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This post is sponsored by Nuffnang It’s around this time every year that I buy the kid’s school shoes.  I have always been really particular with the kids shoes, ensuring they fit properly and they are comfortable for their feet.  Around the house, backyard and on short outings on the weekend the kids like to […]

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  • This will be my first year as a school kid mum! I think i am going to stuggle with organising lunches 5 days a week!ReplyCancel

  • having finances available after christmas is my biggest struggle!ReplyCancel

  • Westcoastkell

    My biggest struggle as my lil guy starts year 1 this year is finding the time. Between working full time and having a 18mth old girl and a hubby and we are in the midst of buying a new home. I just can’t seem to find the time to go and get all the school stuff including new shoes! ReplyCancel

  • Leona

    My biggest struggle is only that it’s my first time! So many details!!!ReplyCancel

  • My biggest problem is that my kids go to two separate schools (it’s the same school but two different campuses for infants and primary) and just the logistics of organising drop off and pick up!!ReplyCancel

  • With 6 kids in the household my biggest struggle is organisation. Trying to get each of their books, pencils, clothes labelled seems like a never ending task however I don’t mind that but making sure they keep their items in their own bags and own rooms is always hard. 3 of my boys are on the Autism Spectrum so organisational skills is almost nil. I have found having the plastic labels from Identity Direct have helped as they each have their own colour now which seems to be working better but we have a long way to go!ReplyCancel

  • Tina Munro

    My biggest struggle with organising kids for school is trying to stop buying all of the exciting stationery (my vice) for me instead of the kids.ReplyCancel

  • This year, it will be trying to find a high school uniform small enough for my daugther.ReplyCancel

  • lisa goddard

    honestly it is shoes… my son is very very particular about what he will and won’t wear. He is a size 12 (little) which means there is only a pair or two of this size in each range making it a nightmare for him to choose….ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is my kids adapting to school. They are exhausted after 2 weeks.ReplyCancel

  • My eldest is just about to start school this year, very exciting but daunting as well!! My biggest struggle will be keeping her lunch box interesting for a whole year!!ReplyCancel

  • I’m sending No.2 to Kindy and No.3 is starting DayCare. My struggle will be just getting out of the house in time to get everyone where they need to be on time without to many tears. And School lunches – I’m organised in all other respects of starting school (Uniforms, stationery, new school bags – xmas presents, lunch boxes & drink bottles).ReplyCancel

  • Cocoa Jo

    my biggest struggle is not wanting to buy the $80 dictionaries for each child in the book list. i would have thought at least a dictionary would be free to use at a school. So far i haven’t caved and bought one and every year they havent needed it…hopefully they wont this year either!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    Finding the money to buy 3 pairs of good quality leather sneakers for my 3 children and not having to get cheap K-Mart ones. Luckily they have enough uniform etc to get through another year.ReplyCancel

  • Kerri

    I think my biggest challenge is going to be doing the school run every day with Mr Prep, Mr 3 year old and their baby sister – all by bike!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    I struggle with finding healthy choices that won’t break the budget for 3 children aged 10, 12 and 14. They all like different things and the food has to ‘keep’ until lunch time and stay fresh. That’s a huge struggle for me.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Growing kids…I can’t buy clothes & shoes till the last week as they grow so much in January! Leads to a more stressful final week.ReplyCancel

  • Honestly – My biggest struggle is CONTACT!! It hates me and won’t let me cover books without heaps of bubbles, being crooked or sticking to my hair ARGH …… Oh and comfortable school shoes is up high on the struggle list too!ReplyCancel

  • Mardi Chapman

    With three kids at school, the biggest struggle was always covering exercise books according to child’s age, gender and taste – not to mention school rules and peer group pressure/ trends. Mostly a tedious and time-consuming task, fraught with ‘bubbles in the Contact’, there were rare moments of creativity and satisfaction with a job well done.ReplyCancel

  • Kelgus

    Not sure what our biggest struggle will be as Mr 5 is only just starting school but pretty certain it will involve Mr 3 not going along with plans!!!!!! ReplyCancel

  • Actually shoes are my biggest struggle, both my girls have very different taste and my eldest is really fussy about shoes as she has sensory issues. I’m dreading going shoe shopping.ReplyCancel

  • Victoria

    My struggle (all year) is all the bits of paper that come into the house. Maybe this year I’ll find a system that works for me!ReplyCancel

  • lizknits99

    Biggest ‘back to school’ struggle is school shoes. Getting something that fits well, has support and is affordable.ReplyCancel

  • Carly

    My struggle is starting back on a Friday so start a routine of early nights to have it go out the window for the weekend. Strange that schools would do that.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    No matter what time I get up and how well the moring is going – my biggest struggle is getting out the door with 5 children without someone (or me) leaving something behind. We have arrived at school with no school bag, no lunch and even me with my slippers on for work.ReplyCancel

  • Raelene

    My son is starting school this year after being in care with me for 5years so my biggest struggle is going to be letting go!ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    My biggest struggle this year will be getting everyone ready and out the door 15 minutes earlier than last year (7.45am start). I have to do a daycare drop just before 8am, school drop off no later than 8.10am and then it’s off to kindy before 8.30am. Now if ONLY ALL THE TRAFFIC would go in the other direction this actually might be doable…. Time management isn’t our strong point and with 4 kids all doing their own thing its difficult. Can’t wait until they’re all at the same school hahahaReplyCancel

  • Leeanne

    My biggest struggle is talking Miss 5 into having something other than honey on her sandwich for the whole year….every single day!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    This is all new to us with a preppy this year…i think maybe finding good shoes on a budget which will last more than a few months with big growth spurts. Also perhaps keeping the lunchbox interesting and home-made contents only:-) thanks for your tips along the way too. Michelle Roberts.ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    the count down to actually leaving is the biggest struggle, as they dont look at the clock to manage time. I feel like I am always motivating till we are out the door!ReplyCancel

  • Yvette

    Hmmm … biggest struggle of organising our little munchkin for school – not having any “Back to School” experience lol. He is starting Kindy this year and after downloading and printing the free Back to School Checklist, I’m happy to note that I’ve already ticked a fair few items off the list, with a lot of others to be checked off by the end of this week. It’s a great tool for those of us who are new to school this year – thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Rach

    My kids have wide feet, so it’s a struggle each year to find shoes that fit well :-)

  • Megsy

    With three school aged kids and a little 6 month old princess – all of the back to school prep is difficult. I’m married to a farmer, so he’s around very little and having to do back to school shopping with four kids in tow is problematic & frustrating! Can’t wait to get started LOL 😀ReplyCancel

  • Annette

    SHOES… my daughter is very particular about what she will and won’t wear.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest challenge getting organised with school things is finding time to do homework. With four smaller children, it’s just so busy trying to fit in homework for the big boys around the busy household schedule.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie oconnell

    Finding the right decent shoe in the right size for a extremely picky long skinny footed per teen. ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    With toddlers and teenagers, the list of needs is long and incredibly diverse. I find myself running all over the place trying to cater for the vast age range.ReplyCancel

  • Suzie Love

    My biggest struggle would be getting myself ready and my kids ready on time so we’re all out the door to beat the traffic every morning.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    My 6 year old son at 12 months he had an inturned foot and still slightly noticable with some shoes therefore needs to e specially fitted with a great shoe.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    Getting ready and out the door on time.ReplyCancel

  • Jalna

    The biggest struggle is just getting up, dressed and out the door on time. ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    My daughter is about to start school (kindy) for the first time. She is very “independent” in her thinking and likes to choose her own clothes each day – so I am looking forward to convincing her that the school uniform is indeed the only option on school days :)ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle would be to get myself out of bed. I hate early mornings.ReplyCancel

  • girls want them to actually LOOK good too !ReplyCancel

  • For the past two years, I’ve had one child at school and one at preschool, so on preschool days, it’s been a real rush in the mornings. My son is starting “big school” this year, so I’m really looking forward to the one drop-off and one pick-up on school days.
    But the one HUGE problem we all have when the holidays are over is getting up earlier again, as we always tend to stay up and sleep later and later as the holidays progress. At the beginning of holidays I always tell myself to try to stick to the same time schedules for going to bed and getting up, but we’ve never managed to, so far…ReplyCancel

  • Shannon r

    My biggest struggle is to convince hubby that 1 pair of decent shoes is so much better than the 7 pairs I purchased for mr 7 last school year !!!!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith Chiswell

    My biggest struggle is buying school shoes for my Miss 11. They are all into these ‘Volleys’ now and I hate them, not very supportive. I must have bought about 5 pairs for her last year. My Mstr 7 wears similar to your son and not a peep out of him, he loves his shoes.ReplyCancel

  • Di

    My biggest struggle is the morning TV session! Absolutely wrecks any morning organisation; so rule is no TV until dressed, breakfast, teeth, bag packed, shoes on. It is amazing how quickly my child can get ready when TV is the reward!ReplyCancel

  • Kiwi Sarah

    My biggest struggle is BIG feet – a 14 year old with size 14 (mens sizes) feet, a 12 year old with size 12, and a ten year old with size 11!ReplyCancel

  • Waking up in time to be organised in the morning!ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is keeping school paperwork like newsletters and notes organised. They always seem to be stuck all over the fridge or left on the bench – in both places they are easily forgotten. I’d love to be able to keep track of it all!ReplyCancel

  • Carol .J

    I would say most mum’s have this problem and that is to get the kids up and ready to go to school .I think that is the hardest thing to do ever …!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie C

    Having the booklists and they are sold out of the mundane stuff like pencils!!! It’s 3 suburbs away, dosn’t list enough detail to get an alternative from a newsagents/ Target / or similar and going backwards and forwards is a time wasting pain in the neck. Not to mention the petrol costs.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    My biggest challenge is trying not to use the words “hurry up” in our morning routine.ReplyCancel

