Jobs I do over the school holidays

Yippee, I am jumping up and down with excitement…..after 12 very long weeks the kids are finally on school holidays. What does this mean for me? Sleep in’s, lazing in PJ’s as long as I desire (my daughters like to make this an all day event when we are home for the day), not having to make school lunches, loads of baking with the kids, extra time to make delicious dinners, Easter crafts, hopefully some scrapbooking and lots of fun in the sunshine!!!

But…during the holiday’s I like to do the following to be prepared for the first day back in Term 2:

  • Vacuum out school bags with the brush attachment
  • Give school bags a wipe down with liquid detergent and warm water, hang on the line to dry
  • Give insulated lunch bags a wipe down, brush through the zipper area to get all the trapped food, allow to dry
  • Give the ice bricks a good wash
  • Wash shoes with a damp cloth, allow to dry, sprinkle with bicarb to remove any smells and polish
  • Soak their school socks (they are white) in nappy san for a day and wash, this will get them back to a crisp white removing alot of dirt that doesn’t come out in the normal wash
  • Mend uniforms.
  • Tidy up their hair tie’s, see organising hairties HERE
  • Tidy up the homework area, see organising school papers HERE
  • Try and use up as much pantry food as I can
  • Get out their winter uniforms and clothes from the top of the wardrobe


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Rebekah April 15, 2011 - 6:52 AM

This my boy’s first ever holidays, so its an exciting event for him and me!
I wash his lunch bag once a week, as 4yr old’s make a heck of a lot of mess every week – I couldn’t leave this!
He finished yesterday and I soaked his school shirts, sock and his white sneakers over night and they are in the machine now. I’m cleaning his school bag as well.
Our plans don’t include sleep in’s, as the 2 yr old is an early riser. But PJ’s is the clothing of choice!!
Very happy to have my big boy home and spend some quality time with him!

Mama Currie April 15, 2011 - 10:17 AM

Hi Katrina
I also have a list of jobs I like to complete in the holidays. With the childrens lunch boxes & school bags I put them in the washing machine on a gentle cycle they come out like new.
Enjoy your time with your children

Vicky Moran April 16, 2011 - 12:41 PM

We don’t yet have school holidays in this home! Ours will start next year when our first born begins school.

I just wanted to say though that I actually use Napisan in every wash for the whites & light coloured clothing and for the coloured clothing washing. I have a nappy bucket in which I soak all Missys bibs and face clothes used. This is emptied once – twice a week, depending on how many are soaking.

As our preschool only allows plastic lunch boxes ( not the insulated bags), our lunch boxes are just put through the dishwasher.

Anyways, I hope I remember what you do during your school hols so that next year I can do something similiar!!! Some really great ideas Katrina.

Thanks heaps!!!! 🙂

Ann Niddrie April 28, 2011 - 8:51 PM

Wow, Big school sounds like a lot of work! I am glad a few years to go yet with the munchkin..


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