School days: Ways to make Mum’s life easier!

With September fast approaching, and the fact I will have four children in school and pre-school, I’m always on the look out for ways to make our school days a little easier. Although we live just a stones throw from the school, every morning without fail we find ourselves racing against the clock to make it to the school gates before they close. As I run down the road each morning, school bags, lunch boxes and coats flying, I envy those Mum’s who appear to have it all together, their children impeccably dressed, strolling along safe in the knowledge that they have this under control. Me? Not so much.

So I decided to ask a group of parenting bloggers for their best tips on how to make life easier when your children are at school, and fingers crossed, I can put some of these tips into practice!

Buy a set of uniforms for every day and hang them each up on individual hangers so it’s all ready to go with no manic rushing around pulling things out of the laundry! ~ Lauren

A basket full of socks. We are always scrambling for pairs of socks, so we now keep a basket of clean socks next to the box of shoes. ~ Debbie

Top tip from a teacher – name everything, even (especially) shoes. If it’s named, 99% of the time it will find its way back to you. Use a sharpie marker to write your surname on the label. That way, you can pass things down to siblings without your son having to have his sister’s name inside all of his polo shirts. ~ Julie

I’m still trying to figure this out, but definitely do as much as you can the night before, no matter how tired you are because it’s always harder in the morning. We recently put coat hooks at children’s height by the front door where their shoes, coats and school bags belong at all times. Any responsibility you can shift to them is a win, no matter how small.  ~ Alice

Have a laminated chart and Velcro stick-in tasks to help younger children with their routine. They can attach each task as they do it and this helps with independence and mum also knows what tasks have been done. ~ Renee

We have a ‘family’ email account that we both sync email and the calendar to our smart phones. Then we add all events, clubs and PE days, and set reminders so we both know what’s happening! ~ Hannah

We have a Stamptastic stamp with each of their names on – you can stamp it straight onto clothes, shoes, books – pretty much anything. So much easier than sewing name labels on! ~ Natalie

Be prepared for every eventuality – rain, sun or snow! There’s nothing worse than tearing the house to bits for sun cream, an umbrella or their gloves and hats. ~ Tracy

I have never ironed clothes – ever! My tumble dryer does the job for me. As for marks on uniform, I scrub fairy liquid on the mark and then put it in the wash. ~ Beth

With these tips in mind I’m hoping that when September rolls around I will be a little more prepared, a lot more organised, my children looking impeccable……..and my sanity intact!!



*** This is a collaborative post ***




  1. July 9, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    My daughter isn’t in school until next year but there are some really good tips here that I will try to remember for then. I especially like the idea of getting a different uniform for each day and hanging them up. Every day without fail I rush to get my daughter to nursery on time – she is late most days! It doesn’t matter so much at the moment but I know I will have to get myself more organised for next year. These tips will really help x

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 11:31 am

      I’m the same, I’m determined that we will be on time each morning! Fingers crossed! xx

  2. July 9, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    My eldest starts preschool in August so early days for me. I sense having all the clothes and shoes ready will be a game changer!

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 11:10 am

      Definitely! Sunday nights are manic in our house! xx

  3. Sonia
    July 9, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    Oh have to agree with having a uniform for each day. It makes life so much easier x

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 11:08 am

      I didn’t do that with Eva this year, I thought she would be okay with just three pinafores…how wrong I was!! xx

  4. July 10, 2017 / 4:49 am

    Some great tips here. Labelling everything is so important as so many children have the same things in the same size.

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 11:02 am

      Absolutely, with 30 children in a class things are easily lost!

  5. July 10, 2017 / 9:11 am

    Still not sure I could get mine up and out the door so early every day, they don’t wake up till 8-9am! Thank goodness for home ed!!

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 11:01 am

      Haha yes you’re very lucky in that respect! Getting 4 up and out for 8.45 is hard going! xx

  6. July 10, 2017 / 9:29 am

    Love Hannah’s suggestion of a family email and calendar that you can sync across all smartphones in the family. Very tech savvy x

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 11:01 am

      Yes I think I will do this one too, my husband remains clueless about the contents of my diary! xx

  7. July 10, 2017 / 9:40 am

    I love the routine chart idea – we have been doing this since our eldest was 2 as he always wants to know what’s happening. He starts school in September too – it’s great that he knows his routine and can help reduce stress when he joins in 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 10:59 am

      I think we will do the same, it’s a great idea! Good luck to your little one starting school, nerve wracking times! xx

  8. July 10, 2017 / 10:12 am

    Fab answers. I love the basket of socks. If I had more than one child, this will definitely make life so much easier 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 10:59 am

      I have never done this and literally scramble around for matching socks each morning, I am totally going to try it! xx

  9. July 10, 2017 / 10:29 am

    Great tips, I agree with the “name everything” tip… in fact I think some adults should do that …. ?