  • Dee

    Breakfast, none of them want to sit down and eat it & then when all the dilly dallying & fiddle farting around has been done they run out of time. Yes we could wake up earlier BUT my little darlings hate getting out of bed. Struggle is an understatement where getting to school is concerned.ReplyCancel

  • Diana O

    Making them leave their toys at home. Yes it’s nice to want to bring them to school and share with friends, but that’s when accidents always happen and nice things get broken.ReplyCancel

  • Ian H

    getting them not to touch and move the uniforms before the first day of schoolReplyCancel

  • anARKy

    My son isn’t thrilled with going to school, so motivating him and getting back into the school routine is a tough one every year!!ReplyCancel

  • First of all to get myself back into gear after the holidays. It’s sooo nice to not have a routine with our 7 little people. Once I am ready 😉 we do a “stocktake” of the uniforms, who needs new shorts/shirts/shoes/hat/bag and the hardest part is than to come……keeping the ones happy that do not need new shoes or pants or shirts or a hat or a bag this year! Once this is all sorted they are all very happy to go to school and I am happy to get the routine back until the next school holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Definitely the amount of communication that comes home from school and keeping up with what is going on at the school and anything extra I need to have ready (be it money, costumes, etc.)ReplyCancel

  • RossS12

    Getting them back into a bedtime schedule that will allow them to get up on time without being tired. It seems as they get older they learn more and more tricks to stretch the time between when you tell them to go to bed and when they actually do.ReplyCancel

  • Alyra Shaw

    Getting back into routine after the long summer holidays :)ReplyCancel

  • Effie Bakkalis

    By far my biggest struggle is getting them out of bed early enough and ensuring they have enough time to get dressed, eat, and brush their teeth! The ticking clock is our enemy!ReplyCancel

  • karina w

    Waking up early in the morning again!ReplyCancel

  • Gabby H

    Buying the lunchbox would you believe, mum wants one that she loves but Mr Prep really wants a cheap one (that may need replacing during the year!)……..opps forgot who was going to school 😉 ReplyCancel

  • Fighting with the contact to cover all the kids school books – what a nightmare!ReplyCancel

  • My kids hair! Getting my son to be responsible and do his own and getting my daughters tangled mess out of her face without too many tears from brush the ‘knots’.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    I hate the chaos of school mornings, I much prefer the lazy holiday mornings! ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My biggest struggle is thinking about whether she will enjoy her new school and find a good friend quickly. This has been a hard area for us in the last year. I do need to buy shoes for her so it would be great if I won this one!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda

    Well this my first year doing the big shcool run and we were never on time to preschool so wish me luck also ill have a 4 month old in toe too :/ReplyCancel

  • Kris

    Definately the shoes…with a pronation of her right ankle (rolls inwards) we are trying to avoid orthotics by purchasing correctly fitted, quality shoes. They are very expensive but hopefully a good investment in happy, healthy tootsies :) $50 would surely help!ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is getting back to school term bed times. With daylight savings, busy days and later meal times, bed time has got later and later.ReplyCancel

  • Kim m

    Getting them to get everything they need in ghe same place (backpack) at the same timeReplyCancel

  • Getting them awake at the right time so they can arrive on the right time!ReplyCancel

  • Aimee

    I find getting them back into school mode the most difficult thing. Going from long hot summer days playing, swimming & relaxing to sitting in a class room and doing homework.ReplyCancel

  • Mandie

    Trying to adjust the schedule so that everything fits but still leaves plenty of downtime for the kids to be kids.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen f

    Getting myself dressed and ready before it s time to leave!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Unfortunately, that would be ME!ReplyCancel

  • Nicolle

    Getting them back into the habit of going to bed at a certain timeReplyCancel

  • Katie

    Providing a healthy stocked lunchbox that they will actually eat!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Cervetto

    My biggest struggle is Uniforms – as she is so tiny. Trying to find a dressmaker to take up and in or finding a size small enough to fit her – even size 2 is big on her.ReplyCancel

  • Judith Maunders

    Trying to leave it all to stay at home hubby and not doubling up – or conflicting – on tasks. Very hard for someone organised (like me) while hubby is more ‘go with the flow’!ReplyCancel

  • My biggest challenge is getting myself out of bed!!! ReplyCancel

  • Liz B

    Getting back into the routine of getting up, breakfasted, dressed, brushed and out in time for the school bell – much more relaxed at holiday time.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is that my son always has something better to do than what he needs to do!! I remind him that he will have more time for the fun stuff if he gets the boring stuff done quickly and without a fuss!!! He wakes up at 6am so there is no reason why we should be running late!!!ReplyCancel

  • I totally agree with you on all counts! My Husband also has knee & back problems, which I attribute to his always having hand me down shoes. My MIL can’t believe that I always go to athletes foot to buy my kids school shoes & runners.
    My biggest struggle is making lunches again – it is my pet hate! every day trying to think of something healthy to put in their lunchboxes that they will actuall eat!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Hay

    My biggest struggle is filling their school book orders- the stationery shop they nominate is ridiculously expensive so I have to shop around.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Covering the books with contact without too many bubbles and wrinkles!!…..I know you can just buy the covers but they can get quite expensive if you can’t reuse them + my kids love selecting their rolls of novelty contact each year – at least it is just once a year!ReplyCancel

  • My struggle would be trying to get everything needed across 3 age groups, 2 schools (high school and primary), AFFORD EVERYTHING, and work full time shift work. Thank God I have a brilliant husband who is just as hands on as me – things just wouldn’t get done without us working as a partnership. Oh – and the school lunches thing – we hate that too!ReplyCancel

  • lainskii

    Getting them to want to goReplyCancel

  • Meg Yates

    Our biggest struggle is having everyone agree on the same healthy lunch so that I am not making 4 completely different lunches.

    Thanks for the opportunity Kat :)ReplyCancel

  • THINKING about what to put in their lunchboxes … that’s my struggle!ReplyCancel

  • Bec Hyssett

    Getting the kids and myself out of holiday mode – what is the best way to get back into routine????ReplyCancel

  • Natasha W

    Getting them (and me) back into a routine will be my struggle.ReplyCancel

  • mellissa

    i have nothing but trouble with the shoes I got from Athletes Foot at our closest store at Cairns central!”Bad service all the way”,couldn’t get exchanges etc after spending close to $1000 in one transaction on shoes for myself and four kids…..wasn’t happy!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Taylor

    A snack that won’t come home battered and bruised, that’s not full of sugar, and that has no nuts in it.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle this year is getting organised in this heat while pregnant with baby number 3ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is convincing my special needs son that school is a good place to go and learn more, each and every day…ReplyCancel

  • This year I’m finding it hard as we have moved to QLD. this week so we now have the task of having to go select all our books for Mr7 as we missed the book order. But the new routine will get me having to be dropped off at school before 8:25…We didn’t leave home until after 8:30 last year and having no morning assembly so I could be a bit late. So this year I better get organised and hit the ground running.ReplyCancel

  • Jane Snaith

    Getting back into routine is going to be hard ,I think i might put cereal bowls and toaster out the night before as breakky is always rushed and have the no TV rule started a few days before. I’m also detertmined to get my 6 yr old feeling more capable of doing things himself such as shoes and socks…….not sure if we will do velcro or laces for him this year lolReplyCancel

  • julie steele

    my biggest struggle is a child who is ODD and refuses to go to school and too heavy to carry anymore and looses his books and homework etc and being a single mum and his father is no support and he had 91 days off last year and was told needed a medical certificate for more days and he said oh we can go to the hosp everyday and sit in ER and wait to get oneReplyCancel

  • It’s getting back into the routine & habits. All that pretty much goes out the window for the holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Cass

    Shoes. I always struggle to find the right size shoes for my kids at a reasonable price. Might have to find my local Athlete’s Foot.ReplyCancel

  • bluecatdog

    I definitely agree – QUALITY shoes over QUANTITY of shoes every time!

    For me, the struggle is the whining of the children NOT getting shoes on that outing…ReplyCancel

  • debbie

    I often buy the good quality shoes from Paul’s Shoeman the Roc brand. But this year I was looking into getting black leather joggers. Thanks, now I know where to look. I will be looking at Athlete foot this year for my daughter. Thanks again. Keep up the good work.ReplyCancel

  • I’m going to be a newbie to this whole school thing this year – very exciting and daunting at the same time! I have a feeling lunch boxes will be the hardest to remain organised for.ReplyCancel

  • I find it challenging to make sure the kids don’t play with their toys and things they are bringing for show and tell – we always manage to play with what they are showing and telling and then forget them!ReplyCancel

  • Suzie Q

    I have a girl going in to Year 2 who is very adventurous with her eating and will eat whatever my husband decides to make for her lunch. Master 5 however is not a huge fan of the sandwich and is much more picky; his lunches are going to be much more of a challenge!ReplyCancel

  • Thanh

    Their uniform! They keep taking them in and out! They often get misplaced and wrinkledReplyCancel

  • kristy

    getting my nine year old son with autism dressedReplyCancel

  • Michelle B

    Doing my daugher’s hair! Every morning its a struggle. I sound like a parrot “don’t move your head”!!ReplyCancel

  • kristy

    shoes with a 8 yr old with size 6 youths feet and a 5 yr old with size 11,its hard to find decent shoes.ReplyCancel

  • ladybirds

    My biggest struggle is to decide what to put in the lunch box.ReplyCancel

  • When the new year is about to start we go uniform shopping my daughter who is high school age is so fussy about sizing and I want to make sure we have something that will fit for the year she is worried about how cute it looks ahhh frustatingReplyCancel

  • CrystalB

    Budgeting so all school supplies can be purchased.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley C

    Just deciding what goes in the lunch box!ReplyCancel

  • Jayde

    Wondering how much they are going to grow and what the best size uniform and shoes will be.ReplyCancel

  • sandy

    Getting bedtime back to a sensible time and waking early enough….also mentally preparing to make lunchboxes again!

