Back to School Tips for Busy Mums

My back to school tips for busy mums, to help you get ready and organised for the new school year. Manage the balancing act with a house full of kids and having to organise and label school supplies, lunchboxes, uniforms, paperwork, work and household duties.

Back to school season is here! This is the beginning of a new era for us; all my kids are in high school.  I can’t believe it. Seriously these children are growing up far too quickly for my liking!  However, I feel like a pro now when it comes to back to school time and having everything ready and organised for the transition for the first day of school.

Back to school time is a balancing act with a house full of kids and having to organise school supplies, lunchboxes, uniforms, paperwork, work, household duties, the list can go on.... it's exhausting just thinking about it! If you're feeling overwhelmed I'm here to help you get prepared, sharing my Back to school tips for busy mums, to help you have everything organised for the first day of School.

Back to school time is a balancing act with a house full of kids and having to organise school supplies, lunchboxes, uniforms, paperwork, work, household duties, the list can go on…. it’s exhausting just thinking about it! If you’re feeling overwhelmed I’m here to help you get prepared, sharing my Back to school tips for busy mums, to help you have everything organised for the first day of School.

Back to school time is a balancing act with a house full of kids and having to organise school supplies, lunchboxes, uniforms, paperwork, work, household duties, the list can go on.... it's exhausting just thinking about it! If you're feeling overwhelmed I'm here to help you get prepared, sharing my Back to school tips for busy mums, to help you have everything organised for the first day of School.

BE REALISTIC

The best tip of all is to be realistic, know what you can handle and only do what you desire.  Close your eyes and think about how you vision the year as a school mum?  Ultimately we want to be there to support our kids in thriving throughout their school year, while also looking after ourselves and not over committing.

As mums, we always want to be involved in everything the kids do, as well as getting the kids involved too, from sports training, music lessons to playdates. Be kind to yourself and the children, limit your volunteering commitments and kids after school activities.  As eventually throughout the school year, the kids get tired and grumpy, and it limits time for homework and study. Avoid the mum comparison trap and measuring parenting success.  Just do what is best for you and your family and don’t feel guilty for making choices that best suit you.

Don’t compare yourself to other mothers. We are all have our struggles in one way or another, some just hide it better than others.

Like I always say the tips I share on my blog are just a guide for you (an inside look observing how I organise my household). I like to bake for the kids lunchboxes, but maybe you don’t have the desire to bake or cook, this is perfectly OK!  Please use these tips as a guide and focus on those areas that suit you and adapt it to your household.

ORDER SUPPLIES ONLINE

Have you ever experienced the madness at the department stores at back to school time?  It is chaotic; you’re not only dealing with every other mum and her trolley but low stock levels too.  The last thing you want to do is to be travelling all over the place for school supplies.

Most suburbs have a local office supplies store like Officeworks, but there are also great smaller stationery shops too, where you can order online, and they will deliver everything you need to your door!  Google your suburb and office supplies to find a local business.  This will save you time, petrol, easier to look at the prices to help stay within your budget.

LABEL EVERYTHING!

An essential organisation tip is to label everything, especially school supplies, as kids will have very similar items, you want your child’s sports shirt or ruler to be easily identifiable.  You want to label everything your child owns and takes to school, including uniforms!!

FOR CLOTHES: I started using the no-iron labels, as my kids had a sudden growth spurt last year and I had to buy them new uniforms half way through the year, and I didn’t have the time to iron on labels. I picked up some of these Avery® No-Iron Clothing Labels; they are genius, no messing around with the iron, very easy to use, save time, permanent, washer and dryer safe!!

  1. Simply write directly onto the label with permanent marker.
  2. Place your clothing (it has to be clean and wrinkle free) on a hard, flat surface.
  3. Peel label off the sheet and firmly press onto the fabric for five seconds.
  4. Done!

The larger no-iron labels are great for the kid’s lunchboxes and shoes.

Back to school time is a balancing act with a house full of kids and having to organise school supplies, lunchboxes, uniforms, paperwork, work, household duties, the list can go on.... it's exhausting just thinking about it! If you're feeling overwhelmed I'm here to help you get prepared, sharing my Back to school tips for busy mums, to help you have everything organised for the first day of School.FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES: When looking for a label for school supplies you want one that will stick to many surfaces, plastic, wood, metal, rubber, etc. This year I am using the Avery® Kids Self-Laminating Labels. With 3 kids this gives me the option to personalise each label with either their first name, initials or just surname.

  1. Simply write on label with any permanent marker
  2. Remove white backer and press laminated seal down.
  3. Remove the laminated label from liner and apply to your item.
  4. Done!

Back to school time is a balancing act with a house full of kids and having to organise school supplies, lunchboxes, uniforms, paperwork, work, household duties, the list can go on.... it's exhausting just thinking about it! If you're feeling overwhelmed I'm here to help you get prepared, sharing my Back to school tips for busy mums, to help you have everything organised for the first day of School.Pick labels that are waterproof, dishwasher and microwave safe.

Back to school time is a balancing act with a house full of kids and having to organise school supplies, lunchboxes, uniforms, paperwork, work, household duties, the list can go on.... it's exhausting just thinking about it! If you're feeling overwhelmed I'm here to help you get prepared, sharing my Back to school tips for busy mums, to help you have everything organised for the first day of School.

So you can use them for kid’s lunchboxes, drink bottles, sippy cups, etc.

Back to school time is a balancing act with a house full of kids and having to organise school supplies, lunchboxes, uniforms, paperwork, work, household duties, the list can go on.... it's exhausting just thinking about it! If you're feeling overwhelmed I'm here to help you get prepared, sharing my Back to school tips for busy mums, to help you have everything organised for the first day of School.REMOVEABLE LABELS: My kid’s school supplies each student with a laptop. However these can not be permanently labelled, but I feel it’s necessary to still put the names on them for easy identification.  I picked some that are durable and flexible that have a strong adhesive but can be cleanly removed if needed.

Back to school time is a balancing act with a house full of kids and having to organise school supplies, lunchboxes, uniforms, paperwork, work, household duties, the list can go on.... it's exhausting just thinking about it! If you're feeling overwhelmed I'm here to help you get prepared, sharing my Back to school tips for busy mums, to help you have everything organised for the first day of School.One idea is to use different colours and styles, to identify different children’s things or the different purposes for the stationary.

Back to school time is a balancing act with a house full of kids and having to organise school supplies, lunchboxes, uniforms, paperwork, work, household duties, the list can go on.... it's exhausting just thinking about it! If you're feeling overwhelmed I'm here to help you get prepared, sharing my Back to school tips for busy mums, to help you have everything organised for the first day of School.Labels don’t need to be fancy or complicated! You can find good school labels at Officeworks and most office supply stores. 

MEAL PLAN

I meal plan and go grocery shopping on the weekend as opposed to ducking into the grocery store on a busy weeknight when the kids will be tired after a long day at school. I can’t exaggerate enough how meal planning helps my sanity. To have all our dinner and lunchbox essentials in the fridge for the beginning of the week makes those busy afternoons easier.  You don’t want to be dragging tired kids to the grocery store.

Consider your after school commitments to what you would then plan for dinner.

Back to school time is a balancing act with a house full of kids and having to organise school supplies, lunchboxes, uniforms, paperwork, work, household duties, the list can go on.... it's exhausting just thinking about it! If you're feeling overwhelmed I'm here to help you get prepared, sharing my Back to school tips for busy mums, to help you have everything organised for the first day of School.

LET THE KIDS HELP

Busy school mornings can present themselves with many challenges, making breakfast, making lunches, ironing uniforms, refereeing arguments, it’s a juggle.  Kids love becoming independent. Organise your fridge and pantry to make the process easy for them to help you pack lunches.

HOW TO ORGANISE THE FRIDGE AND KEEP IT TIDY – Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, ensure leftovers get eaten, and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up. Read more here.

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

DON’T FIGHT THE CONTACT BATTLE

I used to cover the kid’s school books in contact in the early days, once the third child started school by the end of it I was cursing and just wasn’t pretty to be around.  It did my head in, probably because I couldn’t handle having bubbles in it. Since I have used book covers, they are more expensive, but they have saved my sanity!

Back to school time is a balancing act with a house full of kids and having to organise school supplies, lunchboxes, uniforms, paperwork, work, household duties, the list can go on.... it's exhausting just thinking about it! If you're feeling overwhelmed I'm here to help you get prepared, sharing my Back to school tips for busy mums, to help you have everything organised for the first day of School.

FUN ORGANISED HOMEWORK AREA

A study space for the kids to sit down and do their homework can help motivate them to get it done! While the older kids may like to lie on their beds, it’s beneficial to create a clutter free homework area and a good habit to get them to sit at a desk to encourage proper posture, preventing back and neck pain. Find more about organised homework areas here. 

What area of organising the kids for school are you concerned with?

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236 comments

Fiona Long January 6, 2017 - 5:24 AM

This year I have 2 boys at school, eeeek! My main area of concern is organizing their uniforms for the right days (sport uniform and regular uniform) and then making sure they come home at the end of the day (so labeling is very important). ?

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Kristy January 6, 2017 - 11:26 PM

Labelling lunch boxes and drink bottles no matter what marker i use the names seem to come off.

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Miranda January 7, 2017 - 2:07 AM

Like many mums I find labelling all the bits and pieces daunting. With six children the labelling process has consumed many hours of my life, especially as preprinted name labels are beyond my budget. I was very pleased to see your blog dealing with this as I was struggling to find a suitable write on label for lunch boxes and drink bottles that would stand up to the washing, rubbing and condensation to come ?. Thanks for another timely bit of inspiration.

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Sam January 8, 2017 - 7:54 AM

Lunchboxes! Providing a variety of healthy, wholesome and yummy food EVERY day. I understand the importance of kids eating good food because it can greatly affect their ability to learn and concentrate. I need to get into a habit of baking on the weekend to ensure we have snacks ready for school as I want to minimize food that comes in a packet.