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 10:59 am

      Haha me too!! I think I need to start naming every sock, my eldest sons and my husbands socks are now so similar in size!

  10. July 10, 2017 / 11:26 am

    Eek! With my daughter starting reception in September I really needed all these tips thank you! xoxo

  11. July 10, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    These are fab ideas! I need to get myself one of those stamps for September! I am fed up with all the sewing this year haha!

  12. July 10, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Great tips – my daughter doesnt like her legs showing at all so tends to wear tights all the time. Thankfully part of the uniform is red tights so at least we dont have to look for odd socks all the time!! lol

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 3:10 pm

      Ahh that’s true! I love winter for that reason! xx

  13. July 10, 2017 / 4:55 pm

    Oh the basket full of socks is a good one. My foster mum did that so she could be organized as socks would always go missing and it really did work! x

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      With six of us there’s a lot of socks!! It’s a great tip! xx

  14. July 10, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    Loving the tips here. I like the buy a set of uniform for each day tip. Makes so much sense.

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Definitely, it saves the washing worries! xx

  15. July 10, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    The sock tip is literally the best advice I’ve ever read ? Where do all the socks go?!?

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Haha I know right? We lose HUNDREDS!!! xx

  16. July 10, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    I am now on the hunt for a stamptastic stamp & going to use washing up liquid on any stains I find!
    What blinkin’ handy tips!

    Thank you so much x

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      I’ve ordered a stamptastic stamp too! Hoping it’s as good as everyone says it is! xx

  17. July 10, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    I have a drawer just for school uniforms, so there is always one to grab out of there in the morning. Makes life so much easier! x

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:34 am

      That’s a great idea, I find myself rummaging through the laundry basket…I really need to take from these tips this year! xx

  18. July 11, 2017 / 10:17 am

    When Matthew started school I carefully wrote in the surname so he could pass it on to his siblings but everything is so knackered by the end of the year it wouldn’t keep for anyone!

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:29 am

      Haha yes I thought that Eva would pass her uniform down to Megan but everything is covered in white board pen and way too small for Megs! xx

  19. July 11, 2017 / 10:38 am

    Good tips to have everything nicely organised. I can already seeing myself rushing my kid to school every morning.. but then I don’t even have any yet. Maybe until then I will have improved the time management haha

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:28 am

      Haha it’s always good to organise your life, I am utterly useless with it! xx

  20. Chel C
    July 11, 2017 / 11:44 am

    We don’t have children so don’t have these problems but my sister in law would find this so helpful! She’s always complaint about misplaced school uniform

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:27 am

      School uniform can be hard work, I’m hoping these tips mean I can stay sane Monday – Friday in September! xx

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:24 am

      Haha you’re a braver woman than I am Jayne! xx

  21. Sabrina
    July 12, 2017 / 1:46 am

    Thank you for sharing. Hopefully one day I will be able to use these tips! I love the pictures as well

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:22 am

      Thanks Sabrina. xx

  22. July 12, 2017 / 2:33 am

    These ideas are super cute. I will pass them along to my friends with small kids as I am sure they will come in handy!

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:22 am

      That’s great, I hope they help! xx

  23. Sierra
    July 12, 2017 / 4:30 am

    I’m far from having kids but as a college student I still found some of these tips helpful for myself. I think wherever you are in life it is important to be some what organized and ready the night before so that the morning can go as smoothly as possible.

