts when school goes back). I think his growing slowed down a bit. Good luck. It’s a tough but rewarding year :)ReplyCancel

  • Cate

    My kids have four pairs of shorts, five shirts (including one sports shirt), and thirty pairs of socks between them.ReplyCancel

  • I have one in school and have enough shirts and shorts for him to wear for almost 2 weeks without having to wash them, then a couple long sleeve shirts and about a weeks worth of pants. Sometimes laundry is just not a priority when I have two boys to play with :) I can say I bought all of them at Target after school got out and spent less than a 100$ when he was entering K and since he hasn’t grown much he’s still wearing them in 1st. They will all go to his brother next year when he starts K so I feel I got my use out them.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    our uniform is essentially sports uniform all week for boys (black shoes for 4 days, sports shoes on sports day) and dress or shorts/culottes/pants for girls with sports shirt.
    For summer I have 2-3 dresses, 2 sports shirts for my daughter (she usually wears her dresses and stays clean enough to get 2 days from them), 1 skort and 1-2 trackpants and several pairs of sports briefs. She also has 1 winter pinafore (it’s dark so it hides the dirt!), 1 pair pants, 5 long-sleeve tshirts or skivvies to go with trackpants or pinafore, and 3-4 various styles jumpers/jackets.
    My son has 6 polo shirts, 4-5 pairs shorts, 2-3 pairs trackpants, and 3-4 sweatshirts etc. He changes his shorts daily despite constant pleas to wear them twice unless really dirty.
    They each have 4 pairs sports socks and 8 pairs school socks.ReplyCancel

    • Tammy

      My wash schedule allows for one white load Friday evening, and 2 darks loads on Saturday with a midweek catchup load as needed on WednesdayReplyCancel

  • lilwigs

    I have 5 kids, and only one sport and one formal (one Summer one Winter) uniform each. With a big-ish family I have to wash every night anyway…..not so good for the environment though. A LOT of dryer use. I do however have five pairs of socks each. They have to have the uniform socks (with the school’s name on them) and they’re all different sizes (wouldn’t you know it!) so I use a laundry marker to write their initial on the toe. It’s their job to sort the socks into pairs!ReplyCancel

  • Great to read what others do thanks. I have two kids, they have two shirts each (my daughter an extra dress) and we wash one while they wear the other.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    It depends on which day Sports uniform day is as to how many uniforms I need…. in Kindy, sports day was Wednesday… perfect, I could wash normal uniforms Tuesday night and they would be ready again for Thursday and Friday. So 2 normal uniforms and 1 sports uniform. Year 1 was different, and in fact sports day changed about 4 times throughout the year. I gave up and just bought an extra uniform. Now I know need to buy new items every now and again. My son still fits his Kindy uniforms, but I buy bigger sizes if they start to look tatty.ReplyCancel

  • Maude McGee

    I work full time (and so does my partner) and I only wash once a week; so I have four pairs of shorts for each kid, five shirts, two jumpers, and three pairs of trackies each. Oh, and about a million pairs of socks a piece. I’ve just done the inventory and bought another pair of shorts for the smallest boy (one pair went missing three weeks before the end of term 4 – three pairs does NOT cut it! It did show up, but still…) Most of the time, they wear three bottoms and three or four tops each week. Sometimes more.ReplyCancel

  • jess joy

    With 2 boys (preprimary and year 2) i have well stocked up since the first was in kindy. Ive also only bought from the uniform shop once and that wasnt even alot. Ive been very fortunate to have bought the schools polo shirts and jumpers from the opshop practically brand new and for about $2 a piece. They arent very strict on bottoms but generally as long as they look neat and tidy its all good. So far without listing EVERYTHING i have sizes 4, 6 and 8 in polo shirts (including their 1 faction shirt) jumpers, trackies in navy/royal, basketball shorts, grey shorts, navy shorts/pants and the number of peices i have is roughly 45 and wouldnt have spent over $200. Shoes are always discounted from target and on the rare occasion a shoe shop as they do last longer. Socks we always have, have always used a tupperware lunchbox, we have a million hats they choose each day and backpacks are usually new at the start of year. All up ive been pretty lucky with opshops and the local fb buy sell pages. Love a good bargainReplyCancel