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Ingrid January 9, 2017 - 9:46 PM

I am most concerned with labeling school books and keeping on top of all notices and information. Esp those that come to me electronically. So easy to loose or forget about.

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Roslyn January 11, 2017 - 10:50 AM

The third of my 4 starts full time school this year. My area of focus is setting up a homework area. Previously they’ve done it at the kitchen table but as they get older and get more & more work there’s been a clash between the kids finishing their work and needing to clear & set the table for dinner.

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Sharni January 12, 2017 - 9:16 AM

I’m concerned with lunches for my son. I’m really trying to improve the healthy content, but he is extremely fussy and won’t eat salad/veggies and feel stressed helping to give him what he needs in a way that he’ll actually eat!!

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Jaimelee Brown January 12, 2017 - 3:00 PM

I’m Most concerned with my kids losing things I have four in school and so many things don’t come home and I have to replace. It’s also my second eldest last year in primary school so that is a little nerve racking

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Dayle January 12, 2017 - 3:05 PM

My main area of concern is – Everything! I am a grandparent with full time parenting responsibility for my two beautiful grandchildren, aged 5 and 3. Miss 5 went to pre-school in 2016, and while Mr 3 is technically able to go to pre-school this year, we are holding him back until 2018.

Ms 5 starts Kindy with full uniform this year and let me say that after almost 30 years I feel quite out of touch with the whole thing – that’s why TOH is so important for me. I left the workforce 12 months ago to try and do my best by my 2 grandchildren, and it is quite a struggle. A label kit such as Avery supply would be amazing – I thought I would have to purchase a label maker, but the Avery solution looks fantastic!

thank you for the opportunity, and a huge thanks for your blog!

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Carole January 6, 2017 - 5:28 AM

Labelling everything! In the past the labels I use come off and then I don’t have time to relabel. I love the idea of the Avery no iron labels and the waterproof labels to put on the lunch boxes. Definitely will be heading out to Officeworks to find some of these!

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Tamara January 6, 2017 - 5:38 AM

Our oldest is starting kindergarten this year, which is exciting and daunting for all of us. My main concern is being able to organise a delicious, healthy lunchbox each day for him but also providing some variety so it’s not always the same. We are restricted with a number of severe food allergies which requires a lot of cooking as a lot of pre-packaged foods just aren’t safe. With working full-time I want to be able to get all the cooking done without giving up spending weekends with my family so will need to be super organised!

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Laura Murphy January 6, 2017 - 6:03 AM

This year I want to make sure my kids have healthier lunches and snacks in their lunch boxes with less processed stuff. But in the last 2 years we seem to have lost alot of Tupperware containers! I need to make sure everything is well labeled this year!

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Christine January 6, 2017 - 6:05 AM

I have 4 at school, our eldest starting high school which is exciting and scary all at the same time. The area of organisation that gets me all the time is lunches and packing of school bags – they always forget something! The other things is lost drink bottles! Labels always come off over time and im forever having to buy new ones.

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Emily Costello January 6, 2017 - 6:05 AM

For us, it’s labelling everything in a way so as it doesn’t come off. Last year in Prep we used printed labels that peeled off. This year I really want to be more organised and have everything labelled properly. Especially the huge supply of pencils we need to send in.

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Nicci January 7, 2017 - 8:01 PM

Last year I bought an Engraving tool from Bunnings for $20. I literally wrote their names on everything lunchboxes, containers, pencils, textas, rulers. Its been awesome for ipad chargers ( we havent lost any this year)!

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Khushi Chan January 6, 2017 - 6:07 AM

My son is starting prep this year and I’m finding it really overwhelming with all the different products that are available these days! From labels, to different types of lunch boxes (not to forget accessories such as lunchbox coolers) right down to the different brands of sharpeners to purchase.
It’s hard to decide which product would be durable and practical to use, I didn’t even think of labelling my sons pencils u til I saw your post! Haha
Thank you for sharing these tips, they have helped this first time school mum tremendously x

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Kathy January 6, 2017 - 6:14 AM

My concerns this year is just being organised enough to successfully finish the year. For the first time I have two in high school, but two different high schools, one child who is special needs is in a school much further from home. Of course the school hours from the two schools don’t work nicely together and the buses are not easy. My two children’s personalities are so different that they require completely different things and help from the other and now they are older they have very strong preferences on school snacks, of course what one loves the other hates, so ideas on school snack that can be frozen would be great 😉

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Rebecca January 6, 2017 - 6:18 AM

Working full time for the first time having the kids and having my youngest in prep. I’m concerned about keeping up with the grocery shopping to make healthy lunches.

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Nicole Ryan January 6, 2017 - 6:21 AM

Thanks for sharing these tips. For me, it’s making sure hats and jackets come back home. Our school had a new policy in 2016, if hats, jackets, lunchboxes or water bottles get lost they end up in a bucket in the school grounds. Anything left at the end of the week without a clear label gets thrown out! It’s so wasteful! So if the label falls off or washes off you don’t have much time to find it!

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Karla January 6, 2017 - 6:26 AM

I have four kids who are now all at school. I work full time, am a single mum and have a mortgage in Sydney. I watch every single cent and am extremely frugal. Otherwise we can’t survive. My biggest concern is losing any piece of school gear/equipment as it costs so much to replace. I label things but with little strips of paper and sticky tape. Very time consuming. And I don’t have much spare time.

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Lisa roche January 6, 2017 - 6:36 AM

I have 4 busy children in my house. One on the spectrum. Another child starting high school this year and my youngest starting kindy. Between 3 school pickup and drop offs, and labelling uniforms which have yet to be purchased, stationary orders and all the other back to school stuff, I guess I need to get more organised this year. I am loving all your hints and suggestions. These labels will make a huge difference to my life as will following your other hints and suggestions.

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Natalie Waghorn January 6, 2017 - 6:40 AM

I’ll have two in primary school this year and up until now I’ve been quite lax with homework, struggling to fit it in with our weekly schedule and my desire for them to play and enjoy their childhood. I’d like to work out a way to make all areas work together so they actually hand in homework this year!

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Kirsten burton January 6, 2017 - 6:53 AM

I have 5 kids (3 in school, 1 in preschool and 1 at home) so things get very unorganised quickly. I need to somehow get organised so my kids stop losing things in the home and get a smoother routine for getting ready and homework.

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louise woods January 6, 2017 - 6:55 AM

This year I have two boys at school.
Having one starting kind is fun,exciting and a little chaotic.
Labelling is an area I’m going to need to organise so I can label all there items individually and have everything ready the night before.

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Kate January 6, 2017 - 7:05 AM

Our youngest children (twins) begin Kindy this year, which means our 4 children will be at school with Dad and I both heading to work. 6 lunch boxes to pack and prepare is my daily challenge, so I’m aiming to have all done the night before to try and minimise the morning mayhem!!

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Stef January 6, 2017 - 7:10 AM

I have never had to pack lunches before as I was lucky enough that daycare provided all food. This year I will be packing 2 kids lunches for the first time. I just want to pack lunches that will get eaten, are healthy and don’t leave me stressed out every morning ?

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Emily O'Brien January 6, 2017 - 7:12 AM

We have our eldest starting school this year! Eek very exciting and daunting.
I’m a bit concerned with trying to get him into a suitable school routine without disrupting our 1 year olds daily routine too much (as we have only just gotten him to self settle and sleep more than an hour!! )
I also want to be able to organise weekly meal plans to make my life a lot easier and not have to rely on pre-made foods, because I like to make everything myself to reduce preservatives etc.

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Kerrie Fisher January 6, 2017 - 7:15 AM

I have two in primary school and one starting high school. The most important thing to me is having everything labelled so when the items get lost they can be returned to us.

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Amy January 6, 2017 - 7:18 AM

I’m freaking out a little. I’m a new step-mum to 2 kids (5 and 7) with the 5 year old going into prep this year. Working full-time has meant that I have no idea where to start and hoping that it all just “falls into place by itself” – although I know that won’t happen.
Thank-you for your post, it’s given me the confidence to take a deep breath and write a to do list and stop at officeworks on the way home from work. I’m hoping to get a label on all the 7’s stuff as I think we bought 3 hats and 4 lunchboxes for him last year. It does put a smile on my face to see how excited 5 is to start school- she’s soooooo ready!!

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Lisa Ferrando January 6, 2017 - 7:21 AM

I was so excited to read abut the no iron clothing labels. This year I will have 3 in high school, 2 in primary and 1 at home. Once the size label is worn, trying to work out whose uniform is whose drives me batty. The uniforms here are all unisex and they kids are close in size. Love that I no longer have to order labels and wait for their arrival. Thanks for sharing such a clever product!

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Jo January 6, 2017 - 7:22 AM

I’m going back to work full time this year! As a teacher myself, I know how important it is to label EVERYTHING including my supplies! My concern is affording enough labels for my school supplies and all the stuff needed for three boys in primary school and also labelling their stuff for their other commitments such as boxing gloves, footy boots, swimming caps and cricket wickets! Such a generous prize would really help me to seal the deal! Thank you ?

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Sarah Darragh January 6, 2017 - 7:23 AM

I have two girls in primary and a newborn baby. The oldest is starting grade 2 and the middle one is starting prep. My biggest concern is getting them into a morning routine. As with school holidays and the addition of a brand new family member mornings have been very lax.

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Eileen January 6, 2017 - 7:24 AM

I gave 3 children 3,6,9.My concern is getting them back into a routine and bed in time so they get up in the morning with out it being a mad rush !!

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Tracey-Lee January 6, 2017 - 7:25 AM

I am most concerned about lunchboxes. About packing a healthy lunch and snack that my son will actually eat. My eldest starts prep this year and he doesnt like much. I packed lunches for him to kinder last year but it was always the same which he got bored of. In need of lots of ideas/lunch and snack combos that go together.

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Nadiene craddock January 6, 2017 - 7:36 AM

My daughter is starting grade prep, so many new pieces of clothing and equipment and I know I need to label everything to ensure it’s safekeeping ?.