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:22 am

      I totally agree, I think life would be easier for all of us if we were more organised! xx

  24. July 12, 2017 / 7:16 am

    Loving all of these tips!!! I need a Stamptastic in my life ha ha. Glad I have the Sharpie pen ready xx #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:21 am

      Me too!! I’ve just bought the Stamptastic, I’m super excited about it, haha! xx

  25. July 12, 2017 / 7:32 am

    I have just placed my uniform order for next year – best to get it early otherwise the stock all runs low

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:20 am

      I agree, I always leave shoes until the last minute incase their feet grow!! xx

  26. The Mummy Bubble
    July 12, 2017 / 7:40 am

    Great tips! I have a few years to go until I have to contend with this but this will help me be prepared! Xx #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:18 am

      School is a whole new world of organisation! I’m still learning nine years on! xx

  27. July 12, 2017 / 8:19 am

    My boy starts infant school this September, these tips are very handy! #fortheloveofblog

  28. July 12, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Oh I like the idea of the schedule and the basket of socks. Two years into school for both kids and I still can’t get myself organised in the mornings! Let’s see if I can get it cracked by September 🙂 #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Laura Dove
      July 13, 2017 / 11:11 am

      Haha I know, I’m 9 years in and still useless! xx

  29. Jen S
    July 12, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    These are great tips! I know I definitely did not make my mom’s life easy when I was in grade school.

    • Laura Dove
      July 13, 2017 / 11:10 am

      Hah nor me!! xx

  30. July 12, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    I hope it goes easier for you all! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Laura Dove
      July 13, 2017 / 11:10 am

      Thanks Heather! xx

  31. July 12, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    They do sound like such great tips. I love the naming your items and putting the name in marker on them. It’s a way to take ownership of those items and may make you more responsible for them.

    • Laura Dove
      July 13, 2017 / 11:10 am

      Absolutely, lost items are a recurring theme in our house! xx

  32. July 12, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    I love the suggestion to hang up a days outfit together, one for each day of the week. Socks are a big issue in my house, where the blumin hell do they all go? x

    • Laura Dove
      July 13, 2017 / 10:59 am

      Hhaa I know! We have about 100 odd socks at the moment, the lost ones never to be seen again! xx

  33. July 12, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Must get that stamper. Sounds fantastic #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Laura Dove
      July 13, 2017 / 10:58 am

      I’ve ordered it, it sounds great! xx

  34. July 12, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    Some good tips! We find it hard enough to get out of the door for nursery these days – I can’t imagine how much harder it will be when she’s in school! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Laura Dove
      July 13, 2017 / 10:54 am

      I know! It’s so hard to be on time, the pressure! xx

  35. July 12, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    We are also a stone’s throw from our school but without fail we’re always one of the last families to be tearing in through the school gates – everybody stressed, especially me! My best move was to get all uniforms downstairs waiting for them in 3 seperate piles and that has helped a tiny bit. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Laura Dove
      July 13, 2017 / 10:47 am

      Hahah yes, every day!! That’s a great tip, I need to be more organised in September! xx

  36. Bec Webb
    July 12, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    These are great tips! My two will be home educated, but I’ll be sure to pass on this post to my sister who’s kids are in school! It certainly seems like a manic time! Ha!

    • Laura Dove
      July 13, 2017 / 10:47 am

      So manic!! Home educating is so appealing to me some days! xx

  37. July 12, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    These are fantastic tips! Many I hadn’t even thought of including the sock basket, lower pegs & joint email account! Great ideas, thank you!

    • Laura Dove
      July 13, 2017 / 10:47 am

      Glad they have helped! School is hard work! xx

  38. July 13, 2017 / 1:25 am

    These are awesome ideas! I really love the idea of the sock basket as we are forever getting to the door to discover bare feet! #fortheloveofBlog

    • Laura Dove
      July 13, 2017 / 10:46 am

      Us too! And then scavenging around to find a matching pair! xx

  39. July 13, 2017 / 7:08 am

    Oh these are definitely great tips that any mom will def appreciate. I love the idea of stamping names on clothes and items. I cant say how many sweaters and pencil cases I lost when I was a kid that could have been avoided if I’d had my name on it.

    • Laura Dove
      July 13, 2017 / 10:45 am

      Haha and me! I’m hoping these tips will really help me out! xx

  40. July 13, 2017 / 8:08 am

    Funny photos and nice tips.
    Oh and I love your instagram photos with the kids :DD Like in a dream!
    I’m not a mum yet:) But as a kid I loved carefully naming all my stuff 😀 And I never lost pencil cases, I simply loved getting every year a new one xDD

    • Laura Dove
      July 13, 2017 / 10:44 am

      Thank you so much. xx

  41. July 13, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    My daughter doesn’t start until next year but these tips are so handy!