  • Getting my middle child to get her proper school shoes not, and shoes that are hers not her sisters or brothers!ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle getting my 8 year old son ready for school, is convincing him that his lunch box is ok and his shoes are cool. He is always wanting something opposite to what I think would be better for him! Typical child I guess.ReplyCancel

  • Keeping the uniform clean before leaving the houseReplyCancel

  • Debbie Y

    Trying to find shoes that fit each of my 4 kids. One has narrow feet, one very wide feet, one needs extra support and only one takes a standard fit. As you can imagine shoe shopping trips are just a tad trying!ReplyCancel

  • Andree

    Contacting books in a non air conditioned house! I would end up with it stuck on me, dripping with sweat and cursing!ReplyCancel

  • Nadine

    getting out of bed is the hardest part especially since we have been sleeping in till after 8 and they need to be at school by then…not looking forward to it.ReplyCancel

  • The most frustrating thingsI find is new ideas for lunches…and getting my 10 year old to do his homework. It’s always difficult when neighbours are on our doorstop as soon as we get home.. Only 1 year until High School now though…ReplyCancel

  • Bel

    Finding the right pair of shoes that will last! I know how important feet are!ReplyCancel

  • Katie gibbons

    My biggest struggle this year will be finding shoes to fit my tiny preppie!ReplyCancel

  • Karen C

    The first day back when the nearest carpark is about a suburb away from the School, and you’re loaded down with a mountain of books which make you lose circulation in your arms. Then rushing to find classrooms and offload that mountain of books.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Getting out the door by 7am so that I’m at work on time. It’s horrid waking him at 615 :(ReplyCancel

  • Meredith

    Our biggest struggle is finding the right ‘everything’ for four different personalities & needs. Weighing up needs & wants, social must-haves & quality can be overwhelming!ReplyCancel

  • Trudi Stefankowski

    Our biggest struggle is getting the kids up out of bed, dressed, fed and out the door in time. We are loving the stressless holidays and not looking forward to going back to such routine.
    I agree about buying quality shoes. They last longer so ends up costing the same if not less. I beleive we need to look after our childrens feet now while they are growing.ReplyCancel

  • I really struggle with the unknown of not knowing who my child teacher will be for the year.ReplyCancel

  • kay

    My biggest struggle is getting the kids back into a good, early bedtime routine after holidays, the getting, 1 to kindy, 2 to school, 1 to highschool, 2 to Uni and then 2 bubbas at home- its exhausting!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Wodson

    My daughter is very particular with her school items. All her folders and books are colour coded (her choice/need); uniform is prescribed, but as with any child, growth is constant and inevitable. The hardest thing is to reduce the stress that comes with sensory sensitivity with trying on new uniforms etc We have routines – one of them is Athlete’s Foot (thank goodness!)ReplyCancel

  • Monica

    Keeping them happy by involving them in buying books, clothes, shoes…they get to pick what they like within reason!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Sargent

    My biggest issue is my little poppet has tiny skinny feet and making sure she has comfortable shoes is tricky!! ReplyCancel

  • Sarah O

    Our biggest struggle is growth spurts, in 2 years we have gone from kids size 11 shoes to adults size 4, we have to buy good shoes with that sort of rapid growth, I hope it’s going to slow down! We are in year 2 this year and are wearing ladies size 12 swimmers (school sizing) not becuase she is fat, she’s tall. Goodness knows what size she’ll be in when she gets to year 6…ReplyCancel

  • Emma B

    A big struggle I have is getting my son to wear sunscreen in summer and his school jumper in winterReplyCancel

  • Ginny H

    My biggest hassle is preparing tasty gluten free food for my 10 yr old!ReplyCancel

  • Hulbie

    working out the battle between one pair of expensive shoes or multiple pairs of cheaper shoes (that will look new all year??) This blog couldn’t have come at a better time!ReplyCancel

  • Liz Carmichael

    This is the first year I will have Mutiple kids at Mutiple schools, my eldest is in year 10 and my middle child starts prep this year. Getting everyone ready and the drop offs will be interesting. I think I need to start practicising next week so we understand what’s needed of us come the actual start of school.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline H

    It’s all a struggle to stay focussed…getting up, breakfast, getting dressed, teeth done etc, etc…3 lovely children out of the house with smiles on their faces will probably be the biggest achievement…as they are loving the holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Sheena

    My biggest struggle is to get my sons school shirts,the uniform shop is understaffed for the busy period and car parking is the most awkward car park I have ever been inReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle will be getting my son into a whole new routine as he is starting Secondary school also getting the bus on time. As he will be travelling from Melton to Ballarat 75km each way.ReplyCancel

  • Kerri

    Biggest struggle is realising my baby is another year older :( ReplyCancel

  • Attila the Mum

    The mornings are horrible – don’t want to get out of bed, don’t want to wear a uniform, can’t find the right books, forgot to put the shirt out to wash & then getting out the door in time to get to school & work for me.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Trying to work out different lunches everyday. My son is fussy and this is my biggest struggle with him.ReplyCancel

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  • Kristi Williams

    The hardest thing I find about getting my girls (I have 3) ready to get back to school is covering all their books. This year I have 30!!! It takes me ages!! They are still too little to do it themselves (8,6 & 5)…my back is killing me!!! :) It is still exciting though…there is something about new stationery that I love!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alayna

    Finding shoes wide enough for my 2 kids with wide feet!! And finding sport shoes that are only white!!! ReplyCancel

  • Heather B

    I struggle to keep Mr 7 on task of a morning, he gets sidetracked far too easily. ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    There are a few struggles I face with 5 children in school this year.

    * Lunchbox variety while adhering to school policy on allergy awareness;

    * Earlier start time now that my eldest daughter will be starting preschool (sob, I’m not ready to let her go just yet) and getting to school on time;

    * Kitting everybody out isn’t going to be a quick one-time trip to the shops…. more like a week!!

    * Generally being more organised (after leisurely school holiday break) with early bedtime, uniforms laid out the night before, shoes polished, lunchboxes made up, no one lagging at breakfast time and everyone has a good nutritious breakfast, dressed, teeth brushed and bags packed… everyone in the car and ready to go before the school bell goes and….

    * First day tears …. keep a box of tissues in the car for me!

    Everyone is excited to go back to school in their new classrooms, new teachers and new friends as well as good friends.

    I am going to be a tad bit lost on their first day…. for the first time in 8 years I will have just one child home with me, my littlest daughter who’s nearly 3.ReplyCancel

  • Biggest struggle, Getting the older one to eat breakfast!! ARGH … thanks for the chance. p.s. alayna try the Ascent defenders they are awesome :)ReplyCancel

  • Aptly enough, my biggest struggle is with shoes! I make my son leave his school shoes in the car as he is notorious for forgetting his shoes (he much prefers barefeet). Then to add insult to injury he fills my car with sand when he takes them straight off in the car after school 😐ReplyCancel

  • Vic Ashcroft

    Keeping on top of the washing pile…school uniforms!!ReplyCancel

  • Kirst

    Biggest struggle will be dropping off my little man for his first day of prep! Hardest thing to organise is going to be time, especially at the moment, still need uniforms, shoes & books whilst trying to move house :-/ (I do have bag & lunchbox thou)ReplyCancel

  • We are pretty organised and have to be as we have to travel a fair distance to get to school but the one challenge sometimes is when someone is still a little sleepy and dwardling over their breaky instead of getting their socks and shoes on. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    Keeping the volume down on my voice and avoiding the words “hurry up” to get them to school on time.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Getting myself looking presentable enough so that DD isn’t embarrassed lol!ReplyCancel

  • Finding stylish school shoes and ignoring the ‘I want to just wear what I want’ comments almost every day!ReplyCancel

  • Our daughter has Cystic Fibrosis and has to do a lot of treatments before school
    It is really good if she behaves but if she decides to fight us that day it is a nightmare and we are once again late for schoolReplyCancel

  • Katie

    Biggest challenge is the juggling of three kids in the morning to get out the door – my 6 year old is pretty independent about getting ready for school and loves to be ready early but we seemed to get pulled in all directions by his younger siblings.ReplyCancel

  • Trying to find shoes that fit properly! My daughter has flat feet but really fat on the top and is a little pigeon toed, so I really worry about what shoes to put on her feet.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest challenge is finding a school bag, drink bottle, shoes etc that I am happy with but also she likes and she thinks look good.ReplyCancel

  • Smudgeydoo

    My problem isn’t getting the kids ready its getting me ready :-$. Love having them home for holidays. Kids can’t wait to get back and start learning. ReplyCancel

  • I imagine the hardest ting for us will be getting ready on time five days instead of three now that she is heading to Kindy.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest challenge is finding a lunchbox that’s big enough to fit plenty of food + ice breaks without being too wide that it will eventually rip their new school bags!ReplyCancel

  • Organising healthy lunch and recess plans!ReplyCancel

  • ZanneSB

    For Miss11, shoes have always been a struggle as she’s very active and into all sports plus I found we had to buy a new pair every 6 months as her feet just kept growing. For Miss9, she’s so fussy with what she wears. One term, she’ll only wear skirts, the next only cullotes and last year only shorts!ReplyCancel

  • Biggest struggle? Getting the three of them out of bed!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shane Lawrence

    Getting my daughter to sit still for five minutes is always a challenge for me !!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth West

    Getting back into routine after long lazy holiday days!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    I’m about to start this new chapter of our lives with my first born starting school… Therefore love the organised housewife for helping to stay one step ahead!ReplyCancel

  • Organising school books for high school. The primary school booklist is quite detailed with how many and what type of things are required, yet the high school list is quite vague. I usually end up with too many or not enough.ReplyCancel

  • Karlene

    Remembering everything. Lunch, drink bottle, hat, excursion money, show and tell, homework….ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Olsson

    My biggest struggle is the unknown. First one to start school and I don’t know where to begin in getting organised :O ReplyCancel