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Sharni January 6, 2017 - 7:37 AM

The damn lunch boxes! What to put in them!! Try to keep to healthy but also something they will actually eat and trying to stay within a budget!! School holidays are so liberating not having to make them everyday

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Jen Anderson January 6, 2017 - 7:37 AM

I have 2 heading into Year 5 & 3. They are learning to be independent & organize themselves so it is most important for me to have everything labeled & a home for everything. This wil hopefully make their job a bit easier! Our 2017 resolution was to reduce sugar & wii busy after school activities to have healthier dinners – this is going to take a lot of organization!

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Jessica January 6, 2017 - 7:40 AM

My eldest is starting school this year. The task of labelling everything is very overwhelming. I haven’t started yet. I’m also concerned about packing lunches that she will eat and are healthy.

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Nicole Meyer January 6, 2017 - 7:43 AM

You would think having 2 already at school and with my last starting Prep I would be super organised!?! NOT!!!! I have less time and less money! These no iron tags are sent from heaven!!!! Labelling clothes is the hardest thing to do. Ive resorted to sewing labels on.

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Emma January 6, 2017 - 7:43 AM

Labeling the clothing is definitely on my list of jobs and these labels you have highlighted look fantastic. With our uniforms being so expensive and 4 kids I really need to keep track of our items, especially with my twins who start school this year.

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Laura Napper January 6, 2017 - 7:47 AM

Love your post! I had no idea about the no iron labels – they are fantastic! That’s one element of organising for the school year taken care of. I must admit labelling all items was starting to worry this not-so-organised mum of two…thank you!!

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Cindy January 6, 2017 - 7:53 AM

Lunch boxes! Why oh why are there so many choices. I like to have wastefree lunch boxes so a container with compartments is ideal, but it seems to be so hard to decide which one has the right number and right size spots. And some of them are so expensive – with 3 kids it’s hard to justify the cost even though friends say they last years!! Any suggestions??

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Mel January 6, 2017 - 7:56 AM

I continuously lose track of what week the kids are in during the term. Im hoping I can organise myself better this year so I dont miss important events….again.

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Katie January 6, 2017 - 8:03 AM

My son will be starting Prep this year and my daughter is moving in to grade 3. My main areas for concern are getting the right uniforms for the right day and everything making it home again…everyday, including hats, drink bottles, library bags, school bags, headbands and lunch boxes (and the little containers within the lunch box!).

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Katrina January 6, 2017 - 8:04 AM

Mr 7 is going into year 2 and with his autism things have to be done in a certain way for him to be able to adapt and be ready for school to go back. It is a big change at the start if the year, he doesn’t like big physical changed in the home so making a homework ares is hard. We find it hard to organise his belongings, lunchbox,bottle, books, change of clothes, pencils ect labelling is a must! to win your pack would make a world of difference .rhank you

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Tracy January 6, 2017 - 8:06 AM

Having had two of my three children finish school you’d think I’d have this whole thing down to a fine art by now. But we have one more to go. He begins Year 11 this year; this is the child that will send me insane. My biggest concern? This gorgeous young man has an ADHD-wired brain and needs extra assistance with planning and organisation tasks. I need to help him put systems in place so that he can work within them. Labelling and colour-coding are probably going to be the beginning of those systems! Also – getting his belongings to return home is going to be a huge thing too, now that he’s in a senior school common room.

PS – Katrina, those PVC book covers saved my life. All through Secondary school we’ve had ONE English teacher who insisted on covered exercise books. I’m not a swearing person, but contacting books brings me close. The book covers were $1 in my local newsagents and they are reusable. Totally saved my life!!!

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Gwen January 6, 2017 - 8:08 AM

Thanks for the tips. After the long summer break, I need to get my head around ALL aspects of the back to school routines, including the after school activities. I like to make up a weekly schedule for each child which sets out each day and details which uniform they wear, what special school activities (library, school banking etc) and after school activities they need to prepare for and also sets out specific homework requests. It helps us be a bit more organised. If I am honest, I am dreading all the labelling. Especially labelling pencils and markers! Uugh, so time consuming! I am looking forward to your tips on lunches and ideas for baking and preparing in bulk for the week. Thanks!

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Tanya January 6, 2017 - 8:13 AM

My eldest starts prep this year, so I need to get all her brushes and hair things organized in one spot (she needs hair tied up & only school colours) so we can get out the door quickly in the morning.

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Mary Preston January 6, 2017 - 8:19 AM

Organising food for lunchboxes is always a concern. It is so easy to get into a rut and go for the boring, easy option as the year progresses. With proper labelling at least the lunch boxes themselves will come home.

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Sharon Baird January 6, 2017 - 8:28 AM

I work full-time and our youngest is starting Prep this year and our eldest is in year 6. The kindy used to provide all meals and the eldest sorts himself out. This year we are going to be doing lunches for 4 and it might only seem like one more but we don’t do lunches for 3 very well. My main job this year is to get the lunch routine sorted, we leave at 6 am in the mornings so I would like to get everyone involved and get them done at night. Wish me luck!!

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Kat D January 6, 2017 - 8:30 AM

My biggest concern is bullying, kids can be so cruel, and having witnessed it, and seen my daughter impacted by it, all I can say is being organized plays a big part. From the time you drop them at school, too early/late plays a big part, accommodating tears at the gate time as there class mates are cruel and they don’t want to go in, to ensuring there stuff is labeled to prevent theft, to what’s in the lunch box. I keep a bag of lunch time activities in my boot, if my daughter had trouble with kids in the play ground the day before or no one to play with I encouraged her to take the double douch skipping ropes, or the outside games such as elastics, basketball, leg hopper, a big bag of lollipops etc, we discuss what happened as it keeps me informed of what’s going on, why she feel the way she does, what might have caused it etc and then we choose what activity we think is appropriate to get the right people / school friends united again. My concern is that parents can be more cruel than kids, my key concern and being organized for is to stay away from the parent politics and gossip, I simply want to be there for my child.

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Andrea O'Rourke January 6, 2017 - 8:35 AM

With my eldest starting high school & my youngest now going to primary school by herself & myself re-entering the workforce part-time, I’m concerned about coming up with a routine that works for everyone. I’m also still wanting to be there for my girls as much as possible without feeling guilty for having to work.

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Rebecca Breslin January 6, 2017 - 8:38 AM

WHAT AREA OF ORGANISING THE KIDS FOR SCHOOL ARE YOU CONCERNED WITH?
Definitely labeling…..my 3rd and final child starts school this year and all 3 of them have new school uniforms so I have 3 lots of uniforms, books and pencils!!!! Going from past experience with my older 2 we have lost quite a few items as they leave a lot behind and I haven’t been organized enough to label clothing. So hopefully I have finally learnt my lesson…label everything!!

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Susie January 6, 2017 - 8:42 AM

Hi my youngest is starting school this year, with my eldst starting high school and my middle in year 2 with myself and my husband working full time jobs and studying i really need all the tips of organising my crazy house hold in the mornings and afternoons. Making sure everyone has done their homework and in the mornings making sure everyone is out the door with everything they need for the day and not forgetting anything is a big one for us.

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Kylie B January 6, 2017 - 8:45 AM

Dreading contacting school books! I usually get my husband to do it because I know both of us will get bubbles and it won’t be perfect but it’ll bother him less! I’m definitely going to buy some book covers now thanks to your post!

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Angie January 6, 2017 - 8:47 AM

What sorcery is this?! No-iron labels – surely this cannot be true. How much easier does that make the dreaded labelling. I might not lose any hats this year if I use them! Awesome I say. i hate the usual labelling, its such a chore.

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Kara Clarke January 6, 2017 - 8:49 AM

This is my first year with both girls at school. I need to be organised especially in the morning so we are not rushed and I don’t start yelling. I then need to be organised for after school with all the activities they are doing. It is already doing my head in even just thinking about how to handle everything! Any advise and help is always appreciated.

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Leasl January 6, 2017 - 9:04 AM

LUNCHES!! They want variety and I find it tricky to please them. I had 1 with a broken jaw last year, so was sending him to school with blended meals for 10 weeks! I made it through though, and school were super supportive!

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Kate Irving January 6, 2017 - 9:08 AM

Lunch variety. My LO gets healthy food but I feel I give her the same food every day. I want to prep some foods in advance to keep in the freezer so I can change her meals and snacks around each day.

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Tara Spickett January 6, 2017 - 9:28 AM

School jackets. The number of school jackets that we have lost is ridiculous. I write names on the tag inside the jacket, but that seems to wash off quickly, or tear off, & at $35+ a jacket with 4 kids….I need something clearer that can’t be easily torn out. Thanks!

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Emma January 6, 2017 - 9:30 AM

All your tips have been so helpful – thankyou!! My first daughter is due to start school soon and I am actually concerned with our morning routine – remembering everything & dropping her off at school at the right time without limited chaos.

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Lauren January 6, 2017 - 9:34 AM

I am most concerned about my son loosing his brand new blazer!!! $200 RIDICULOUS so i need help to easily label it in multiple places so it comes back to me if lost.
I also need to label all of their other items and with pe uniforms and normal uniforms there is a lot of labeling and of course i have to do double for both the boys!! I would LOVE to win this!! LOVE your page!!

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Lacey Daley January 6, 2017 - 9:44 AM

Firstly, thank you for your daily dose of sanity! I love reading your email each day and in a household of 4 kids under 3 years of age, it’s a slice of heaven to help get me grounded for the day ahead. Biggest challenge for me is the afternoon chaos when the kids return from daycare. They’re lunch bags and school bags have containers with missing lids, half eaten bananas, sand, glitter and a mish mash of their day inside them. With 4 bags to unpack, it’s a full dishwasher load and washing machine load and a huge effort, as they are all grumpy, tired and wanting their dinner and baths. I have so much stuff to organise, including lunches, bedding (for their nap at daycare), spare clothing etc. Do you have any tips on being able to organise all four kiddies for the week so the afternoon mayhem becomes less of a struggle?

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Jill January 6, 2017 - 10:02 AM

My daughter is going into Year 1 and I want to set up a fun/study area, so that homework is not a chore but enjoyable.