  • My eldest starts prep this year, I got 4 uniforms (too large, but still wearable) given to me, and I bought another 4 sets secondhand. My mum wants to buy him at least one brand new set as well. It gives me enough to get through a week if I am too busy to wash, plus extra to go in his schoolbag. That just leaves shoes and socks and his hat to buy, and the booklist…ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    Summer = 2 dresses, two shorts and three tops. Winter = three pants five tops one jacket, one vest. ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Graham

    I have three kids. They have 2 tops each. The 2 girls have a a pair of skorts and some bike pants. My son has two pairs of shorts. Last year we didn’t have enough socks and am not going to be searching for socks every single morning this year. I have promised myself that I will buy them all at least five pairs each!ReplyCancel

  • Sam-O

    I have one for everyday this year. So much easier. My son is at a private school and his uniform must be ironed, so this way I iron the lot on the weekend (ahem… late Sunday night) and he has a uniform rack in his room. His uniform cost me less than the local public schools. I thought it would be way more but their uniform shop caters for 2500 boys all in the same uniform so I guess it is subsidised. I was expecting to buy lots of secondhand items but so far just have one pair of winter shorts as a spare.ReplyCancel

    • Sam-O

      The uniform shop told me last year that 80% of the kids in k-6 are in size 10 (and are for a long time – my Kindy boy went into 10s for term 4) so they do not get many second hand items – shirts in particular. After a year and no unmarked or holeless shirts, I get it!ReplyCancel

  • My kids will have 3 uniforms this year. We are homeschooling through a distance ed provider and bought them one ‘school’ shirt each with the logo to wear to ‘on campus’ activities like art and music, as well as homeschoolers group (total twice a week). We also have plain polos, plain pants and a checked dress for the girls. I will washing the uniforms on Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays.ReplyCancel

  • Glenys

    Up until this year I have been using 3 uniforms each, but last year there were many times when the washing just didn’t get done in time and kids went to school in a dirty shirt. So this year my boys have 4 uniforms, that is shorts and shirts.ReplyCancel

  • Stormwolfe

    this has been a great read because i begun to think i’d bought too much. my daughter starts kinder this year and with $350 in uniforms i thought i might have bought too much. But with 1 dress, and two uniforms for her i realize I’ve actually bought less many and perhaps i haven’t overdone it.ReplyCancel

  • Overworked Mom

    This seems so crazy to me…washing every night. Would never happen (with success) in my household. Of course, I have a tendency to buy too many clothes, admittedly. A holdover from when I lived in a small NYC apartment with no laundry in building. I really can’t see buying less than 5 uniforms. I went for 6, just in case the laundry got skipped. I accidentally doubled that amount on the longsleeve uniforms. Not quite sure how. But now I know I can get away with less. School Uniform Newbie.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    Just did my school uniform shopping and kids all starting a new schools. So I purchased 3 tops, 2 dresses, 2 skorts, 3 long pants and 2 jumpers. With another purchase of 1 official top and 1 official jumper to join the rest. I usually wash every 2nd day so there will be plenty if I don’t wash for a couple of days.ReplyCancel

  • Renaye

    I haven’t fully worked out how many uniforms I’m buying yet. I will buy my daughter an extra uniform to keep in her bag though as she is going into Kindergarten and accidents do happen.ReplyCancel

  • wiccanmumof4

    Our kids have a uniform for every day of the week. Probably 2 weeks… lol
    There is nothing worse, than having to wash uniforms, every day. Sunday is the day all the uniforms get washed, & folded, & put back in their school drawers, for the week. It’s what works for us. :)ReplyCancel

  • Libby

    3 primary aged children and both parents working means uniforms are washed each evening before dinner. Once the cycle is finished one parent hangs it out while the other finalises the bedtime routine. Polo shirts and dresses are hung on hangers to dry and save ironing . 3 sets of each summer uniform plus one sports uniform each, hand me downs used for younger siblings. 4 pairs of day socks and two sports socks as socks tend to “walk”. 2 sets of winter uniform skirts/long pants with 3 shirts each. Woolen jumpers washed when needed and dry cleaned with blazers each Term. Saturday is sport so I do not want to spend all of Sunday doing a week’s worth of washing and ironing. Pace it out rather then let it build up for survival and sanity.