  • Laurie

    Shoes that fit, my boys have very wide and high feet like their daddy so all their sandals have to be velcro straps and no enclosed sandals, which makes finding prep schools a little challenging lol!ReplyCancel

  • susan

    Biggest struggle will be the mornings….. not a morning person… I am dreading the new routine I know we need to adopt as my first born goes to prep this year – also … Taking careful note of all organising tips and considering a practice week of park outings by 8.30am for 5 days!!ReplyCancel

  • My biggest challenge has been learning the ropes & getting tips as my little guy starts School for the first time.ReplyCancel

  • Getting to school on time is the hardest part on a constant basis…my partner and I are not good in the morning and our poor eldest son always gets to school late…time to turn over a new leaf me thinks!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Trying to remember who’s stuff is who’s! 3x uniforms of the same colour in very similar sizes!ReplyCancel

  • Getting three small ones (and myself) out of pj’s and into the car in ample time to arrive at school before the bell rings.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle school mornings is getting myself out of bed and organised! Two of my three kids organise themselves. My youngest is starting school this year so my routine is about to change.ReplyCancel

  • getting to school on time is my biggest struggle, i’m hopeless when it comes to time/organisationReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    My biggest struggle is making sure there are enough lunch choices for Miss 9 to make her school lunch….and to convince her that eating enough at school IS important!!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Palmer

    Organizing the lunch boxes is my biggest struggle and trying to come up with new ideas so the kids don’t have the same thing all the time ????ReplyCancel

  • The biggest struggle I have is letting my daughter go to school – she will be in Grade 1 the year and is growing up way tooo fast. But on a organisational level I struggle with book coverings YUK !!!ReplyCancel

  • Alyce

    We love Athletes Foot, however when we went in this time last year we did not get very good service at our store. Didn’t even measure width or do the footprint, was very disappointed about that. Hoping for better this year… :/
    Biggest challenge will be travelling to all 3 different school sites of each child, and still getting them all there in time, especially with the baby wanting me to b’feed her exactly when we have to leave! :/ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Crosby

    My kids need structure and so its really important to have a morning and afternoon schedule so they don’t get overwhelmed or distracted. Visual aids are really helpful and a great motivator.ReplyCancel

  • Doné

    My biggest challenge is to keep on being organised throughout the year and not only the first two weeks of school.ReplyCancel

  • Ironing – she insists on wearing the school dress over the tshirt and skorts!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa D

    Getting them out of bed! ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Getting the kids to school on time is always the biggest challenge for me.ReplyCancel

  • I just miss her so much when she goes back to school, she maybe 12 but she’s still my baby and I miss her like crazy when school goes back…o and remembering to buy fresh bread for lunches…if I forget she usually takes corn chips lol…ReplyCancel

  • Having to go shopping with the kids for things. One child on there own is fine but together is a nightmare.ReplyCancel

  • fitfabforty

    Packing a healthy lunch box every day, I’m a poor planner and usually wing it each morning.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky Siderides

    After the mayhem of getting 4 kids out the door to two different schools each morning, I find coming back home to an empty and trashed house the most difficult….ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Biggest struggle is not getting the kids ready and organise, its usually getting me back into the swing of it, and ensuring that I can get out of bed early and get the kids to school on timeReplyCancel

  • Julie Myhill

    Mornings are pretty good at our place, I work at the school my 2 children go to and we live just a few minutes walk away. My big scary challenge this year will be (cue horror music)… Homework!! My DS starts high school this year and I think it will be a shock to his system with homework and assignments. Bring it on!!ReplyCancel

  • Kara

    My biggest struggle so far is trying to get my daughter and I to be able to agree on things like school book covers, label colours etc. this is our first year at school and we are both very excited! :)ReplyCancel

  • Teneale

    Getting us all out the door on time!ReplyCancel

  • Kel McLaren

    This is the first year I have had a child go to school. My biggest struggle is that I just don’t know what he needs to start school, shoes, how many pieces of uniform he needs, eg 4 shirts. What variety of foods are best to pack or lunches.ReplyCancel

  • Zoe Fulcher

    Racing my girls to school bus on time after the daily fight over the hairbrush!! We must have 7 hairbrushes but can only ever find one when we’re rushing!!ReplyCancel

  • Kerry Hall

    wanting to provide the best of everything for my children but knowing fiancially that is unrealistic :-(ReplyCancel

  • Helen Buttigieg

    Getting to school on time and trying not to forget to.put sunscreen on in the warmer weatherReplyCancel

  • Sarah r.

    Finding time to cover books. My kids new school wants everything covered!ReplyCancel

  • Kylee Bryan

    I LOVE Ascent school shoes, and I love that you mentioned they pretty much last all year (I’ve found that for my son too). My biggest struggle is getting out the door and to school on time – it’s one of my goals for improvement this year!!ReplyCancel

  • Time! I am so glad that I arranged all the books and uniforms before school finished last year, and already had purchased the schoolbag and lunchbox, as I am frantically busy with work and our own business right now. All I have left to get is a pair of school shoes and some earphones.

    Once school starts… I anticipate that creative ideas for school lunches could be my next challenge!ReplyCancel

  • Getting my teenager to change his sleep pattern back to school-suitable hours!ReplyCancel

  • Monika

    Creating interesting and healthy lunch boxes everyday!ReplyCancel

  • Cath

    My biggest struggle is getting everyone to school on time, fully dressed including their shoes. Maybe I need some Athlete’s Foot shoes they just love to wear to make it easier!ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    My biggest struggle is having to start getting up at 6am again after sleeping in all holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Coleman

    Getting everyone to school on time, calmly! Does help to have uniforms & lunches sort ed night before. ReplyCancel

  • diane

    My biggest struggle is getting 4 children to 3 different campus’ on time; with everything thing they need; and me to work by 9am….. and all of us happy……ReplyCancel

  • joofcanterbury

    My organisation matching, or mismatching with ‘their’ organisation.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Finding the time & money at this time of year!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    For me it’s so hard to keep school lunches new and fun.ReplyCancel

  • rosslynT

    As a single mother of three living rurally. My biggest headache is getting all children in the car to drive to the bus stop at 7.30.ReplyCancel

  • Derylynne

    Starting school in a new country will be challenge enough in itself!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren P

    My eldest daughter is starting prep this year – the whole new to school thing is a struggle for us.. So much to learn with the ins and outs of it all, school shopping, etc.. I think getting my daughter motivated & ready in the mornings is going to b a battle!!ReplyCancel

  • Bron

    Trying to get three kids out the door on time with minimal tantrums! Thanks for the giveaway chance xReplyCancel

  • Amanda Collins

    Finance! Wanting the girls to have the brands they want and the styles they like without comprimising the budget.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Bovaird

    My biggest struggle is getting the kids back into a routine. We relax for the first couple of weeks of Christmas holidays and don’t follow the bed time and get up routines as strictly so getting the kids back to getting up having breakfast and getting dressed can be hard. Everyone loves pj days!!! LolReplyCancel

  • Alison

    My 2 boys have Podiatry inserts (as a preventative measure not corrective.) Hubby & I have feet issues so our podiatrist suggested them for the kids now so when they are our age, they may not be required for the rest of their lives. Taking this into consideration I find this can make buying black leather shoes (dress style) an issue for the smaller foot as they are not always tall enough to accommodate the height of foot and the insert. My 8yr old is fine now his foot has grown with getting shoes, but my 5yr old going into Kindy at a size 12 with insert is an issue so far. Everything else is fine we have a routine set for before & after school and works a treat, have a bag storage area, and other purchases for returning to school are done… Just these shoes to go.ReplyCancel

  • Megan Rauchle

    My biggest struggle is finding where I have put last years leftover equipment – books, pencils, rubbers, book covers andespecially labels!! Every year they go in a “safe” and perfect spot, only to be MIA when I need them!ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    Getting all the fruit and veggies chopped up for the lunch boxes. Sometimes it’s such a drag, but I prefer they have a healthy lunch.ReplyCancel

  • marilyn

    When my three daughters were younger, they never looked forward to going back to school after the holiday breaks. That can be difficult to cope with as a motherReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    The hardest part is getting everyone back into routines, especially bed and wake up times!ReplyCancel

  • my daughters first year at school… so i have no idea on what im doing. but your tips are great thanksReplyCancel

  • Stephanie

    I find time is my issue. I have five kids from 17yrs to 18 months, two of which are special needs. Every morning is time poorReplyCancel

  • jenny

    Up until this year it was the covering of books But this year i found EZ covers.
    Oh how my life was so much easier this year!!!ReplyCancel

  • Guest

    Time management, especially towards the end of each term.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Time management, especially towards the end of each term.ReplyCancel

  • tara

    My biggest challenge seems to be getting out the door in one try without having to make multiple trips back inside to collect forgotten items. it does my head in sometimes.ReplyCancel

  • Val205

    PAYING FOR IT ALL!!!! Uniforms, shoes, socks, jocks, stationery, bags, lunchboxes, excursions, fees – the list goes on…ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is actually finding the time (and energy) to get the back-to-school shopping done…because it’s the school holidays the kids have to come with whichmakes everything twice as long, and whiney!ReplyCancel

  • Just getting the kids to listen is such a struggle! On the odd morning that they do listen, they can be ready to go so quickly, painlessly, and early!!ReplyCancel

  • I am pretty much organised for our daughter to start school for the first time except for her school shoes. We tramped around Pacific Fair on Monday in a world of being lost. As first time purchasers of school shoes we only wanted the best for our little girl. We were getting no where fast, until went walked past The Athlete’s Foot and I thought we would give them I try as well. Well they were fantastic. I am so happy with the service and professionalism from the staff in there and the shoe they chose for our daughter over all the others we tried in other shops was not only the best fit but the most comfortable pair of school shoes. So they are now on lay-by and we look forward to picking them up.ReplyCancel

