The holidays are drawing to a close and as I sit here writing this post, my kids seem oblivious to the impending routine that begins at 7.30am tomorrow; the return to school.
Right now the kids are wearing their pyjamas at 11.30am with no intention of getting dressed whatsoever and little regard for the time of day. Every computer is taken up with gaming and the television is running hot from the Playstation. It's only me who is thinking on the morning to come and the list of tasks as long as my arm.
That's what Mums are for.
Today will be taken up with the following list of to-do's and I seem to find myself doing these same things every Sunday before school heads back. I thought I would share my list here so that I might refer to it well into the future. Maybe it will serve as a reminder to you too, if you have children at day care, kinder or school:
Do the washing. Make sure all of the school uniforms are clean, dry and ready for wear.
Find the school uniforms. Locate everyone's items and stack them into piles and leave them prepared in an easy to find place for the morning to come, right down to socks and underwear.
Ruben won't forget his underpants if they are placed on his head on school mornings!
Clean out school bags if you haven't already done this on their last school day. Check all of the pockets for nasties like old lunch items, soggy papers etc. (One time my eldest daughter left a boiled egg in her bag - horrid!)
Do you need to bake something for lunchboxes? Make sure you have done enough shopping to get you through the first few days of the first week back at least, to take some of the pressure off. Grab muesli bars, fruits and other healthy treats for easy mornings, at the shops.
Get out everyone's lunchboxes and drink bottles - have them ready for action. Now is also a good time to check these items are in good order too. You can grab new lunchboxes easily at your local store or buy some beautiful ones online. (Make sure you do a coupon code search on a site such as Flipit before you purchase to save some dollars!)
Check your planner. Do you know what is on for the first and second weeks of term? Things you wrote in some time ago may have been forgotten during the holidays and you don't want unplanned surprises at 7am on a Monday morning.
Make sure your car is organised. Did you go away on the holidays? Is your car still full of luggage, bikes or takeout? Make things smooth for the first day back by cleaning it up and checking everyone's car seats are in order. (And that seatbelts are not trapped under seats.)
Finalise your school notices. Does a child have a camp or excursion notice that is overdue? Do you have payments for school items or events to organise urgently in preparation for the week?
Who has homework?!
Are all your kids items labelled? Check your children's jumpers and other items to make sure they are actually yours and labelled to keep them that way. (See here to purchase your labels and school gear if you are in need.)
Get the kids cleaning! My house looks like a bomb has dropped over the holidays. I clean it constantly but the kids are a force when it comes to destruction and mess. Time to rope in the helpers on a Sunday afternoon. I offer up a prize (chocolate goes down well), in exchange for the best cleaning effort. Have them tidy the lounge, pick up their toys from under sofas, tables etc. and return them to their rooms. My kids regularly vacuum, wipe, sort and put their own washing away in their drawers and unpack the dishwasher. (For the record, they are usually all winners of the chocolate prize but I would never admit that in front of them :D.)
There is always so much to do when the kids have returned to school in terms of heavy duty cleaning and there's nothing better than getting the kids to take some of that responsibility off your shoulders.
What steps do you take before school term begins or a weekend ends?
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