It’s Back to School time and we have 10 great back to school hacks to simplify and organise the family chaos:
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#1. Easy Shoe Tips
Put stickers into your young child’s shoes to show them left foot and right foot. This way they can put their shoes on the correct foot by themselves. For older kids make sure to always label their shoes as many school shoes look very similar so if they end up taking shoes off in school, it’s much better they come home with their own shoes!
#2. Non Drip Ice Pack
A frozen, saturated sponge in a ziploc bag makes an ice pack that won’t drip all over when it melts
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#3. Handy Toothbrush Storage
Keep toothbrushes downstairs in the kitchen in a drawer with an organiser so they are on hand for busy mornings and brushing teeth doesn’t cause delays.
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#4. Storing Hair Elastics
Keep hair elastics organised on a carabiner clip making them easy to access on busy school mornings.
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#5. Preventing Head Lice
Spray hair with a tea tree solution before you leave the house to help prevent head lice.
#6. Stop Apples Going Brown
Keep a cut apple from going brown by wrapping a rubber band around the cut apple to hold the pieces tightly together.
#7. Make a space for storing School Bags
Create a space in your hallway to hang schoolbags up. You could add a name label to each one so everyone knows where their space is.
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#8. Have the Uniform in one place
Put school uniform in one place, e.g. use a storage cube and encourage children to fold and return their uniform to this space after each wear.
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#9. Have Homework Supplies Handy
Save time searching for supplies at homework time by having a homework supply kit that you can pull out. Fill it with pens, pencils, erasers, spare copies, scissors, glue, colouring pencils etc. so you don’t have to search for items that may have been left at school.
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#10. Easier Pencil Holding
If your child is having trouble holding their pencil, twist a rubber band around pencil and put it on the student’s wrist (not too tight!!)
Over to you now! Add your hacks in the comments below!