Back to School: Get Your Home Ready with These 4 Tips

23rd August 2018

Back to School: Get Your Home Ready with These 4 Tips

Those six weeks just fly by don't they? When you're an adult, of course. As a kid, there was nothing longer in the world than the summer holidays. Six long weeks of playing in the park, staying up a bit later and having sleepovers on a Wednesday - pure bliss. But you're probably glad it's come to an end now, right? Whilst the kids are excited for the back to school stationery shop, you're likely to be wondering how to get them back into the routine. We've rounded up four of our favourite organisation tips for making sure your home is ready for the new school term.

1. Create an inventory

We all love lists. Lists are great - especially when you feel like there's just too much to think about. Create an inventory of what your children already have. Anything that's broken, beyond repair or ill-fitting, chuck it out. You'll feel so much better already. Now, you can make a list of what they've already got and what they'll be able to use this term. Then, make a list of what you need to buy. No more running around Next like a headless chicken! Here's a list to help you get started with what the kids might need for school - customise to suit their age range:

  • Rucksack or backpack suitable for school
  • Pencil case
  • Pencils and pens
  • Pencil sharpener and eraser
  • Lunchbox/lunch bag
  • Plastic folders
  • Notebook
  • Calculator
  • Ring-binders and hole-punch
  • Scissors and glue stick
  • Highlighters
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Clean, fitting uniform
  • Waterproof coat
  • Suitable shoes
  • PE kit and trainers
  • PE bag
  • Hat and gloves for winter
  • Wellies for school trips
  • Swimming kit

Now, that the kids are sorted, what about you? What do you need to do in order to be prepared for the mad September rush?

2. Get organised from the start

Invest in a suitable calendar for the back to school routine. It might also be handy to get a pin-board where notes and important letters can be pinned up. Place these organisation tools somewhere that everyone will see them like the kitchen. Make a note of ongoing activities that you'll want to remember e.g. after-school clubs and swimming days. Do this as soon as you have everyone's timetables so you can stay organised for the rest of the year! Also, think about where the kids are going to be doing their homework. As they're moving up a year, they might be getting more, especially if they're starting their GCSEs. Dedicate a 'homework zone' or 'study zone' and let everyone know where it is. If possible, avoid the dining room table. This may have worked in earlier years but the kids will definitely benefit from a proper desk area somewhere more private.

3. Install more storage

We all know that with a new school year comes more stuff. Letters, bags, coats, shoes, books... everything. And we don't want to see it scattered all around the house. Rethink your storage solutions and consider putting up extra pegs for school bags, along with dedicated drawers or cupboards for the homework and books. If the kids are going to be joining in more sports or activities this year, it's worth having a specific spot to put their kit - make sure it's clearly labelled and never used for anything else. That way, your house stays tidy and nothing gets lost come football practice on Thursday. If you think more shelves might be beneficial, install them now. Don't wait for the first week to go by because trust us, you'll leave it until the next week... then the next...

4. Prep and clean the house

Lastly, it's important to start the new term with a clean slate. Get everyone involved in giving the house a good old deep clean. Chuck out any old school uniform or books (as we mentioned earlier) and make space for the new things. Once the kids have gone back to school, they'll make excuses like being too busy with homework! So, take advantage of this last stretch of precious summer holidays. While you're at it, prep lunches by stocking up on non-perishables for the cupboard and containers to keep things in the fridge. Get into a routine sooner rather than later and establish what kinds of things will be going in lunchboxes every day.

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