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Carli Cooper January 6, 2017 - 10:12 AM

I want to ensure each day involves a waste free lunch for our tribe. No cling wrap, single use packaging or zip lock bags. Just food, glorious food!
A line of bento boxes in the fridge would really help ease the chaotic morning rush. Tasty, bright, healthy meals to power us through the day whilst helping to reduce the strain on our gorgeous environment.

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Tricia January 6, 2017 - 10:52 AM

It seems my kids have all grown over the holidays so I will be busy labelling all new school clothes this year so those no iron labels will be absolutely perfect! I am loving the idea of the sharpies with the self-sealing labels. My son is autistic & finds pictures easier to recognise than words so I am going to try drawing pictures on the labels to help him. Hopefully, this helps lower our loss ratio!

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Deb Kennelly January 6, 2017 - 10:53 AM

In the chaos of all leaving the house together for work and school, we need to be more organised with our lunch preparation!

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Emily January 6, 2017 - 10:56 AM

Mr 4 starts kindy this year ! He is so excited 🙂
My biggest concern is him losing all his school supplies. He is always putting his drink bottle down and then can’t find it.
I am also struggling to get him to sit down and eat lunch, but I have started making some of your yummy recipes and he is loving them !

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Rebecca Hawkins January 6, 2017 - 11:14 AM

How to get them back into early wake-up times after the long holidays!

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Naomi Thomson January 6, 2017 - 11:17 AM

As a mum who works full time and with our youngest starting Prep this year, being organised is going to be an extra challenge. I think labeling everything is essential but it can take such a long time. I find I’m organised with this at the beginning of the year but then struggle to maintain this as the year goes on and we replace things. I love the idea of no iron clothing labels!

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Chloe January 6, 2017 - 11:25 AM

This year I really want to focus on planning! I find that I start out really well and then everything slips! From washing to meals to make sure our weeks are seamless and we can enjoy more time together on weekends instead of madly playing catch up!

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Jessica Harding January 6, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Being a Special Ed Teacher, I am always needing labels for work and sometimes the forget about the kids of my own. I still haven’t organised their labels and just ordered their stationary yesterday. Would love some help

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Warren Kelly January 6, 2017 - 11:48 AM

My youngest Daughters starts school this year, she’s o excited. I’ll have three attending, need to have all books labelled. Including their lunch boxes and snacks. The labels for clothing are wonderful!, no more losing jumpers! We tend to lose these, if they’re not put into their bags once taken off. It’s a great competition!, one that would certainly benefit any who win it!?

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Wendy Paulsen January 6, 2017 - 11:59 AM

With 3 kids, 2 in highschool 1 in primary, I’ve got the labelling and organising pretty much under control. What I do need help with is budgeting for everything! Both highschool kids need their own device, which I’m just gonna rent from the school, but this is the last year they do that, due to warranty running out. So my question is, do you have any budgeting tools and tips? That would be so great!

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Meg January 6, 2017 - 12:00 PM

The thing that concerns me most about back to school is having nutritious and interesting food packed in the kids lunch boxes that they will eat… and getting them out the door on time – clothed and fed!

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Kelly January 6, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Definitely labelling uniform, books and lunch containers has been at the forefront of my mind this week- So this post is perfect!. My eldest just about to start School and I’ve been trying to get my head around all the things I need to organise. Thank you

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Heather Lees January 6, 2017 - 12:06 PM

I am not at all sure where to start with the school routine as it is all scary. We will be new to the shcool routine this year and he hasn’t been to childcare either so it is all a bit daunting. I worked so hard to get the routine we have I am scared at how long it will take to get a good achievable back to school routine. So every tip you post will be read.

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Rachael L January 6, 2017 - 12:19 PM

My concern is labelling all the tiny things like pencils and text as I always struggle with these.

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Marta Zeng January 6, 2017 - 12:32 PM

The school organizing area that I am most concerned about is the preparation & planning to make sure that all will go smoothly from ready cleaned ironed uniform daily with labelling & lunch box preparation. My son is a picky eater so providing him with healthy food variety that he is willing to try and eat is not easy. He has special needs, so I also have to make sure I label everything, otherwise he might leave some stuff or uniform at school & he won’t realise it.

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Carmel Dietrich January 6, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Organising kids self-reliance for getting out the door on time! I dream of a school morning that doesn’t involve me screaming like a banshee or repeating myself 40 times for each step of getting ready (hair, teeth, lunch in bag, full uniform etc.). There has to be a calmer way to start the day!

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Rebecca FUSER January 6, 2017 - 12:56 PM

My biggest organisational concern for school this year is planning and time management. Being organised to get to school on time. I want to start the year fresh with a routine that minimises stress on both myself and my 3 children. I have already found many helpful hints in several of your posts and products.

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Teresa Holding January 6, 2017 - 12:58 PM

Its a nightmare each yr making sure labels are clear and reliable.They either wash off or other kids do their best to tear them off.I just want what i pay for to be able to label and organise once and once only.

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Juanita Pereira January 6, 2017 - 2:01 PM

For me I’m most concerned about labelling all of my daughter’s belongings plus covering all of those darned exercise books.. so hard to find the time to do anything… still recovering from Xmas and new Year!

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Irena January 6, 2017 - 2:21 PM

Their jumpers! My son told me one day that he is the only kid in his class without a labeled jumper and when I asked him how did he know it was his jumper, he said: ‘Well, the one without a name’!

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Natalie January 6, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Trying to maintain healthy and fuss free lunchboxes for the whole term. We usually start out well but have a steady decline as the term wears on. Also keeping track of all the activities for school as well as extra curricular for 2 kids plus one starting pre kindy this year!

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Amber Vella January 6, 2017 - 3:29 PM

This year my concern is for my social awarkard son in grade four, he has his first male teacher so I hope he gets a good role model. Also he needs to make new friends with all his classmates again…first world problems for this parent.

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Kim January 6, 2017 - 3:37 PM

I’m a first timer to one child in high school with two still at Primary school. I’m hoping initially the drop off & collect the boys from school won’t be too stressful ? . I’m sure my eldest will help out by riding his bike on the good weather days & unfortunately two buses on the no good weather days. It’s unfortunate he picked a school not near by & only one other child from his last school is going too. Also my eldest is a high achievers & stresses easily. I’m already thinking of enquiring about yoga for teens to help him. Not sure where to start with that . Hopefully good old Google …. Trying not too pre stress too much with the change & just roll with the flow ….

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Amy Power January 6, 2017 - 4:03 PM

Loved this blog, thank you! I recently purchased your weekly planner and have to say it’s a life saver! My back to school concern is the trying to organise the after school activities…dancing, footy etc especially with trying to fit dinner and homework in there somewhere!

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Angela January 6, 2017 - 4:04 PM

Having to leave for work before the kids, making sure they take the correct lunch is always a drama. Stop the world if they take the wrong lunch. To be able to label their lunches that won’t come off may just stop these problems with the kids.

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Francesca January 6, 2017 - 4:19 PM

This year I have a Son in grade 1 and two girls in childcare as I am working full time, this is the time to get absolutely everything organised from their uniforms and clothes, right down to lunchboxes and bags even socks, undies and stockings. Trying to organise and lable absolutely everything to make our days and week flow much better.

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Audrey January 6, 2017 - 4:24 PM

Our morning routine is the most stressful part of the week! Our eldest is starting kindy this year, and her sister is in her first year of preschool, and my husband and i both work. I struggle to make 4 lunches each morning as well as get the girls and myself dressed, hair done, and Makeup on (me only!) 🙂 we are rarely out the door on time! I found this post to be full of great tips, and look forward to more motivation to be organised!

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Brendon January 6, 2017 - 4:47 PM

Everything! With 3 at home this year and swapping roles with the wife, I am trying to use all the information I have gathered from your wonderful blog to try and set up meal plans, lunch plans, bill organising, day to day organising. I’m starting to get everything into place so now to just stick at it!

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Sandra Mansell January 6, 2017 - 4:54 PM

This year with my eldest heading off to high school I want to get ahead with the cooking. Meal planning is a must as both she and my middle child will be in the Brisbane Gang Show with all the rehearsals that entails. They’re also in Scouts and my youngest is in Cubs. I’m terrible at meal planning so I want to get that organised so I’m not ducking to the shops every second day after I drop them at school! I also want to learn to use my slow cooker for more than just spaghetti Bolognese and curried sausages.

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Erin January 6, 2017 - 5:06 PM

I have two children starting a new daycare while not school yet I am finding it very daunting, just having moved states I am concerned about getting everything labeled and organised. Haven’t found any labels that hold up the kids yet.

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Megan Magill January 6, 2017 - 5:30 PM

This year the area I want to get on top of is labelling everything, been organised so that I know who needs what, were they’re going and that they have the correct things for school everyday. This year I’ve got 4 going off to school, my eldest is starting high school which is a bit of a worry and to top it all off we’ve changed schools. So far I’ve got their stationary, text book and 1 uniform. So I now need to get lunch boxes, drink bottles, more uniforms and I need LABELS. I need to label everything and with my eldest doing 7 subjects that’s a heap of books, pens, folders etc. Winning this prize would help me greatly as I wouldn’t have to order online for labels that hopefully don’t get pulled off. I’m loving the No-Iron Clothing Labels. Thanks for this opportunity 🙂

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Gemma January 6, 2017 - 6:10 PM

The area I am most keen on improving in, is remembering my twins individual schedules and them take ownership over remembering them. I really struggled remembering which day each had what and this year they’re doing different extra curricular as well so I think it would help us all to keep on top of whats what!

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Belinda January 6, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Our youngest is starting school. So this year we have 4 primary schoolers. I am great with intentions! I intend to be a super organized mum, though I last a day or a week or a month and out the window it goes. I would LOVE to have an organized area for school bags to go. Also I’m working on a space in the kitchen for all school lunch boxes, drink bottles, containers etc to live.

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Mia January 6, 2017 - 6:27 PM

My main concern this year is that both my kids are starting at a new school as we have moved over Christmas. I am just worried that my bad organisation will mean that they don’t have something that they need on their first day. I don’t want to give them any reason to not like their new school.