  • Coming up with healthy, appetising “travelable” snacks and lunch 5 days in a row is going to be a bit of a challenge – although I am now armed with several good websites and cookbooks to help me with ideas:).ReplyCancel

  • What to put in my kids lunches. They eat everything but some of the favourites and easiest like peanut butter and jam or nutella a banned because of nut allergies, so thinking of new varieties and combos can get annoying!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Adjusting to making school lunches each day (as my son starts school this year).ReplyCancel

  • Getting them eager to go everyday in this awful heat. school should be out for the whole summer :-)ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    My boy starts school this year so at this stage, my only struggle is trying to keep him entertained during the holidays, I’m sure there are going to be plenty more struggles to come :o)ReplyCancel

  • My eldest starts school this year, however, we move to a new town in a week. So my biggest challenge is a school that I’ve only been to once and my daughter’s only been to twice. I couldn’t even make it to the info session! And on top of this I have to move house and settle into a completely new town.ReplyCancel

  • My twins started kindergarten last year so homework wasn’t much more than home readers, but more often than not we were doing it over breakfast or whilst brushing their hair because they were too tired to focus and I was too unorganised after school. I hope to get a better routine happening this year!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew maxwell

    Getting them to remember their lunch box’sReplyCancel

  • Sonia

    My biggest struggle is finding quality shoe shoes that fit my boys well.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey-Lee Mifsud

    Having everything organised the night before so we are all ready to go first thing int the morning – it is always work in progress.ReplyCancel

  • Annette P

    My biggest struggle is organising myself! If I can get better at that, getting to school is a cinch

  • Getting everyone ready to go out the door at the same time….ReplyCancel

  • lois patrick

    Time is our biggest issue…everyone is busy with enjoying the holidays with their friendsReplyCancel

  • Managing to cover countless scrapbooks and exercise books with contact without resulting in a bunch of lumpy bumpy hodge podge items books the kids refuse to take to school. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Melanie haile

    My daughter issued to dawdle in the mornings and was always late getting dressed so now she has to get dressed before coming out for breakfast. This has prevented a lot of arguments.

  • Jen

    finding a backpack that does not swamp my littlies and that will hold all their stuff and last the year!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    The biggest struggle getting the kids organised is lack of funds to purchase everything thats needed especially black school shoes and good quality sports shoes for 3 kids. It’s quite overwhelming.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is finding good quality contact to cover books. Most of the printed ones tear easily. My Miss 8 brings home 10 books at the start of the year to be covered. Next year my triplets start school so that will be 40 books to cover!! Not having to recover mistakes or tears is a must!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    My biggest problem is just getting them to school on time! We have a morning routine posted up in several places around the house, and we are quite firm during term about bedtimes, but it is a daily struggle 3 years into the school journey and no sign of improvement. Harder still on days when I leave the house for the day with them!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Buzelin

    My biggest struggle will be getting my 5 year old to eat his breakfast in under one hour 😉ReplyCancel

  • Neva

    As a first timer with my 4 year old starting Prep this year – EVERYTHING lolReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle will be finding enough foods for my 5yo to eat at school and to find a lunchbox big enough to hold it all! He has multiple life threatening allergies so has to eat lots of unusual combinations and cannot have breads etc. He eats pretty much all day – so it will be interesting to see how he goes when school starts.ReplyCancel

  • my biggest struggle is getting them to get out of bed,eat breakfast, brush their teeth and trying to make sure they have everything needed to make school more enjoyableReplyCancel

  • AmberB

    Getting the little one out of bed in the morning.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    Lunch boxes! ReplyCancel

  • kerry williams

    Bringing the kids back into the school routine of early nights and early mornings and saying goodbye to relaxing summer days, a slower pace and spontaneity! Our Family loves the summer holidays!ReplyCancel

  • TheMindfulMum

    My girls are not old enough for school yet but I imagine my biggest struggle will be getting all the kit together, the lists seem to be endless!! I will have to be super-organised. I do want to set a good example to them and not be a frantic nutter on the first day :)ReplyCancel

  • Deb K

    Getting out of bed!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa

    Encouraging kids to agree to practically not necessarily the prettiest shoedReplyCancel

  • getting them back into routine to get up in time and organised for the next dayReplyCancel

  • Definitely getting them out of “holiday mode” in the first few weeks – we are not morning people!ReplyCancel

  • sabby

    My 5 year old Little Miss is Autistic and she therefore has sensory issues and every morning is a battle to get her into her school uniformReplyCancel

  • Kirsten W

    Getting them to wake up!ReplyCancel

  • My biggest problem at the moment is that my husband and i both start work by 8am, so we have to have the kids up early to have breakfast, get dressed, etc and be out the door by 7:15am.ReplyCancel

  • Me trying to keep up with them as they are well ready to leave before I am.ReplyCancel

  • Getting out of bed to get them ready lolReplyCancel

  • Getting the kids to go shopping for school stuffReplyCancel

  • Getting myself organised for work the night before so I don’t have to rush my son to get ready the next morning.ReplyCancel

  • Vera

    Organising daily lunches with enough variety balance and nutrition and nothing being returned and getting it done reasonably quickly each nightReplyCancel

  • When they go back into their room after breakfast, it’s like they’ve gone into a black hole… where NOTHING gets done! Then it’s like we’re going backwards from there!ReplyCancel

  • Getting them to agree that they need and want the same things you need and want!ReplyCancel

  • macemesmum

    Definitely organising the notes that one home on a daily basis. A pin up board is ok but I definitely need more help in this area.ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Getting them organised, without saying the same thing over and over. I am so sick of sounding like a broken record!!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Harlow

    Getting up on time on that first day back after 7 weeks of sleep ins. The kids are hard to get out of bed too 😉ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra M

    Getting them to tell me what they’d like in their lunch order…which means it’s much easier to simply pack them a lunch so they have no choice in the matter!ReplyCancel

  • Getting my daughter dressed… she drags her feet when it comes to getting out of her pjs and half the time I end up doing it for her!ReplyCancel

  • Getting them to get ready without getting constantly distracted. It drives me insane!ReplyCancel

  • Falon Downing

    Making sure they take everything they need to, especially things like notes, is always fought!ReplyCancel

  • Falon Downing

    tough! :)ReplyCancel

  • NickyJ

    Getting Master 3 to eat his breakfast in a timely manner e.g. under 45 minutes!!! so that Miss 6 wont be late!!!ReplyCancel

  • Fabulolus blogs such as yours keeping me awake at night thus making me sleep in at the morning!ReplyCancel

  • Lopitta

    Getting my boys dressed, fed and put the door without losing my marbles is a struggle ReplyCancel

  • catching the bus on time.ReplyCancel

  • Getting out that front door on time, there’s always something that delays it.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is stopping my children fighting in the morning over the bathroom, taking long showers and leaving the bathroom a messReplyCancel

  • Getting my girls moving each morning is a real task. Everything is ready to go, but they move so slow.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy H.

    Eating breakfast just seems to drag out FOREVER!!ReplyCancel

  • Michele L

    I don’t understand how books, schoolbag, papers, lunch box and homework can be strewn from one end of the house to the other. It is a treasure hunt nightly to organize everything.ReplyCancel

  • maplebjb

    On a bad day it’s like herding cats, they get so easily distracted and once I have one organised the others disappear.ReplyCancel

  • christina

    Trying to get them out of bed is the worst especially after School HolidaysReplyCancel

  • My kids know what they have to do but are so easily distracted! I have to constantly prompt, remind etc to keep them ‘on task’.ReplyCancel

  • shar31

    Making sure everyone taken lunch and the correct ones some have allergiesReplyCancel

  • Getting the kids out of bed!ReplyCancel

  • Kristina

    My biggest struggle is dealing with my kids nagging me about how much longer til they can go back, my girls love school, the last day of school was saying goodnight to Miss 11 and she said ” I wish we had school tomorrow ” lol I was never like that haha, least I never have trouble getting them to go.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki F

    With each child comes a different challenge. With my daughter it’s getting her up and out of bed and being able to offer something for lunch she will actually eat. Lunch just doesn’t seem important to her. My son is the opposite and bounds out of bed and eats everything in his lunch but lacks motivation to learn and do any homework.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Getting our ‘timetables’ to work together, school timetables vs work timetables…..especially a new school and a new school year always lots of new things to add to the scenarioReplyCancel

  • michele collins

    finding shoes that will fit my son he has huge feetReplyCancel

  • Karen Kitto

    Remembering to pack their drink bottles.ReplyCancel

  • School lunches, now that my children are older, getting them to eat at school is harder then ever! They leave lunches at home in the fridge to eat after school.ReplyCancel

  • Mick

    Um… getting them out of bed!ReplyCancel

  • I have 5 kids -the kids booklists do me in every year!!!ReplyCancel

  • getting the little ones up and ready and myself in time to drop the big one at school!! they choose to sleep in at the wrong time!ReplyCancel

  • Cintia :: My Poppet

    I struggle to get Emma dressed in the morning. As soon as I turn around she has taken off her clothes and we have to start from scratch.

