Friday, 4 September 2015

Back to school top ten checklist

As our summer holidays come to a close and I get our son ready to go back to school next week, I definitely need some inspiration to get organised.

I bought most of his uniform at the start of the summer (I love M&S trousers and buy him school branded T Shirts), but the rest of my organisation skills leave something to be desired!  The very helpful people at The Fort shopping park in Birmingham sent me the following checklist which I hope you find as useful as me:

1. Uniform - be sure to label your child’s clothes to prevent them from being lost.  I always use a Sharpie to label our son's clothes which seems to last wash after wash.

2. Sizing - I always buy the biggest size clothes I can get away with, so they last as long as possible.

3. Jumpers – if possible, buy two so you can wash one/wear one.  I actually have three because they get grubby so quickly!

4. Shoes – Clarks and Brantano both offer a great kids fitting service at The Fort. Although our son has just learned to do his laces, he has velcro school shoes which are easier to do up quickly.  These Air Junior shoes were from Clarks at The Fort:

5. Socks – buy a pack of five or seven so you have one for each day (at least) allowing for more economical washing loads.

6. Coat – coats can be expensive, save money by going for a transitional option that is suitable whatever the weather, come rain or shine!  Our son has a waterproof with removable inner fleece for exactly this reason.  It suits all weathers.

7. Bag/rucksack – check it will be big enough to hold everything your child will need.  If your school has a branded book bag like our son's, make sure it's labeled.

8. Lunch box – if you're not having school dinners, let your child choose – it’s always an exciting part of the ‘back to school’ preparation.

9. Stationery – cut costs by taking advantage of multi-buy offers, WHSmith is offering 3 for 2 on selected stationery lines at the moment.  A good excuse to stock up my stationery stash too!  I love this pencil case from WHSmith, our son loves Mr Men!.

10. Homework – make sure you have a quiet and comfortable space prepared where your child can happily get on with their homework after school.  Our dining room table doubles up as a reading and homework space.

Are you ready for your kids to go back to school?

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