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Angela Sampson January 6, 2017 - 7:50 PM

This year what I really want to be organised with is ensuring we have decent home cooked meals on the table every night. My son is starting Kindergarten and with hubby and I both working full time jobs, mine being particularly demanding, I need to be super organised in all areas to give me extra time to cook dinner each night and to have the motivation to do it day after day. Every tip and suggestion on how to run a smooth household is gold.

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Carolyn January 6, 2017 - 7:57 PM

None! I love being organised and on top of everything!

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Anna January 6, 2017 - 8:08 PM

My main concern is getting the book cover/ coverings right and looking good. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I worry if I stuff any up, I will want to go and replace the books. ?

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Rachel Clark January 6, 2017 - 8:17 PM

I am most worried about organising two kids at school ? I feel like I have my routine for my miss 7 but I am worried now I have my mr 5 starting school my baby will be a big shock for both him and me. Thank you for the great ideas, they will all help ?

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Fiona January 6, 2017 - 8:17 PM

My twins are heading into year 2, in separate classrooms. My main concern getting them ready for school this year is their stationery. There’s a whole lot more of it this year, more than the odd glue sticks and pencils. Finding a way of labelling everything in their pencil case, and them being able to identify it’s theirs so it remains with them for the year.

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Trileen January 6, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Oh dear, where do i start!? my main “worry ” is how to organise the madness in the morning and how to avoid the ‘i dont like that’ lunch box drama…and i really need to try a meal.plan ????

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Emily Murray January 6, 2017 - 8:53 PM

I will be honest I am not a organised mum. I always have great intentions, but guarantee I will be up the night before school starts madly trying to find everything and get it labeled. This year my twins start prep and my older son starts at a new school. It’s label everything x3. Makes me want to pour a wine just thinking about it. Funny story about not being organised for school. My step mother was staying over last year and decided to help with my ironing pile. My son came running out saying don’t do my school shirts they have to be done in the morning just before I put them on. Maybe my goal should be to have all shirts ironed and hanging up before the morning. Don’t fancy doing 3 in a hurry.

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sonic January 6, 2017 - 9:02 PM

Oh my biggest worry is the non sandwich lunch eater!!!!!!
Trying to think of other alternates is horrendous !!!

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Lisa Mckenzie January 6, 2017 - 9:03 PM

first time school mum this year and I’m worried about EVERYTHING!!

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Leanne January 6, 2017 - 9:08 PM

The biggest thing I have to organise is which uniform goes on which child on which day. Second to that comes which size is for which child. Your weekly planner will help with the first issue, and I’ll have to invest in some of those labels for the second. Some days I feel I should stick a label on each child’s head it gets so chaotic!

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Rachael Weston January 6, 2017 - 9:13 PM

I’m worried about how to teach my 11 year old to Organise her locker. The old traditional type where last year it seemed to constantly eat her school supplies. It’s hard too as I am not there to get it sorted. It’s tough letting them do things on their own.

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Sharon January 6, 2017 - 10:14 PM

My main concern is healthy snacks (that the kids will eat) that I can prepare on the weekend and freeze. Finding recipes that defrost well isn’t easy.

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Donna Denton January 6, 2017 - 10:52 PM

Our homework load is going to double. So is our doctors appointments and after school activities. Lugging around homework and not leaving them behind is my biggest concern this year!

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Lisa January 6, 2017 - 10:57 PM

I’m worried about keeping up with the 3 stages of school life we are facing this year – Yr 12 = HSC! Yr 7 = 1st year high school! Yr 4 = my baby is growing up LOL!! I need a great planner to be super organised!

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Jillian S January 7, 2017 - 7:58 AM

My main concern is finding an adequate lunchbox and filling it with a variety of healthy choices. (And not having my daughter lose any of the compartments as she did last year). Most lunch boxes are so small and poorly shaped that there’s no way they can fit more than a sandwich, how boring and inconvenient!

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Ann groves January 7, 2017 - 8:01 AM

My main concern is getting up
On time and getting to school on time . I haven’t done the primary school thing for seven years , this year I will have one in kinder and one in year 12 , and that’s the second time I have done that . Our two youngest are in foster care so it’s a little different this time around

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Lyndall Talbot January 7, 2017 - 8:40 AM

I am determined this year to have my girls dropped at the school gate with plenty of time to spare for their morning playground catch up. We live 5 minutes from school and it’s a 9.25am start so there are no excuses! We have easy mornings but the last minute out- the-door-faffing gets us every time (usually by me ?).

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Andi January 7, 2017 - 8:57 AM

My concern isn’t so much leading up to returning to school, but certainly once it begins – game on & getting kids back into the swing of things. Getting back to getting excited about learning, getting homework done (without the bribery?) & having happy kids eating healthy exciting food in lunchboxes.

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Charlene Smith January 7, 2017 - 9:12 AM

Getting back into routine and learning a new teachers routine ie library day news day and all the rest. Getting my anxious child ready trying to prepare him the best I can for the first term of the new year.

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Julie Hunt January 7, 2017 - 11:18 AM

Healthy lunchboxes! My eldest is starting kindy this year and is the fussiest eater. I want ensure that she eats a healthy lunch and the lunchbox comes back empty. I also work fulltime with an 18 m.o, so finding time will be also a challenge.

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Jean January 7, 2017 - 11:24 AM

If I don’t have to iron, this Mum will be smilin’, these labels sound like bliss, so I’m sending you a kiss! (3 kids – 10, 8 & 5, youngest starting school this year!)

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karen January 7, 2017 - 12:51 PM

Happy 2017 !
I am learning to become better organised. I have the school stuff almost ready and my youngest is starting kindy this year 🙂
I need inspiration for lunches & dinner as my boys (partner & 2 kids) are super duper fussy,
I would love to win the prize. Im certain all the goodies will be put to good use 🙂

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Naomi Stephens January 7, 2017 - 1:53 PM

I work full time and have two wee ones (one in school, one in day care). I find planning entertainment for them during the long holidays leaves me little time to plan for the return to school and so it all becomes a big, disorganised rush in the last week! I need a proper labelling system and basically someone to do it all for me. Is that included in the prize???? 😉

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Nicole Ong January 7, 2017 - 5:30 PM

I am most concerned about lunches. Trying to come up with variety for a very picky eater, our first at big school, is making me anxious. Especially since I’ll be back to work and have a 12 month old also, I find it difficult to organise dinners etc let alone school lunches on top of that.

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Cindy Phillips January 7, 2017 - 5:46 PM

I have 3 kids at school, work fulltime & am a single parent. So it was be safe to say that finding the time & having to label everything for all 3 kids is my biggest concern. Then there is finding the money after having to buy everything. I also have one child that will not eat sandwiches so I have to find other things for him to have for lunch. Help

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claire evans January 7, 2017 - 7:41 PM

Homework are and space for study. The 3 kids share a desk but stuff is every where. I need to move it from the play room and out where i can keep it clean and things dont end up in the doll house

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Annne January 7, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Labelling their school clothes. My daughter will be in high school this year and the cost of each uniform item is close to $100 a piece and more for blazers etc. I just can’t afford for her to lose an item and therefore need a reliable labelling system.

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Mel January 7, 2017 - 8:18 PM

Getting to school (and then) work early or on time would be one of my concerns. I’m so tired the night before to get lunches & uniforms ready, which leads to the mad rush in the morning too!

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jody buhagiar January 7, 2017 - 10:00 PM

One in Middle school , Im concerned about his organisation. I want colours of their folders and notebooks to correspond to different classes. If green reminds them of science, then they’ll know instantly to grab the green notebook when looking for their science notes.

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Belinda Morris January 7, 2017 - 10:06 PM

Ummm…not quite sure where to start! Apart from saying EVERYTHING!! I have 4 girls, this year I will have one in year 7, year 5 & year 3! And my youngest starting daycare 4 days a week!! I am beyond anxious about the littlest starting….she is a fussy eater…so trying to find a lunchbox that will help to make what I give her appealing and set out well. I have just been diagnosed with a myriad of health issues & being a perfectionist isn’t helping with slowing down at all. I love being organised and my girls respond well to that! So plans in place so I can cope are a must BUT struggling with putting the plans in place! I am loving the avery labels!!! I have tried so many labels especially clothing ones to have them wash off after a few washes! As time is not in abundance …last year most of my uniforms ended up NOT being labelled!! The same with lunchboxes & containers! I can’t wait to try the Avery labels!! I also like the idea of the girls being able to personalise their own. Especially with my eldest being in high school….I don’t want her to feel self conscious with pre-ordered labels! She is quite creative and can make her own mark on her books. I could go on for hours but will leave it there! Thank you so much for providing us with so many fantastic ideas and taking the hard work out of researching & trying so many items so that we can be organised!!!

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Cathy January 7, 2017 - 11:08 PM

It’s a common thread but labeling clothes causes me the biggest headaches! I haven’t yet found an iron on label that stays on for any amount of time and permanent markers tend to “bleed”. Aaaaaaargh!

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Sarah Noonan January 8, 2017 - 6:58 AM

My concern every new year, is getting organised and staying organised the entire year. I’m a single mum to 2, one in daycare and one starts year 6 this year, so their needs are quite different day to day and knowing I have time to make sure master 11 is well organised so homework is done with everything he needs is top priority.
I’m saving to buy some furniture for a space in our garage where we have all our stationary and ‘stuff’ so he doesn’t spend an hour trying to find things, but it’s proving costly so far but his room fits a bed….and that’s it!!

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Annette January 8, 2017 - 7:06 AM

I have two at school this year, and I am returning to work after 4 years at home! Consequently I am very keen (aka: anxious!) to have all three of us organised and ready to go (plus my husband who is a shift worker!). I need to ensure everything is clearly labelled so that nothing is lost/left behind, as I won’t be there for pick ups. I am also yet to find a label durable enough to withstand the dishwasher without inevitably peeling at the corners, and the last iron-on labels I purchased come completely off after a few washes.