    The record is three times for undressing and redressing. Needless to say we are usually late!ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is trying to find my son’s shoes and/or tie every morning! When he gets home from school he ‘drops’ them in the most random places. Aargh!!!ReplyCancel

  • Charisse Childs

    Finding a time when the least amount of people will be at the shops so we aren’t waiting ages for assistance.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is getting ME out of bed LOL. This will be our first year of full time school in our family and I’m apprehensive as to how it will go getting ready everyday! I think I’m going to make a routine chart to help my sons get ready on their own.ReplyCancel

  • Encouraging the kids to be independant whilst trying to make sure they don’t forget anything important for school.ReplyCancel

  • Lydia Lee

    Getting their shoes on in the morning. Seriously?! How hard is it? They do it everyday, but I have to ask 4 or 5 times, building into a screaming crescendo as we race out the door, still shoeless….ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is getting them out the door at 7.45am to catch the school bus with everything they need x 2 – and the shrieks of ” That’s mine ” when we have the same item and the label is missing.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Morrison

    Finding the keys!ReplyCancel

  • jodie f

    getting him to hurry up and not sit down and read a book instead of getting ready.ReplyCancel

  • getting them to wake up, teenagers:/ReplyCancel

  • Annelee

    Trying to get them to take a healthy lunch…it gets harder every year.ReplyCancel

  • Luvlee6

    Getting my gorgeous little Miss 6 to eat her breakfast… its like pulling hens teeth!ReplyCancel

  • kay brymer

    Want something that looks like a leather school shoe but a great sneakerReplyCancel

  • getting them out of bed they love their sleepReplyCancel

  • Peter McDonough

    Getting them off the XboxReplyCancel

  • Getting them dressed and in the car to be on time for school. At least once in the week we make it.ReplyCancel

  • gettting them to eat, brush their teeth, be ready on time… god, I look forward to the summer holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Josie

    Getting myself organised first:)ReplyCancel

  • Getting the bedtime routine again,
    It makes me insane!
    Late nights and early morning,
    We all can’t stop snoring.ReplyCancel

  • Getting my 5 year old to listen is my biggest struggle on a school morning! ReplyCancel

  • alesha

    little Miss starts this year, my biggest struggle will be remembering what days & being on timeReplyCancel

  • Mastering the morning routine of getting everyone to where they need to be on time! (Work, Kindy School etc)ReplyCancel

  • Julie Schmitt

    I really, really struggle with that rotten stuff called Contact when trying to cover their school booksReplyCancel

  • Maxina

    Making sure they have everything ready last yr we ended up with 2 lots of text books ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is getting shoes to last more than a term for Miss 12. She is a ballerina, and over the years has developed a distinctive walk that is heavy on the inside of her foot. While her feet and turnout are awesome for ballet, they are murder on regular shoes, especially cheap ones. By the end of term one, the inside of the heel is starting to wear down, and instead of walking naturally, her shoes enforce a problematic down slanted walk which is not good! It makes her look wonky and bowlegged. Keeping up with her and protecting these ballerina feet of hers is my biggest back to school problem each year, so far I’ve never found a person to fit her who can advise on slowing down the deterioration of the heels.ReplyCancel

  • Lunches – I am always at the supermarket topping up the fruit supply.ReplyCancel

  • Nic

    Getting my youngest son, 6, out of bed on time and to actually eat breakfast before we all have to be out the door in time to get to work and school.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is having to drag 3 kids around to all the different stores for each item, you need to just to make sure you get the quality good so you are not dragging them around the stores again a month later because everything has worn out.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is getting myself up to organise them as I work night shifts and don’t get to bed til 2amReplyCancel

  • We also seem to loose the school hats, it’s a frantic scramble everymorning to find themReplyCancel

  • Ros

    My biggest hassle is getting my sons not to drag their feet and hurry up.ReplyCancel

  • Making sure my teenagers have had something half healthy for breakfast!ReplyCancel

  • sam

    Just getting them up in the morning after those long summer holidays (and forcing them to go to bed at a decent time.)ReplyCancel

  • Hardest thing about getting the kids organised for school?
    Trying to come up with suitable, healthful and interesting lunches!

    Every. Single. Day.ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Getting my kids out of bed will be my biggest struggle, as they have been sleeping in alot these holidaysReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    My biggest struggle is packing a nutritious and exciting snack and lunch every day. I’ve run out of ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Amyas

    Getting everything they need to school–I always seem to be told of something vital once we’re in the car.ReplyCancel

  • Getting them to wake up in time,on a schoolday,but if its the weekend they are up very earlyReplyCancel

  • getting them to eat breakfast, they always say they are not hungry but I hate the thought of sending them to school with an empty tummyReplyCancel

  • I have a printed list of everything my kids need to take (hat, lunch, waterbottle etc). Most mornings I run through the list… “have you got your hat, lunch etc”. The response is “yes”. Until we get to school and discover… no hat… or no waterbottle…. AARrrgghhhh. That is probably my most frustrating thing…. although there is more frustrations each and every morning.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte

    Getting lunches packed fresh and full of things that will actually be eaten and not return home mangled in the bottom of the school bag!ReplyCancel

  • Encouraging my teenage son to eat breakfast when I can’t stomach it either!ReplyCancel

  • Kate evans

    Finding the right shoes is the hardest thing in our householdReplyCancel

  • dani.brennan

    My biggest struggle is getting Miss 11 ready for school in the morning.. it can take her up to 1/2 hour to eat her breakfast in the morning! Frustrating +ReplyCancel

  • ACasa

    Trying to remember WHEN is banking day! I use a post-it in his diary and just move the post-it to the next week. Missed it too many times.ReplyCancel

  • Buying school shoes ..with my teen daughters convincing them that wearing quality shoes with arch support to prevent problems later on in life and with Miss 5 getting shoes that properly fit she has a wide foot and says yes to everything.ReplyCancel

  • I find it hard to keep track of all the notes – we had a few missed excursions last year, and I’ve misplaced 2 booklists – aargh! We had a spot on the fridge for them but they were always pulled down by one of my cheeky monkeys and lost. I don’t have the space for one of the awesome school bag nooks, and with 4 kids at school next year (1 at high school) I really need to find a system that will work for us!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    The biggest struggle is definitely getting them out of bed!ReplyCancel

  • My eldest refuse to eat breakfast. On top of this, she can’t cope with scheduling her homework. Trying to get her into good eating and study habits is completely overwhelming.ReplyCancel

  • Finding a pair of shoes that my daughter likes within the budget! she hasnt hit the brand name stage yet but is sure hard to please when it comes to wearing a pair of shoes!ReplyCancel

  • Kalina

    My biggest struggle is not managing the hours in the day so i can fit
    everything in! Mornings are hectic and set the pace for my busy day at
    my full time job, then i rush off to gym to make sure i stay fit and
    healthy so i am able to fully provide for my family! Then its school
    pick ups, sport or homework, dinner, and prepare for the day ahead. I
    would say all of these factors contribute to my struggles during back to
    school times.ReplyCancel

  • time management, always an issue!!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda S

    Finding BOTH shoes is always a challenge!ReplyCancel

  • chrystal

    I’d be lost without my check list.ReplyCancel

  • Keeping my eldest daughter motivated is my biggest struggle, she’s quite content just to do what she has to just to get by.ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Rock

    I must say that I don’t really struggle, have all the lunches made and packed the night before. This year may be different with the youngest at Kindy 3 days a week though!ReplyCancel

  • Getting my kids out of bed in the mornings! It’s always a drama, but once they’re up it’s usually pretty easy to get them fed, dressed and out the door….ReplyCancel

  • I am always running late & forgetting which day is library day, banking day etcReplyCancel

  • Lisa Galati

    Getting them to get moving in the morningsReplyCancel

  • Getting everyone to finish breakfast :)ReplyCancel

  • We actually get to school 1/2 hour early to go to reading club 4 days a week (with 3 kids 8 and under). I make sure we have ingredients ready for healthy easy to make lunches (eg whole fruits, yogurts and simple sandwiches). For real emergencies I have pre written tuckshop bags with the money all ready. I have found my biggest enemy is the tv – if the tv is on the kids will watch it and not do the right thing.ReplyCancel

  • where to start…. umm its different every morning… they take turns.. so can I say my kids moods…. one morning it may be waking them up.. the next morning 1 will have melt down because I put out a pair of shorts and not their skirt.. the next morning is because they don’t like what I put in their lunch… I can have 1 ready and be able to walk out the door an hour early and still be late to school because the other is dragging their feet..ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Getting the contact on the books without creases and bubbles, and then deciding where the name label should go. top right hand , middle, bottom.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is getting the 3of my 4 children to wait until it is school time- they often are ready by 7am and cant wait to get to school! I keep telling their teachers school isn’t supposed to be that much fun! :-). But they love school, which is a great thing!

  • My biggest struggle is trying to think of something interesting for lunch! My poor daughter ends up with jam sandwiches most days.ReplyCancel

  • i find the hardest thing is waiting for the first day….my two are in grade one and preschool (for second year) and as much as they love holidays they get excited for school to begin meet new teachers and friends and whole structure of school. i am sure in a few years time they wont be excited to return to school lol.ReplyCancel

  • Billie MacGinley

    Getting them out the door!ReplyCancel

  • It’s not my daughter that has the struggle, it’s me that’s disorganised! :)ReplyCancel

  • Alysia Wright

    My biggest struggle is putting clothes on my 6 year old and then once they are on its getting her shoes on. She is VERY fussy and things have to fit PERFECT in every way!!!ReplyCancel

  • My daughter is rarely hungry in the mornings so getting her to eat a decent breakfast before school is our biggest struggleReplyCancel

  • Kelly Barr

    My boys haven’t started school yet, but with daycare our biggest struggle is getting there on time…routines do help, and I will be implementing them in a much more structured manner once school starts.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Benhiam

    I can never see behind my back. While I’m giving one child their stationery pack another is going through the box and picking things out that he thinks he needs. He even swaps with his younger brother so that he has 2 pairs of scissors and his brother gets none. It gets annoying and this year I’m writing names on everything in the biggest writing possible and colour coding so I can instantly see if big brother has conned his brother again.ReplyCancel

  • Getting miss 6 to eat breakfast in a timely manner… it can take her half hour for one slice of toast!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Bell

    Getting my daughter to eat breakfast! She is so easily distracted, always off with the fairies that usually one peice of toast takes 40 mins! Arrgghhhh……ReplyCancel

  • My biggest battle is getting into a good morning routine before school goes back…nothing worse that everyone not waking up until 8:30 when school starts at 8:50!ReplyCancel

