Back to school Hacks for the new school year

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

The countdown is on for the kids to head back to school and there is so much to think about, from getting the kids back into a routine, how many uniforms you need to buy, what shoes to buy and much more. Here I share a few life hacks to make your life easier!

You can find more Back to School Hacks that I shared over at MamaMia here.

  • Establishing a bedtime
  • Screen time rules
  • Creating a homework station
  • Meal Planning
  • Keeping Sports Gear tidy
  • How many uniforms you really need
  • Planning Lunches
  • Filling the Freezer

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Here are some more of my Back to school Hacks to make life easier at this busy time of year.

1. SCHOOL SHOE SHOPPING TIPS

Back to school shopping is always mayhem.  I recommend visiting the shoe store early January as the fortnight before school goes back is very busy, and there is a possibility they may not have the shoe you need.  It’s important to get the shoes professionally measured and fitted properly to ensure they have the right sized shoe for their feet. The best time to buy shoes is in the afternoon as the foot will be at its largest. Fitting shoes, while the foot is at its largest/swollen, will ensure the best fit for your child throughout a full day.  Remember to take with you a pair of their school socks and orthotics if they wear them.

The countdown is on for the kids to head back to school and there is so much to think about, from getting the kids back into a routine, how many uniforms you need to buy, what shoes to buy and much more. Here I share a few life hacks to make your life easier!

2. BOX OF HAIRSTYLING SUPPLIES

Little girls need to have their hair pulled back tidily out of their face for school, and along with it, there is an abundance of pretty bows and hair accessories that go with this task.  To stop the scramble in the morning looking for the brush, hair detangler and bows make this task a little bit easier by creating a hairstyling caddy so you have everything on hand.

The countdown is on for the kids to head back to school and there is so much to think about, from getting the kids back into a routine, how many uniforms you need to buy, what shoes to buy and much more. Here I share a few life hacks to make your life easier!

3. AFTER SCHOOL CHECKLISTS

The hours between 3pm and when the kids go to bed can be chaotic with running kids to after-school sports, doing sight words, home readers, washing uniforms and fitting in down-time to recoup after a busy day.  Creating checklists with visual cues will help the kids on these busy afternoons to know what they need to do before their down-time and also if their attention starts to drift, you can point them in the direction of the chart rather than a yelling match.  These checklists saved my sanity to helping me to remember everything too.

FIND ALL MY ROUTINE CHARTS HEREThe countdown is on for the kids to head back to school and there is so much to think about, from getting the kids back into a routine, how many uniforms you need to buy, what shoes to buy and much more. Here I share a few life hacks to make your life easier!

4. BABY WIPES IN THE CAR

Keep a pack of baby wipes in the glove box for those morings where you look back at the kids and notice vegemite on their face or toothpaste on their uniform.

5. GET UP BEFORE THE KIDS

Mornings maybe manic getting the kids ready for school, but remember to take some time for you too.  This can be so you can exercise, have a shower or cuppa before everyone rises or simply do a few jobs around the house.

The countdown is on for the kids to head back to school and there is so much to think about, from getting the kids back into a routine, how many uniforms you need to buy, what shoes to buy and much more. Here I share a few life hacks to make your life easier!

6. CONTACT OR BOOK COVER

You can spend hours contacting your kids books, or save your sanity and purchase book covers from the office supplies store.  It will take you 10 minutes tops to slip on the covers or hours of frustration when using contact.

The countdown is on for the kids to head back to school and there is so much to think about, from getting the kids back into a routine, how many uniforms you need to buy, what shoes to buy and much more. Here I share a few life hacks to make your life easier!

Do you have a good Back to School Hack to help a struggling mum?

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6 comments

Audrey January 12, 2018 - 5:30 AM

Our school has “Communication Folders” I know it’s not a mum hack, but I think it’s the best idea. It’s an A3 plastic envelope with a Velcro fastener. Notes and homework come home in one piece (and visa versa), not shoved to the bottom of the bag and forgotten about.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 18, 2018 - 10:03 AM

That’s such a great idea Audrey

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Jen January 13, 2018 - 9:05 AM

Set up a Facebook page or messenger group for the parents of your child’s school year. This has been a lifesaver on many occasions in the past. year. Can share lost items, unclear instructions, homework info, canteen info etc etc.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 18, 2018 - 10:04 AM

Yes I have seen this more and more lately. They are a fantastic way of keeping up to date. Most schools have their own page also and they are informative also

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Karen January 18, 2018 - 6:55 AM

Hi Kat, can you recommend a brand of good quality self-adhesive book covering to be used on odd-sized textbooks where the slipon covers don’t fit? Cheers Karen

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 18, 2018 - 11:54 AM

Hi Karen, I’m sorry but no I can’t, because I wouldn’t use contact… It drives me nuts, and I haven’t found one I like

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