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Lindi Owen January 8, 2017 - 7:11 AM

Labelling labelling labelling! Labels that stay on with the amount of washing and cleaning their school clothes and equipment get.

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Nicole De Feudis January 8, 2017 - 7:21 AM

First time school mum here with my little girl starting prep?
The whole process has been daunting, but the biggest part is knowing how expensive the uniforms have been and fearing they won’t make it home.
Definitely on the market for a reliable label that doesn’t peel away.

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Nicole De Feudis January 8, 2017 - 7:22 AM

Ignore the ? ?

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Stacey January 8, 2017 - 7:44 AM

This year my aim is to ensure that we don’t have other kids items brought home by mistake. You would think that at 10, 9 and 5 they would be able to realise that “Toby” or “Charlie” wasn’t their name. I’m always that embarrassed mum returning misplaced items and praying that they are not starting a life of crime!

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Aim January 8, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Contact bubbling
Labels lifting
Expenses rising
Belongings drifting
But we do it all
Every year
A fresh new start
(Though with AVERY)
Have no fear

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Natalie wiyani January 8, 2017 - 8:46 AM

My area concern is the uniform for my 3 kids. Shirts, jumpers, jackets, skirts always mixed up after laundry. it would ve good to have easy avery labelling for each.

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Natalia January 8, 2017 - 9:06 AM

I’ll be 30 weeks pregnant with baby #4, and my first born starting prep. My biggest concern will be getting a morning routine sorted and being as organized as possible as we will all be walking to school and I don’t want to run late. Also school lunche variety worries me a bit, with a nut free policy, I need lots of safe lunch ideas so that my son doesn’t get bored eating the same things all yr.

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Kylie January 8, 2017 - 9:15 AM

Getting the kids out the door with everything they need without it resulting in me yelling and tearing my hair out!

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Laura January 8, 2017 - 9:21 AM

My firstborn starting Kindy next month and that means first time for me to have a school-kid and I’m extremely stress and concern about everything. When it comes to organising, my biggest concern is uniform and lunch prep

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Leigh January 8, 2017 - 11:09 AM

Labelling!! It’s overwhelming how much there is to label with three children! ?

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Carly January 8, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Time management is high on my priorities this year. I have two children in school, and two under 3 at home. I always find all school activities, ceremonies, presentations, assembly’s ect and ALWAYS at nap time!! It’s a killer! Do I try and skip the name and run the risk of screaming children being heard they out the assembly? Or miss out? Try and put them down for naps sooner?
With both being in primary this year I know it’s more important then ever I be there!

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Alysia Cesario January 8, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Getting into the routine, having everything organised in advance (clothes, books, labelling everything) and meeting the challenges of preparing healthy meals each afternoon whilst also ensuring quality time with my son, whilst working full time and soon to be studying full time as a sole parent.

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Ashleigh January 8, 2017 - 2:45 PM

This is my first year of getting ready for school. So the whole thing is daunting. If I can have one thing organised & ready to go it would be name labels for my sons belongings.

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Michelle January 8, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Organising school lunches everyday with food the kids will actually eat.

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Elizabeth clough January 8, 2017 - 4:44 PM

I’m a first time schoolie with my son starting prep so I am worried and thinking about everything and more

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Michelle Marchant January 8, 2017 - 5:29 PM

I’m concerned about organising my twin girls getting themselves organised for year 9.
The last 2 years paper work has been everywhere and the same with their exercise books.
We need some sort of system going. Help!!

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Caroline January 8, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Ha, all of it!
Mainly the mountains of work that come home so I’m not trying to sort it all at the end of the year

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sonya January 8, 2017 - 10:33 PM

My youngest is starting school this year and I don’t know what to feed him as the only sangers he’ll eat are peanut butter but we’re not allowed to send them with any nut product! I think I’ll have to give him just fruit and plain pasta as his diet is unfortunately very llimited!!

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Belinda January 8, 2017 - 10:49 PM

I’m concerned about the organisation of everything! It’s my first time experiencing the whole school mum situation – how will it be getting my 5 year old ready for school with a 3 year old and 6 month old? Would love to be super organised and have a set routine. Love your handy tips above and think I might have to get myself some of those labels!

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Deborah January 8, 2017 - 10:54 PM

Drink bottles and clothes drive me crazy!! Labels don’t seem to stick!

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Amanda McMorrow January 9, 2017 - 8:10 AM

Dinner! We both work full time with 2 boys at school. I want to make quick, healthy dinners.

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Kim January 9, 2017 - 9:01 AM

Being organized enough with life to be able to prioritize homework without it being chaos!

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Shelley January 9, 2017 - 12:01 PM

My major concern is contacting books! I am useless at contacting and the book covers dont come in the same size as diaries! The worst part is my other half is actually really good at contacting books and it makes me feel even more useless. He now has full responsibility of the contact – it is one job i will gladly not do.

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Blaire January 9, 2017 - 12:17 PM

My eldest is in full time school this year and his first time having to wear a uniform, so my concern is trying to label his clothing so any lost items can be returned. I’m also trying to create a ‘bag drop’ station with a hook for his school bag and boxes on the wall to keep his library books, news and notes from school organised.

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sabina griffiths January 9, 2017 - 12:21 PM

My husband writing on everything, I mean everything just makes things look tacky.

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Sarah January 9, 2017 - 4:25 PM

My eldest is starting Yr 1 and I am most concerned about labelling school supplies. I was wondering if you stick up your children’s school supplies at the end of Semester 1? Love your Instagram page and blog for daily inspiration!

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Cathy January 9, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The organised housewife where have you been all my life? My daughter is now going into Grade 6, thankfully now I will get it right! Every year I have labeled all her stuff with the boring old white wrong size labels that I have had to cut that has looked so wrong, so daggy and just not inviting… Now that I have seen what you have to offer I will never go back – thank you!!!

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Sam January 9, 2017 - 7:25 PM

It’s my little girl Natalie’s first year at school this year. I’m so unorganised. I need to label everything. And this prize pack would certainly help 🙂

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SHERYL January 9, 2017 - 8:37 PM

lunchbox and healthy foods I’m most worried about, I’m still haunted about my childhood lunches even though my mum did the best she could with the money she had
So I’d love to make sure there’s an organized system of variety, healthy, interesting. This prize pack would be so lovely for a first time school mum! Ps I do secretly love to label! I’ll label anything that’s not moving!

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Renee Ballantyne January 9, 2017 - 9:39 PM

Coming up with healthy lunchbox ideas and keeping it yummy and something my kids will like and eat

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Kylie January 9, 2017 - 10:45 PM

Hi Katrina and other”mothers in arms”. Ironically my area of concern is labelling. Getting the pen markers to stay on, buying designer labels that don’t last long on the items and using laundry markers on clothing tags and the ink bleeds and the name turns into a blob! Not to mention keeping on top of labelling every little individual thing.
Otherwise the fun starts when school returns, trying to make appealing and healthy lunch box additions for Miss 10 who is fussy and unfortunately loves a lot of foods which we can’t pack due to her poor highly allergic co students.
I’ve gained a lot of ideas and a number of successes thanks to your fantastic website, for which I’m forever thankful.
Good luck to all Mums organising the return to school requirements. May the force be with you ? x

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Rachel January 10, 2017 - 2:27 AM

First time school mum, long time worrier.

My little man starts prep this year and his school book list pack arrived today. What do I label? The exercise books and his lunch box, yes. But do I have to label the 8 glue sticks, the 10 whiteboard markers and the reams of paper? I’m such a newbie and I’m going to embarrass myself before school has even started.

But contact doesn’t scare me. I’m a librarian so I have mad book covering skills ?

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Gemma Gale January 10, 2017 - 3:17 PM

You need to check with the school as some are different. I know that at our school preps share stationery resources so we only have to label books, headphones, document wallet etc. From Grade 1 we have to label everything as items are no longer shared.

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Rebecca Spires January 10, 2017 - 3:37 AM

This year I will have both my kids in school! The most concerning area for me is what to up on their life much boxes, my oldest is quite fussy about what he eats for lunch (he’ll eat anything and everything at home but in his lunchbox is a whole different story) and my youngest is just generally fussy. I’m hoping to come up with some solutions that are quick and easy and will get eaten!

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Nora January 10, 2017 - 5:35 AM

My concern is the lunch box planning I don’t want my kids to just have a boring lunch with a sandwich and some fruit. I like to get more organised with planning ahead, as I struggle sometimes to keep my routine, this year is going to be even tougher with one at school, one at kindy and a baby at home. I love ideas about lunchbox fillers and snacks that are healthy and not just full of rubbish but I have some fussy eaters so wish me luck and please keep on posting yummy ideas for lunches ( and dinners too my second concern but I am sure we will manage to become an “organised housewife” ;).

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Kel Moes January 10, 2017 - 8:39 AM

Getting all the uniform bits checked, adjusted, purchased and ready to go by Day 1 is such a challenge. I have 2 girls who wear the same size school dress, but need different hem lengths – this adds the challenge of whose is whose so labelling is of course essential. Going through all the existing items, checking them over, getting the kids to try them on and adjusting them if needed is so time consuming, and the biggest challenge of all is buying any new items before school starts – generic socks, shirts and pants in the right colour and size sell out quickly – and the school uniform shop is only open for one day in the week before school starts back!

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Narelle Duffy January 10, 2017 - 9:28 AM

Being organised with healthy snacks in the cupboard and fridge for after school is my main concern. I work full time and by the time I get home, my daughter has eaten anything she can find which often spoils her appetite for dinner. Meal planning is also important to me for during the week.

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CJ January 10, 2017 - 10:16 AM

After a long holiday break, getting to wake up early for school, getting bags, uniforms ready the night before, time management & calendar planning.

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Samantha Woods January 10, 2017 - 10:55 AM

Labelling hats to me that’s what matters,
3 hats lost in two weeks has mum and dad mad as a hatters!!

Drink bottle labels that always come unstuck,
Keeping them there’s simply a matter of luck.

Jumpers that seems to jump right off their skin,
Is it really that tricky to bag them back in??

