I’ve shared my Back to School hacks over the years, even presenting them on ITV’s Good Morning Britain but you can never have too many tips and reminders right and I’ve got some new hacks here for you too (you’re welcome 😉 ).
As always, I’d love to hear yours too so please share away in the comments.
I literally cannot believe the new school year is almost here.
MY BACK TO SCHOOL HACKS:
Lay out uniform and your own clothes, from the night before to save energy and time and if your child is starting school for the first time this September, practice the school-run, setting an alarm the night before and testing the routes, taking into account that the roads/ pavements will be busier once everyone is back. Label everything too, and I would buy more uniform than you’ll need to save on panic washing. Three for the price of one hack there (a bit like the offers you’ll find on uniform).
BUY SCHOOL SHOES AND TRAINERS AT THE LAST MINUTE
Don’t buy shoes at the start of the summer as kids tend to have growth spurts during the holidays. Look for deals and buy in discount stores like Sports Direct.
TEABAGS KEEP TRAINERS FRESH
Add a teabag into smelly trainers to absorb sweaty smells. They also help prevent long term odours too. I like to use Earl Grey or Lemon.
BUY NON-IRON UNIFORM
Save time buying uniform that doesn’t require ironing. Lots of supermarkets stock those items and they really do save you time.
SAVE TIME WITH EASY BREAKFASTS
Batch make pancakes or healthy breakfast bars or biscuits (my kids love these flapjacks) and keep them stored away or in the freezer for quick breakfasts or brekkie on the go! Pre-made smoothies are a healthy alternative too (add oats to provide slow releasing energy) and work well with children who don’t always feel hungry in the morning like my eldest son. They are great for after-school healthy treats too.
PREPARE LUNCHBOXES FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE
Make everything bar the sandwich (as no one likes a soggy sandwich) the night before and pop a frozen ice pack to keep lunch/ snacks cold.
GET ‘FRONT DOOR’ READY
I leave school bags, coats, sports kits, homework and anything else my kids might need for school, by the front door from the night before so nothing (usually) gets forgotten.
Those are my top hacks, what are yours?
I’ve also shared my Home Hacks as seen on ITV’s Lorraine if you fancy a peek.