It’s been nearly a week since the girls broke up from school for their summer holidays, and I feel like I’m swearing when I start talking about getting ready to go back to school. But in my typical style, I am already thinking about what I need to do to get ready for their return in 5 weeks.
Which is why I thought throughout the summer I would write a little series about what I am doing to get the girls ready for school. And if you want, you can join me in my journey. The plan is that this will hopefully reduce the mad rush and that ‘oh shhhhuger’ moment around those last few days before school.
So what have I been up to this week:
- First thing I did was grab my phone so I could start writing a list of what I need to buy/replace as I go through everything.
- I then emptied school bags – Both of my girls bags looked like they had been dragged to and from school for a whole term on the ground, so they were put straight in the bin, and added to my school shopping list. This is what I found in my youngest’s bag, she is a little hoarder!
- Next I checked lunch boxes and water bottles – The girl’s ones are looking OK and should survive at least another term or two. Do yours need changing? If so add to your list now if you need new ones.
- Now I had the contents of the girls bags on the breakfast bar I sorted out the paperwork. We had two party invites which I have checked dates, added to the calendar and responded to say that we can go.
- Now onto the washing. I emptied the PE bags and washed everything. I also washed all the uniform.
- When all the uniform was washed I set about having a mini fashion show with the girls so I could see what still fitted and what didn’t. Again I added to the list anything that looked too small. Don’t forget all the accessories that go with uniforms.
So, what uniform, PE kit and other bits and bobs should you have? If your little one is about to start school you are normally provided with a list of what you need but I thought I would put together a list to show how much of everything I get that normally lasts one of my girls a week, and doesn’t involve me having to wash for extras:
- Pinafore x 2
- Skirt x 2
- Polo Shirt x 4
- Cardigan x 2 (if still in Foundation/Year 1 maybe have an extra one, they do a lot of painting, glueing and general messiness!)
- Summer dresses x 3 (my girls tend to wear these for the beginning of the new term as it is still quite warm)
- Socks x 5 pairs
- Tights x 5 pairs – because you can guarantee that they will want tights when all you have left is socks!!
- School shoes
- PE shorts
- PE T-Shirt
- PE socks
- Plimsols (for indoors)
- Trainers (for outdoors)
- And if you have girls, how are their hair bands and headbands? If like me, the whole bunch of uniform co-ordinated hair accessories you brought in May have all disappeared, been lost or are broken!
The last two things I have done is check that I have enough labels to iron onto new uniform and stick into shoes, onto bags and lunch boxes etc. I have ordered some extras so I will hopefully have them this week. I get mine from Easy2Name as I love their school shoe labels (they have never come off!). Their starter pack is great, it includes iron on labels, stickers and their shoe cover stickers. You can also choose the colour of your stickers and labels. I have a different colour for each of my girls so when I’m putting their uniform away I can quickly tell what belongs to who. There are a lot of labels in the pack and the starter pack lasted me a good couple of years. It costs £11.95 and you can find it here – Iron on Starter Pack.
I have also booked the girls into the hair dressers just before they start school. Just for a little trim and tidy up after they have been running feral on the beach all summer.
Phew, and I am done! I now have a list of what I need to buy. Having the list on my phone means that if I am out and about and spot a sale or discount, I can start chipping away at what I need.
How are you doing getting ready for back to school? See you next week with my next update.
Lets get organised.
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