Lunchboxes that get misplaced along the way,
It’s the end of the world to use a different one for one day.

Help with these problems would be such a dream,
Please make my back to school prep easy with Avery and Hello Green.   

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Margot January 10, 2017 - 1:09 PM

My issue with organising the school week is… well, the school week!! I am at a loss with my time management, but am hoping to rectify that this year. My baby goes to school this year, so with three at school I may possibly get a grip on things… Ha! Time will tell… 😉

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Nicole January 10, 2017 - 3:17 PM

Morning routine and organization. I am currently pregnant and struggling with energy so I need a good morning routine to get things done and out the door for school on time. I will be returning to work when bub is 8 weeks so time management is going to be important with meal planning and bag packing etc.

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Grace January 10, 2017 - 3:23 PM

Where do I begin? Three at school, the fourth my hubby & I work three days. Trying to keep everyone organised, everything, labelled & keeping on top of meetings, appointments, excursions and on & on & on & ……. just when I think I have a handle on everything someone decides to change or add something new grrrrrr.i would love to be able to teach each child & hubby to organise, label their own things!!!!

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Vanessa McCallum January 10, 2017 - 5:01 PM

I’ll lead the organistion charge by ensuring everyone has labeled uniforms that fit (wardrobe clean out over the holidays needed)! We need to do a stock take on lunchoxes, drinkbottles, art smocks, library bags and hats! Have we picked up all the stationery needed? Once I’ve got all that sorted, I put some responsibility back on the kids to then be accountable for looking after all their things and hope nothing goes astray throughout the year – fingers crossed x

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Emma January 10, 2017 - 5:46 PM

I have my 1st going to primary school. This is all new to me. I have no idea what i need to label and with what to label them with.

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Nikoly January 10, 2017 - 7:45 PM

I’m concerned with everything! My eldest is starting year 7 so you’d think I’d have it all worked out by now but nope! My kids are as good at losing their belongings as I am at losing my shit getting them ready for school in the mornings. Somehow we muddle through but one of these days we will be a well oiled machine!

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Fiona January 10, 2017 - 8:08 PM

My 4 yr old is off to kinder. My main worry is providing healthy nut free (kinder policy) snacks and lunches to keep her going.

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Jane Cantrill January 10, 2017 - 8:31 PM

I have a planner on the fridge so we know what we have to pack for. I have list of what each child likes on their sandwiches/wraps/salads, as well as fruit and veggies they like. Having twins starting high school is exciting as they can help cook snacks for the week ahead. However I still chase containers & drink bottles for 3…bettter if they’re labelled! I think all mum’s would be rich if we owned a label shop & had shares in the plastic industry! ??

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Sophie January 10, 2017 - 9:14 PM

I am new to the school mum experience, with my daughter starting prep next month. I’m concerned about missing something she needs, I’m trying to have everything ready but when it’s new I’m not sure what everything is. Thanks for the reminder, now I wont miss labels!

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C Holmes January 10, 2017 - 9:22 PM

My morning routine is the thing that needs to be most organised for me. If that’s in total disarray so is my day and my kids. Holidays are fantastic but as they near the end and school is starting back I fear getting the time scheduled organised morning routines back on track. For my kids frame of mind at school an organised smooth morning us the key, but with a new born as well it is sometimes hard. ?

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Michelle DArcey January 10, 2017 - 9:39 PM

I need a chef, i need a P.A, I need a cleaner, i need another 4 sets of hands ’cause getting 6 children ready for school in the mornings and myself ready for work is going to be quite challenging this year as my youngest starts Prep. So off the top my head the biggest thing I have concerns about is providing the kids with a variety of wholesome, healthy food. Different ideas, recipes for slices or bars that aren’t too time consuming to make. My oldest 2 are the fussiest so you have your work cut out trying to help me out. Thanks Kat and I look forward to reading your advice.

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Susanne January 10, 2017 - 10:16 PM

Daily routines! I think without them the school work will be very chaotic. You’ve provided so many useful tips. Thank you so much. Bring on routine!

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Maioha January 10, 2017 - 11:33 PM

I am concerned with finding the will power to get myself out of bed and get them ready for the day.
I foresee that anything before 9am and after 3pm will slowly do my head in 🙂

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Marisa Fernandez January 11, 2017 - 8:36 AM

I have the good intentions when it comes to labeling but when i get on the net I find too many options and have the time you won’t know if they are any good until you have spend a gazillion on labels. And my disorganised, semi hoarder brain gets confused and they end up with me just writing on the items with a permanent marker which you find out is not permanent at all. To many options but not enough quailty is my brain’s problem when it comes to organising the kids.

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Kasey Evans January 11, 2017 - 9:31 AM

My concern is lunch ideas that the kids will actually each instead of moaning about getting boring sandwiches so I’ve started researching & getting ideas. And I’m going to try making homemade healthy snacks.

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Sophie January 11, 2017 - 1:40 PM

my concern is my children are growing up too quickly my oldest son is going into class 3 and my daughter starts preschool, it feels like i blinked and they have grown up. My kids don’t wear uniforms so choosing appropriate school wear and labelling it is always a mind boggler, i love the idea of letting my son and daughter decorate their labels, fantastic family holiday activity… even if we can’t use them all, they would be a lovely keepsake for their reminiscent mother.

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Karen January 11, 2017 - 4:23 PM

My oldest boy is about to enter high school. I am concerned about everything!!! In particular the organisation of books, homework and assignments. It is going to be a huge learning curb for both of us. I know that we will have to keep on top of everything so a simple but effective organisation system is essential. The label pack would certainly help with this area. With everything label correctly & clearly I hope it will be easier for my son to manage his new workload. Thank you.

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Racheal M January 11, 2017 - 4:55 PM

Organising the children to be organised is always the biggest hassle in my home. They come home drop things everywhere and anywhere and are always wanting me to find their stuff. Everything has a place and hopefully this year they will improve. I use to hate losing clothing / uniform items but started labeling them inside the sleeve near the cuff as well as at the back and now tend to get everything back. I can never have enough labels as these kids keep growing out of their uniforms and needing new ones.

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Davina January 11, 2017 - 9:25 PM

labeling his clothes. My 7 year old has a bad habit of loosing his jumper and we never get it back. his drink bottle is another one we really need to label!

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Jane January 11, 2017 - 9:56 PM

My biggest challenge is purchasing and organising all the back-to-school needs on a budget. With three little people to outfit and arrange, each year the list of stationery, labels, lunch boxes, uniforms etc seems to grow longer and the price increases certainly hit hard at this time of year. We try to stay organised, but it’s a time consuming process to find the best options for our back-to-school needs at the best price. It’s very easy to spend more than you intended on products that really aren’t worth it and won’t last the distance.

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Sue-Ellen January 12, 2017 - 8:01 AM

I always worry about the budget. With Christmas, holidays and back to school so close, I am always looking for practical, cost-effective ideas so I can get what the kids need without breaking the bank.

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Rachael Hasluck January 12, 2017 - 8:14 AM

Our school is introducing new uniforms and bags this year (which is costing us a small fortune!) My main concern is labelling it all so that my 4 kids (13,10,8 & 4yrs) don’t loose the new stuff!!

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Nicole Burt January 12, 2017 - 8:16 AM

I’ve got 3 in school this year with twins starting prep and an older child in grade 3! My main area of concern is uniforms. I’ve labelled everything! but I hope we remember what belongs to whom. My biggest conundrum is socks. Not just loosing one in the wash but whose is whose as they are all so close in size.

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Tara Randall January 12, 2017 - 8:19 AM

My main concern is trying to get everything organised in time for back to school. We just purchased a new house so we are moving and unpacking over the next two weeks right up to school starting…. eek! ?

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Lucy Trevaskis January 12, 2017 - 8:26 AM

Mine is lunch boxes, school activities and after school activities. I work 4 days a week, 2 kids are at school, 1 is at daycare, the 2 older kids have something on 4 out of the 5 days after school, whether it be guides, cubs, sport and music. I am not organised and get overwhelmed with it all. I have one calendar that I want my kids to also take responsibility for what they need to take each day!

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Samantha Amos January 12, 2017 - 8:28 AM

I am a pretty organised sort of person. I need to concentrate on getting my kids back into some sort of routine for school. In the school holidays we are quite relaxed on bed times, etc. Which is nice for a break but hard to get my two kids back into the swing for school. I could not agree more that labelling is the key to not losing school stuff. My daughter is good at not losing things but my son on the other hand loses stuff all the time.

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Anita January 12, 2017 - 8:34 AM

Labelling is my greatest concern especially on clothing. I have two at High School and nothing ever comes back if lost. The school is so big and their isnt a lost property box as such. At least my sons Primary School has one and I can find them. So labelling is vital that is stays on so it MAY come back.

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Stacie January 12, 2017 - 8:37 AM

I am trying to get my kiddies into routines, so that they themselves can know what is next on the list to do, rather than me asking them 50 billion times, do this do that- remember this and get that for today. Im looking for an easy way to label charts for them individually and this looks perfect. Something cost effective- you can still make look pretty or boyish and this just gets me really excited and WANT to be organised! Thank you so much for all you do, you truely are a magnificent woman helping so many!

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Tamara January 12, 2017 - 8:44 AM

My concern is organizing healthy and nutritious lunch box meals. Which will ACTUALLY get eaten! I find I resort to honey or vegemite sandwiches as at least they get consumed at school. I look forward to revisiting your website so get more ideas

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Martine Stockwell January 12, 2017 - 8:44 AM

Oh where to start? Getting everyone up in time and fed and dressed is always a challenge but my biggest struggle is always with lunches – “I can’t have that mum it smells”, “mum no-one takes a banana to high school” “mum I’m bored of my lunches”. Two boys 9 & 12 – being organised with lunches is easily the toughest part for me.