  • I’m a first time school mum, this is the first year for my little girl, so everything seems very daunting. It doesn’t help that I lost her school requirements list, the shoe shop I went to today didn’t have her size and I am feeling completely clueless despite being an intelligent, sensible woman lol!ReplyCancel

  • Carla

    Convincing them to eat their lunches so I am not greeted by cranky hungry boysReplyCancel

  • Michelle Andrews

    This is my first year as a Kindy mum…not so much worried about getting uniforms or school items ready…more worried about what to pack for lunch each day!!! Already struggle with dinner every night as cooking is not one of my favourite things to do.ReplyCancel

  • Faysie

    Getting the ‘little treasures’ out of bed is a drama at our place…lol They don’t want to go to bed at night, and don’t want to get up in the morning… (Must take after their Mum)..ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Callanan

    Our biggest struggle is getting ready in the morning and getting to school on time.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Herman

    My biggest struggle of going back to school is helping to get my son settled back into the busy school routine. He takes a couple of weeks to settle- in that time he gets tired & moody and can be difficult to deal with. Once settled he is fine again.ReplyCancel

  • Lunchboxes no matter how planned and organised I am something goes wrong and it costs so much time. We are forever lateReplyCancel

  • hipodipo64

    My biggest problem is finding laceup’s small enough for my tiny footed boy!ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid

    Getting them both ready at the same time! On is always lagging behind!ReplyCancel

  • Getting the little buggers out of bed!!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    For me this year it is organizing myself to get somewhere to buy the school shoes. Have a newborn, so everything is a logistical exercise at moment. Have ordered rest of stuff online. Just need to get to Athletes Foot (we live in the country so our closest is an hour away) to buy some. ReplyCancel

  • Courtney

    Getting them out of their pajamas. Many a trip to school has been made in pjs…ReplyCancel

  • finding missing odd socksReplyCancel

  • Ann

    The youngest is very fussy that everything has to look just so. I, on the otherhand, do not understand why socks have to match. I may have to implement a policy where one colour gets chosen and problem solved!ReplyCancel

  • Letting my kids choose their own school things. (My inner-stationery diva wants to organise and label everything perfectly; my kids want mismatched chaos). Thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • Marguarite

    As a 1st time school parent I’m scouring food websites looking for healthy, appealing and easy to eat school lunches and snacks! All my daughter wants is peanut butter cause I told her she wasn’t allowed it!!! LolReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    My son does not cope without routine so this is my biggest struggle especially after the holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Finding school shoes to fit my daughter is the biggest struggle for me! Her foot is wide & high and her shoes need to fit orthodics.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Turner

    Lunch box ideas!! I will be sure to check yours out :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    This year’s biggest problem for me has been that the kids all want to upgrade to new school bags and insulated lunch bags, even though last years are still in perfect nick……all because Miss 6 thinks Tinkerbell is too babyish now, Miss 11 no longer thinks Monster High is cool, and Miss 14 has reached an age and a new ‘style’ where she would DIE to be seen with anything pink or purple. Arrggghhh!!! So my tip for other mums – be very careful when buying character/themed merchandise! Especially if you wanted to get a couple years out of it. Stick to classic stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Lunches are made and bags are packed ready the night before but our biggest struggle when it comes to organising kids for school is getting them to eat without mucking around and dress without time wasting. Always allow more time than you think you will need!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I biggest struggle is getting Mr 6 to get dressed for school. Im sure I ask him 10 times before he does it.ReplyCancel

  • Keeping kids focused on awareness of time to get them through the door at the right time has always been my difficulty!ReplyCancel

  • armstrongsarah

    Finding the time to go shoppingReplyCancel

  • Too many children to organise.ReplyCancel

  • The biggest struggle is getting my kids to have everything eaten so that they have time to brush their teeth before the bus shows up….or else their teacher tells them they will cavities!ReplyCancel

  • Getting them back into a routine after such a long holiday.ReplyCancel

  • getting them upReplyCancel

  • My daughter hates leaving her baby sisters behind at home- she knows they get into her toys!

  • Julianne

    Trying to get to school on time has always been a hassle and now they have decided to start school 5 minutes earlier this year!!!ReplyCancel

  • Getting out the door with everythin we’re supposed to have.ReplyCancel

  • Leayas

    Without a shadow of a doubt it is the dreaded spectre of SCHOOL LUNCHES!!! I am constantly trying to find ideas of what to prepare that is tasty, healthy and doesn’t look like a dog’s dinner by the time lunch time rolls around. Throw in summer heat and the difficulty factor is multiplied by 100!ReplyCancel

  • By getting them back into a sleep routine & eating breakfast in the morning, not luchtimeReplyCancel

  • Getting them out of bed each morning.ReplyCancel

  • Getting all the baking down for school lunchesReplyCancel

  • Tracy J

    Our biggest struggle is getting our 10 yr old son to move at greater than glacial speed! He loves school, but hates being awake earlier than 9am. A shame when he has to be up at 6!!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Baker

    Getting hubby to see the importance of going tback to early bed times at least a week before school starts, if not more, rather than just the night before.ReplyCancel

  • Mareesa Cunneen

    My first year as a Kindy mum, so I don’t know what post, but would love to win a voucher 😉ReplyCancel

  • Kerry-anne

    My bigggest challenges getting the kids ready for school are ;
    Getting the youngest up in the morning.
    Decisions on and the eating of Breakfast.
    Getting the kids out the door and avoiding the genuinely lovely eldery neighbour who has a knack of coming over to say hello every time we are running late !ReplyCancel

  • Linda Jones

    My biggest challenge is actually getting the kids into bed early enough so they wake at a reasonable time on a school morning. If we are all up early enough everything runs smoothly and there is no stress.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I know we have loads of lunchbox choices but good old sandwiches are a great fallback. Unfortunately my youngest son is a fuss pot and claims he doesn’t like sandwiches. So I am ALWAYS on the lookout for “Non-sandwich” lunchbox ideas.ReplyCancel

  • at the last minute i cant find my socks so it is hide and seek until we find themReplyCancel

  • making sure that we havent forgoten something, some days is library day, another is sports, another day they might have to bring something in for a project, just keeping up with each day/week changing at the last minute, or it could be casual day and remembering that so they are the only ones in school uniform. So i have to try to be organised for each day and remember what they have on it could also be swimming after school or an extra netball practice. Very hard sometimes to keep up.ReplyCancel

  • getting my kids out of bed! always a struggleReplyCancel

  • Angela

    The toughest thing for me is not doubling up by buying things new which we have leftover from the year before. ReplyCancel

  • Choosing a lunchbox that lasts all year!ReplyCancel

  • Getting Mr 6 to get ready before playing in the mornings. I started creating a list on a small white board that he could cross off the required tasks as they were done, and when finished he was ready to go and able to play until it was time to leave for school!ReplyCancel

  • Getting them out of bed in the mornings…its like pulling hens teeth..ReplyCancel

  • Christina

    My biggest struggle is getting lunches ready.ReplyCancel

  • Lani

    That any important “notes” from school are out of schoolbags and in my hand, without food stains all over !!ReplyCancel

  • Pauline

    Biggest struggle…getting out of the door, with everyone and everything, CALMLY! :)ReplyCancel

  • googzy

    These days its making sure they get up in in time for school, all they seem to do is sleep.ReplyCancel

  • Remembering EVERYTHING!! If it’s not their hat, they don’t have socks on or their lunch is still on the bench, all the usual shananiggins that go on in the morning!ReplyCancel

  • Having 6 weeks holiday than turning around to 5 days school its a struggle to get bed time routine back in order.ReplyCancel

  • Caseybree

    My biggest struggle is that this is my first year as a school Mum so I am yet to discover what I need to do. Thankfully I have Kat to help me!ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Having to make creative lunches everyday which they will want to eat !ReplyCancel

  • MeganH

    Locating everything that needs to go with them daily.ReplyCancel

  • Getting my kids organised is the biggest problem. They have always liked doing things on their time, not the generally accepted time schedule. Other than that it is the time to sort, buy and name everything – generally I am up until 3am the morning before school goes back!ReplyCancel

  • Waking everyone up. This is a sleep-in householdReplyCancel

  • Monique

    everything! need to be organised and getting better thanks to your challenges! :)ReplyCancel

  • Dorizzi

    My biggest struggle is getting the kids to sit still (they are aged 4, nearly 3 and 14 months).ReplyCancel

  • Giovanna Scott

    Biggest struggle is getting me ready after my jog in the morning LOL. The kids are fine. I just don’t want to look like a chewed-up-spat-out-red-faced-sweating monster when I take them to their classroom 😀ReplyCancel

  • Getting everyone out of bed and out the door on time without loosing my voice.ReplyCancel

  • getting them to like their school shoes!! really my children hate their cheap kmart shoes this would be ideal comfty and stylish!ReplyCancel

  • It’s doesn’t matter if you have a hour or 2 hours for them to get ready, there is always something that pops up to make them late for the bus.ReplyCancel

  • becky s

    Time, theres never enough no matter how prepared i amReplyCancel

  • Getting them to be responsible for their own things.ReplyCancel

  • I homeschool my daughter, so I would have to say my biggest struggle is getting her curriculum ready for the new year!ReplyCancel

  • Piachay

    The biggest struggle is ME I have to wake early to be organised I need time to breath so when my little angels wake up they’ll be greeted with a smile and packed lunchesReplyCancel

  • getting back into a routine is the hardest thing. After not worrying if their still in their pj’s at 10am to having to be up and out that first morning is a killer. Being organised will help but only so far.ReplyCancel

  • getting them back into their school hours routine after a long summer break, and getting them to school all bright and sparkyReplyCancel

  • Getting Master 6 dressed, He starts out with a whole uniform then he can find his hat one days, shoes the next the list goes on …it’s very frustrating!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Santi

    My biggest struggle is getting them out the door. They don’t organise themselves, I really need to push it a bit harder this year. Perhaps some kind of rewards chart.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Making lunches that are acceptable by me and miss 7 year old 😉ReplyCancel

