If you’re a parent, you might be looking forward to the start of school with some joyful expectation – or trepidation! Either way, it’s time to look at your home as it’s evolved during the summer hols, and reconsider it in terms of efficiency for the school days. Ready? Go!
Organisation is key in making school a success – especially in the mornings. Having pack-ups ready to go and book-bags by the door to be picked up and carried along is important as it cuts down hugely on time spent getting everything together in the morning, and on stress when the clock is ticking away.
The best way to sort this out is by having your child double-check everything in the evening; is your book-bag by the door? Is your dinner in the refrigerator? It may make it more fun if you leave something out of the pack-up and let your child pick before bed; an apple or a banana? Zip up the pack-up and you’re ready!
Remember that you want to be prepared for pack-ups, too. Go out before the first day of school and buy multi-packs of snacks and healthy toppings for sandwiches.
The more prepared you are, the easier it will be to get the lunch ready. I like to rinse out the box and bag when my little one comes in from school, leave them to drip-dry and get on with my day. As I cook tea, I take some time out to prepare a sandwich and stick everything in the lunch-bag. Done!
The easiest way to make sure you keep all the school supplies in one place is by designating an area the school area. A desk is ideal for homework, of course, but not everyone has room in their child’s bedroom to add a desk and, in any case, it can be hard to keep an eye on your child while they’re doing their homework and making sure they aren’t getting distracted.
It can be a lot easier to have your child do their homework at the kitchen or dining room table. If you can free up a shelf to give your child some space for their school supplies, you can easily keep their homework, school letters, and some pencils or pens to hand without cluttering up your home.
Finally, when you’re going through school clothes to determine what still fits and what doesn’t, don’t forget to pay attention to the PE kit. Many people forget to check, and children end up wearing the same PE kit long after they’ve grown out of it. Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be checking it for size, so be sure you pre-empt this problem!
The start of a new school year is a fun and happy time, even if you know you’ll miss your children when they go back… By being organised and gearing your home towards helping you make it easy to remember everything, you can make it simple, too!