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Rebecca Pryde January 12, 2017 - 8:57 AM

Hi! I’m getting more worried as the days tick by! I’ve been desperately thinking of how I can reliably and easily label my 8yr olds lunch, as she is diabetic, and needs to know how many carbs in EVERYTHING she eats! Also she has a bag that will go with her with special medical ‘stuff’ in it, and having that labelled properly is ESSENTIAL. 🙂 I remember using the Avery labels for work and they were always the best, so I’m confident that they will be the best brand for what I need. 🙂

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Cayley January 12, 2017 - 9:10 AM

Getting to the bus stop on time! Packing lunches – oh how I hate packing lunches… so I looked at your freezable recipes and lunch box ideas/recipes and I am much less daunted by the task now. Goal for 2017 – be more organised so we don’t miss the bus and have to do the 15km drive to school. ?

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Joanne Aitken January 12, 2017 - 9:26 AM

I have 4 kids that range from 7 to 1,
The problem we have is with getting things
done!
We get up every morning and we always run
late,
There is chaos and confusion which I really
really hate!
So what I would love – and what we really
need to do,
Is follow a routine that’s been created by you!
A great morning checklist, so we don’t run
late,
And that in turn will start our day off GREAT!!!

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Jodie Turley January 12, 2017 - 9:39 AM

I am a work from home Mum doing Family Day Care. I have my two heading into year 5 and year 3. My most concern for this year is the morning routine getting my two ready for school with breakfast and lunches while having children arrive for my work.

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Mandy January 12, 2017 - 10:04 AM

I have a toddler going to day care and I am concerned with what food I should be sending for the day. I have to be aware of what is healthy v’s having a fussy eater v’s what is considered reasonable for day care. I struggle with this as his tastes change and everything has to be portable in his lunch bag for a full day.

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Sarah January 12, 2017 - 10:28 AM

labeling clothes and food/drink containers – I don’t iron so used to love the stick on name label(they held up to the washing) but I haven’t been able to find any over the last few year so resorted to writing on the labels of the cloths. Will be trying these out

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Janette Genner January 12, 2017 - 10:30 AM

My younger Son is also off to high school this year. He is an easy come easy go child – I am worried about him keeping all his stuff together at school. I am finding it hard to find him a big durable backpack to put all of his books and PE gear together in one place. I hate to think how many PE uniforms he might loose – I will definately be getting those avery labels for clothing – they just might be a godsend to this family…

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Sarah January 12, 2017 - 11:17 AM

With my eldest startimg school my main area of worry is about making the transition as easy as possible, To take away the fear of change with the help of showing him the excitement of his new school, new friends and helping with understanding his morning and night routine – labels, picture boards and chart help us immensely. It’s exciting and daunting all rolled into one!

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karen January 12, 2017 - 11:36 AM

My child is older, in year ten;
You’d think the drama would stop by then.
But no, I’m sorry, there’s no relief,
From what gets lost to the imaginary thief.
She left it there, she knows she did,
But now that thing has gone and hid.
The book, the pen, the lunch box too,
They all are taken – but by who?
This hat isn’t mine and nor is this,
He’s got my charger and it isn’t his.
Arghhh, if only we had labelled it,
How easy life would be.
But wait here is the very product,
That every parent needs;
A fantastic labelling kit
And it’s made by Avery!

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Bec January 12, 2017 - 12:16 PM

Organising the schedule for the new school year is my greatest concern! Is it best to choose balance? Or let them fully pursuit their passions? Is it ok to schedule afternoons at home just to be with younger sibilings? How much is too much? Where do you draw the line?

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Amanda B January 12, 2017 - 12:51 PM

It is hard enough getting out the door in the morning to school drop off then work but I will have a baby in April to contend with also so we will really need to get organised the night before and be more calm, less stressed and more organised the morning times. Eeeeeeek!

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Teena January 12, 2017 - 1:02 PM

My eldest is going into Grade 8 this year so she has different teachers for each subject and no home room. Trying to keep her schedule and make sure she has the right books with her is going to be important as she is pretty forgetful!

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AH January 12, 2017 - 1:20 PM

While I think preparing for school is important the main concern I have is having unstructured time just being with the kids and seeing what happens, while organisation is critical – so is the ability for the kids to experience free time when there are no demands on them

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Livy January 12, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Labelling kids lunch boxes was on my MIND
As a permanent label is hard to FIND
But now I’ve just read your post I know exactly what to DO
Avery labels will help keep lunchboxes safe all year THROUGH.

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Roxanne January 12, 2017 - 3:00 PM

This year will be our first year at big school. I work full time so time is never enough… My main concern is in regards to organizing our morning routine so we get to school on time and without him feeling the effects of a hectic morning and stressed mummy.

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Jo January 12, 2017 - 3:00 PM

My main area of concern looking forward to this year with 2 at school and 2 at kindy is that the right things go into the right bags. My fourteen year old boy would be horrified to find his little sisters frozen themed lunch box in his bag!

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Michelle Gleeson January 12, 2017 - 3:39 PM

It would have to be labels for clothes and lunch boxes. I work at my daughters School and also have the job of returning items to students who have items in lost property. I have to practice what I preach so to speak. I would love to try them so I could recommend them to other families at School. Thank you

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Susie January 12, 2017 - 3:42 PM

Getting my messy kid organized. She’s the sort who just peels off clothes and leaves them where they land, dumps school bag and leaves it where it lands; gets out or doesn’t get out homework/library books and forgets where they are… None of the rest of us are messy so it does my head in!

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Charlotte January 12, 2017 - 3:57 PM

My goals this year is to organise a homework area. I have one in year 11 so I think it is really important for him to have a great study area and to have a time slot for each of my 3 children so I don’t go crazy with all the mum, mum every 2 min. Also to organise lunches, healthy options and to bake some more and freeze so it saves time.
I love your daily emails it really makes me more motivated about getting organised.
Thanks

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Charl L. January 12, 2017 - 4:37 PM

Getting back into a routine after such a long holiday break! Also covering and labelling all the back to school stuff! This pack looks awesome!

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Kirstin Trehan January 12, 2017 - 4:55 PM

My main concern is school lumches, my daughter doesn’t like to eat sandwiches so I’m having trouble with alternatives for her

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Kirsten January 12, 2017 - 4:56 PM

My oldest son is just starting Kindy this year. So this is all new for me. I want to make sure we set up good morning routines that enable us to get to school on time and keep our home to be peaceful and calm as we prepare for the day. I think getting healthy lunches and everything ready in time for school drop off is going to be a challenge. It’s exciting and scary all in one. I’ve been thinking about how we’ll go about labelling but there are so many options it’s hard to know what will work best. All the school prep is a little overwhelming first time round.

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Fiona January 12, 2017 - 6:03 PM

We are just starting potty training at daycare AND have a new meal time system and I have to label clothes, containers hats eeek!

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Melissa January 12, 2017 - 6:22 PM

Having had a doctor recently tell me I’m obese (which I kind of already knew anyways), I’ve been on a major health kick. I work in education and have had the school holidays at home with my kids. Being healthy has proved to be rather simple, while I’m at home, I am most concerned about being organised enough in the kitchen to maintain these healthy habits once school returns. I want so badly to succeed at this, so I have to organise my time more effectively this year.

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Melissa Rose January 12, 2017 - 6:56 PM

I have been using pre printed clothing labels for my kids at pre school, they are terrible! It took so long to iron them all on, only to find out they fade & peel off!! I think these labels are fantastic & will certainly be trying these. Its daunting seeing how much more needs to be labeled for school. Thanks so much for your blog, it will mean I don’t miss anything

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Teah Price January 12, 2017 - 7:01 PM

It is actually labeling! Pencils and crayons in particular- I have no idea where to even start! Do I scrape down and write on the wood, just write in permanent marker or use stick on labels?

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Andrea Walsh January 12, 2017 - 7:29 PM

Just making sue that I have EVERYTHING organised for school EVERYDAY….uniforms, lunches, books, bags, after school care, library, sports days etc – the list just goes on and on ! and with 5 kids at school this year it’s a scary scary thought 🙁

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Holly January 12, 2017 - 9:35 PM

Back to school and the two areas I find most challenging are labelling and meal planning. What to label (is it ridiculous to label the plastic counters?), how to label (write on it, use stickers?). Picky/won’t try anything new eaters same old boring lunches. Working more days and finding motivation for planning dinners hard work.

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Tracey January 12, 2017 - 9:52 PM

This year will bring an exciting time my oldest starts kindergarten along with his younger brother starting preschool. The area I’m concerned about is organizing and getting them into a routine of setting up a school station. I want to make their morning routine a breeze.. no rushing around at the last minute trying to find a bag, hat etc. Labellibg boxes to put their school bags, placing any school letters in a central area and labelling all their school.items to make it easier in both the mornings and afternoons. Would love some ideas on how to effectively out this in place and start the school year off with a well rounded routine.

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Emma January 12, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Organising the after school routine is my biggest challenge!
Homework, activities and dinner all falling within a few hours really stretches me!

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Karina Turner January 12, 2017 - 10:21 PM

With my 2nd child starting school this year I am concerned about being organised enough each morning to pack 2 lunchboxes with a variety of options that they will both love.

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Gina Laub January 13, 2017 - 1:14 AM

I am most concerned with keeping my kids organized for school with a homework station , place to keep their papers all organized, including keepsakes and important papers i need to fill out/ return/ info to remember/ take action to do ect. Also a place to keeptheir back packs.

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Julie Collins January 13, 2017 - 1:27 AM

Meal planning and lunch box planning is my biggest worry! I’m just not organised enough as much as I try to be!!??! ???

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Shelley van Eldik January 13, 2017 - 2:47 PM

I have 3 children all at different schools. My main concern is labelling all their school clothes and keeping all the notices / events calendars up to date!

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Michelle Williams January 14, 2017 - 2:51 PM

My kids homework station always seems to get out of control, it needs to be well labelled so the kids can easily pack away there stationery when homework is complete.

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Aussie Mum January 20, 2017 - 11:57 AM

I have three primary school age boys. My main concern is trying to teach them to put things back in their bag after they use it at school so we don’t have to visit the lost property every week to retreive hats, jumpers, lunch boxes etc! We try and label everything but looking after personal property is a work in progress

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