    • Love that you share the duties Libby and hanging them directly onto the hangers is a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    My son has a formal uniform (Tuesday and Friday) and an informal uniform (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday) we started with 2 informal and 1 formal. I made sure I bought ones as large as possible while still looking ok ( my son is very tall and skinny). The next year I purchased 1 informal and 1 formal luckily the ones from the previous year still fit well so now we have one for each day of the weekReplyCancel

    • that’s a great idea Bec, I purchase them a little bigger too, kids go through growth sports before our eyes!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Hyphen Lee

    My son has 4 uniform shirts plus the sports shirt. He has 3 pairs of shorts, 3 pairs of long pants and his sport tracksuit pants. 2 knit jumpers and a school hoodie. One uniform set stayed in his ‘Kindy survival kit’ at school. Its a lot to keep track of.
    This year he still has the same number of uniforms but I bought him 30 pairs of the same socks, this was to avoid forever looking for pairs, which almost killed me last year.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Sport day is Wednesday, so my son has two full uniforms for Monday and Tuesday and are washed Wednesday then worn again Thursday & Friday. With a change to Winter uniform and specific school emblem hats & Jumpers makes it all very expensive. I’ve found this number works well.ReplyCancel

  • When I worked full time, my daughter had 4 days worth of uniform. Now that I am a stay at home mum, my son’s had 3 days worth, because I do (at least) a load of laundry most days. I started with 2 days worth, but in winter especially there where too many late nights of waiting for the washing machine to finish so I could put them in the drier for the next day. This is a great blog post, it’s interesting to see what everyone else does.

  • OPB

    When I was at high school I had one skirt and one tshirt and one that I wore everyday and was washed on weekends. You all are making me feel dirty!!! I also had a pair of pants that I would occasionally wear, a summer skirt for the hottest days and another jumper and tshirt that were poorly sized hand-me-downs, and I only wore when I couldn’t wear the others for whatever reason. In Primary school, I know I only had one tshirt for the last two years I was at school, and one pair of pants at a time (they weren’t part of the uniform so I could wear anything). I was never taught to wear clothes only once before washing, much less uniform precisely because it was expensive!!!!ReplyCancel

  • This is great facts thanks I have to do this debate and I loved your factsReplyCancel

  • Sue

    My 8yr old son is about to start a new school. I used to have 5 sets of uniforms as I had built then up over 3 yrs. As I work full time I have always done a mid week wash so I’m not washing all weekend. As I only have 3 sets of uniforms for the new school I will wash 2 sets on Tuesday evenings so they are dry by Wednesday evening ready for Thursday and Friday. It will be harder in winter but I may have caved and bought a 4th set by then ?ReplyCancel

  • My daughter has 2 summer dresses, one sports polo, one sports shorts, one sports trousers and one rugby jumper. She also has 2 winter shirts and one winter pinafore.

    My son has 4 shirts, 2 shorts, 2 trousers, one sports polo, one sports shorts, one sports trousers and one rugby jumper.

    I work full time but with three kids I can’t afford not to do at least one mid-week wash. I’m also lucky that the sports clothes and jumpers that were bought new for my daughter have been handed on to my son. I hope that this will also work from my middle son to the youngest who will start school next year!ReplyCancel

  • JulieB

    Lucky kids these days.

    When i went to school in the 80s and 90s I had 1 uniform, 2 if I begged for another to cover for the times I got soaking wet walking home in the rain!ReplyCancel

  • Tran

    School uniforms bought from school. I have 2 summer dresses, 5 polos shirts. 1 hoodie wind heater, l/s rugby top and pleated skirt. I bought from dept store three navy track pants, 1 navy skort, navy legging shorts. Might get a couple more track pants for sports but that should do it . Weather is so unpredictable…in middle of summer – one day it’s 40 and next 21 and getting 30mm rain.ReplyCancel

  • Tenille

    My schedule is exactly the same as yours. They have 3 uniforms… One House shirt, two school polos, three shorts. Wash the two uniforms on Wednesday, wash all three Saturday.ReplyCancel

  • Tenille

    Also, I have NEVER EVER hung them outside. They last longer and look almost new because they have not faded. I’ve had three shirts and shorts that have been worn since Term 4, 2011… for three years plus one term (boy 1 wore then passed to boy 2 for Prep in 2013, and boy 1 got new uniforms cos he had grown so much). Boy 2 will wear these uniforms all this year as well, so 4 years seems fair. If wearable, will pass to daughter for year 1 next year. I bought her second hand for a third of the price… These too had only ever been hung inside so looked as new after one whole Prep year.ReplyCancel

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