  • Robyn H

    My biggest struggle with school mornings is teaching my daughter how to tie her shoelaces! One year in and she still hasn’t learned so there will still be battles every morning. Ugh.ReplyCancel

  • I have 2 kids 1 who happily eats sandwiches for lunch the other doesn’t eat bread (by choice) trying to make lunches which is not a sandwich can be time consuomingReplyCancel

  • Finding the school supplies they ‘like’ within the budget that I like!ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Organizing healthy school lunches that they like.ReplyCancel

  • realizing how fast they are growing upReplyCancel

  • Its important to find kids shoes with high quality and worth of its price…..ReplyCancel

  • Molly

    My biggest trouble is establishing the school night bedtimeReplyCancel

Use this back to school checklist to help you remember everything there is to purchase, label and do before the kids return back to school. Be sure to pop back each day through January for all my tips  and ideas for back to school organising. What tips would you like to read for back to […]

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  • Lisa

    Would love some help with quantities of things to have for back to school (uniforms & supplies) as I traditionally buy way too much! I have primary school aged kids. A countdown for back to school based on your checklist would be awesome (loved your label post!!). Thanks for all that you do & happy new year to you & your family :)ReplyCancel

    • That’s a fabulous idea for a post Lisa adding it to my calendar now. I buy my kids 3 uniforms each, I can elaborate more in a post JReplyCancel

  • Erin

    I am a ‘new-to-school’ mum with my eldest heading off to kindy this year – so what I need to have/do on a practical level would be good. The checklist is already pretty helpful with this – thank you! :)ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa

    Would love some ideas as to biscuits, slices, cupcakes that are suitable to make before and freeze that are also suitable to go to school, ie healthy eating etc. Also lunch box ideas as mine seem to be too repetitive. Thanks in advance.ReplyCancel

  • […] I still armed myself with The Organised Housewife’s Back to School checklist, some coloured pens (because coloured pens make the mundane a little more bearable) and a list of […]ReplyCancel

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    […] Think and Plan what you need to buy, do and label. Do you need more iron-on labels? Or do you need to buy contact to cover the kids books? It makes your whole shopping and ordering process a lot quicker and simpler too. Check out this great checklist from The Organised Housewife!  […]ReplyCancel

  • How do you label socks?
    Also, would love inspiration for lunch boxes, please?ReplyCancel

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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! 😛ReplyCancel

  • 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 😛ReplyCancel

  • 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

  • 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! 😛ReplyCancel

  • 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

  • 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

Each weekday on facebook I share with you a quote of the day, I have loved finding these quotes just as much as sharing them with you, some make me cry, laugh and really think.  This year each month on the blog  I will share with you a quote of the month, a quote that will […]

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  • Cassie

    I printed a whole heap of inspirational quotes about love, life, family and friendship in different sizes and framed them for my daughters for their christmas present. They are on display above their bed heads to read and inspire them each day. ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Love this, I was so demotivated at the start of the year however I surrounded myself with websites and happiness books and words. I felt ready to get started once work began again and started cleaning out and organising rooms and areas that just made me feel horrible. My inspiration to get cleaning and started was the organised chaos blog
    you linked with the school station. What a fantastic idea and we now
    have our own little station and the kids cant wait to decorate their

    I decided that my word for this year was “sparkle”. Everyone needs a little sparkle! Thank you x xReplyCancel

    • We have the same school bag station, it keeps everything so organised. I love your word ‘sparkle’ and that you will, I can tell you are determined.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Love this! This is similar to something I referred to often a couple of years ago, but much better worded. I found it super helpful coming to terms with what it means to have a loved one with Aspergers Syndrome.ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    Blessed are those who expect nothing for they shall not be disappointed.ReplyCancel

  • Bron

    You are so right about expectations resulting in disappointments. I feel like I give so much (willingly) and expect others to do the same, but often they don’t and I get disappointed. I really need to learn to ‘accept’! Will definitely put this quote up in our house for my children to read, I think it is one that we can all learn from.ReplyCancel

  • […] View January 2013 print  |  View February 2013 print  |  View March 2013 print […]ReplyCancel

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I am so excited to share with my new 2013 Planner! I have a plan for 2013 and that is to be more time efficient, not to forget things and keep on top of everything I need to do.  I must admit last year time got the better of me, I forgot to send a […]

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  • Wita from

    Nice planner :) As a new housewife I’m so glad I found your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Karyn

    I love it, ever considered creating an app?? I got the iPad mini for Christmas and this year I am going to do all the things in your planner electronically!!ReplyCancel

    • Cassie

      Hi karyn, If you get the goodnotes app you can open the planner in it and just write it straght into there, cost but works great and also looks pretty to! Beutiful bookshelve i just zoom in and write with my finger! ReplyCancel

  • Happy Housewife!

    Wow! Awesome! I just purchased this! Printed it out A5 as have A5 binder…looks soo cute! Thanks for a nice blog!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks alot Kat, It looks lovely. Once again you have outdone yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    Love It! thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Awww are your products for sale in the US??? Love them!!ReplyCancel

  • April

    Would love to just buy the monthly meal calendars! I use apps for everything else these days.ReplyCancel

  • Rowie

    Ive only come across this very excited…I noticed last year you had a 20 day challenge to clean and declutter….Im really interested in this, i get very depressed about my home and eveything just feels too much there is so much too do… can i still access this information.

    • Hi Rowie, yes the information is all on the blog, but I am putting it all together as an ebook to be released soon.ReplyCancel

  • Viki

    It’s lovely! I like it very much, thanks for creating this!ReplyCancel

Happy New Year!! I like to have a little yearly calendar on my office wall, something to easily glance at when I need to look at dates.  The local real estate agents and politicians are very kind to send fridge magnets in the mailboxes, however as useful as they are I’d prefer something pretty to look at. […]

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  • pretty is essential!!ReplyCancel

  • New Year’s Resolutions – I have but a few – The Housewives

    […] Looking forward to sharing the year with you guys, we have more healthy recipes to share for the family and other fun housewifery chores that i know you will LOVE. haha.. Here is a great little tool from the organised housewife […]ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Lapthorne

    Thank you once again for your calendar. I hope you inspire me to be organised this year tooReplyCancel

  • Happy Housewife!

    Printed it out, laminated it and magnets on the back! My fridge looks cute now!ReplyCancel

This year has been such a rollercoaster, the unexpected loss of my mum was devastating.  It was a struggle to pick myself back up but I managed to do it.  Blogging was a great place to help me through it and I just want to say thank you one last time to everybody that sent me […]

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  • Anne @ Domesblissity

    Happy New Year Kat. Here’s to an easier 2013 without our Mums. Thinking of you. xxReplyCancel

  • AshMmisforMe

    You really are such an inspiration to us chaotic housewives! Thank you thank you! HAve a beautiful 2013! xxReplyCancel

  • Pamela Rouse

    I like the pantry door organiser. My shopping list is printed on the computer by aisle for the supermarket I shop in. I have listed the main things in each aisle. I then write things I need in the aisle they r in. U can then shop really quickly if necessary. On the back I have the weekly menu. U can then change something if u find a bargain. PamelaReplyCancel

Today is my 35th birthday, where has the time gone, each year just seems to pass by so fast.  Anyways, I am sure my hubby and kids will spoil me today and I will forget all about it soon enough. Today I wanted to share a little more about me that you may not know […]

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  • you forgot to mention how wonderful & thoughtful you are, happy birthday gorgeous xReplyCancel

  • SubversiveReader

    Happy Birthday fellow 29th December person :) Hope you have a wonderful day!ReplyCancel


    Happy Birthday Kat! We have so much on your list in common it’s scary, I even turn 35 soon! You are a rock start! Renee @belleamiemotherofthree.comReplyCancel

  • jr

    Happy birthday Kat! Hope you have a wonderful day!ReplyCancel

  • andrea

    Happy birthday and thanks for sharing. Love the idea of 35 Things about Me and may use it myself later this year. Looking forward to following you this year and for more challenges.ReplyCancel

  • del king

    Happy birthday Katrina. Thanks for the motivation and inspiration. ReplyCancel

  • Sonia@NaturalNewAgeMum

    Happy Birthday – another Capricorn – my birthday is tomorrow!!! I knew there was a reason you were so organized!!! LOL :)ReplyCancel

  • Lucy

    Happy Birthday!!!ReplyCancel

  • Vikki

    Happy Birthday Katrina! Enjoy. Thank you for all that you day to enrich our lives every day.ReplyCancel

  • Happy Birthday!! I may be a little jealous of #32 but I totally agree with #34!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Happy Birthday Katrina. I feel like I know you even better now. :)ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    My niece is Sienna Rose!ReplyCancel

  • I hope you had a very happy birthday Katrina. It’s my big 4 0 on Wednesday, and I’m looking forward to writing a reflective list like this! As you know I’m a big organiser such as yourself (home and my classroom), but the one area I’m really slack in is meal planning, and that’s my BIG push for 2013 – I’m an Aldi disciple but I’m determined to not get sucked in my their wonderful specials this year unless we really need them as we’re saving for a trip to Vietnam in 2013. Big hugs! PS: Will send you through some piccies of the classroom when it’s all set up and ready for 2013 (I’m enjoying my break at the moment!) xoxoxoxoReplyCancel

  • Nerys Lewis

    Hey Trina
    Happy Birthday again :)
    Just wanted to say Nice Blog post xxxReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    What a great day for a birthday, I share it with you and reading your list tells me that we are very similar……capricorns!!!! Happy Birthday!!!ReplyCancel

Follow my blog with Bloglovin 4 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun […]

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My gift to you this Christmas is a selection of 2013 Monthly Calendars with To-Do list.  These calendars will help you organise and plan holidays, activities, upcoming events and more.  I have included the to-do list on the side to help you achieve your goals each month. I choose to start the week with Monday […]

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