    Im not the most organised of people…hopefully I can get myself together before she starts school…

    • Laura Dove
      July 13, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      Ahh nor me, you have a year to get practicing, good luck! xx

  42. July 13, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    Ben isn’t going to be in school for years yet, but I’m already dreading it, the never ending dirty whites and muddy/grass stained knees! Im excited at the same time though – I can imagine he’ll be a right monkey! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Laura Dove
      July 13, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      Oh I know!! Prepare for stain remover! xx

  43. July 13, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    I love the idea of coat hooks at kid level, and only putting your surname in the kids clothes (unless you have a very common surname obvs!) I’ll be nabbing those two, for sure!! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Laura Dove
      July 15, 2017 / 10:18 pm

      Haha yes, ours is quite unusual so we are okay! xx

  44. July 14, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    Just having enough uniform for the week is such a great idea, simple but it actually wouldn’t have occurred to me #forthelovrofBLOG

    • Laura Dove
      July 15, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      I agree, I learned by making the mistake with my eldest! xx

  45. July 15, 2017 / 5:45 am

    Great tips. I never iron uniforms anymore. I’ve found if I fold them before I put them in the tumble dryer they come out fairly crease free and by the time he’s had it on for ten minutes you’d never notice the difference. Having a set routine in place always helps too so everyone knows what they need to be doing by certain times. It’s still always a mad dash on the morning but we’re late a lot less now x

    • Laura Dove
      July 15, 2017 / 9:44 pm

      I agree, I try to avoid ironing where possible, first days are my limit!! I’m determined to be organised for September though! xx

  46. July 15, 2017 / 6:48 am

    These last few weeks have seen me get later and later as we’re all tired now! The stamorastic stamp is such a time saver in our house too. Thanks for sharing these tips as a mummy to 4 also, any time saving too is greatfulky received!

    • Laura Dove
      July 15, 2017 / 9:43 pm

      Oh that’s good to hear! Mine is arriving this week! xx

  47. July 16, 2017 / 8:38 am

    My daughter is not in school yet, but these are some great tips! I am sure a lot of moms will find them helpful, I like the idea of having the uniforms in hangers and ready to go for the next day. Sounds like something I would do lol Thanks for sharing!

    • Laura Dove
      July 16, 2017 / 8:54 pm

      Thanks Pam. I think it would help all of us to be more organised, kids or no kids! xx

  48. July 18, 2017 / 1:42 am

    I love this write up! I do not have kids yet, but I heard so many crazy stories from my friends how they go insane running things for their kids going to school. I am surely sharing this post to them – I know it will help them a lot.

  49. Elizabeth o
    July 18, 2017 / 9:45 am

    School days are now a blur in my life as my kids are older. However, I remember planning a day ahead to capture all thst the kids would need.

    • Laura Dove
      July 18, 2017 / 12:54 pm

      Planning is the most important thing, I am very disorganised by nature so it’s tough going! xx

  50. July 31, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    With my teacher head on I definitely agree about naming everything! It really is so important x

    • Laura Dove
      July 31, 2017 / 2:50 pm

      Haha yes, I can imagine it drives teachers crazy!!! xx

  51. July 31, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    Second time round with a little one starting reception and I almost forgot I have to buy him uniform and shoes, eek! Thanks for reminding me!

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:58 pm

      Oh no!! I haven’t bought mine yet to be fair! xx

  52. July 31, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    This is so handy! Pip starts school in September, can’t believe how the time has flown by! Still need to buy his uniform but will bookmark this page for future reference, thanks! Polly

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:58 pm

      ooh good luck for September! xx

  53. July 31, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    Ah, these are some great tips! My son is now wearing school jumpers with his sister’s name in, so I like the tip of just writing the surname on uniforms 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      Thank you! Yes I had never thought of that tip before but I’m doing it now definitely! xx

  54. July 31, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    Love the tips and I like the concept of using the Surname but DD’s school knows them very well by the first names 🙂 But… despite naming, I always end up returning something in school with someones else’s name on it 🙂 School Days is a great place and when DD1 first started school, it was the one stop shop for me to get everything I wanted for her!

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:51 pm

      Ahh I know, we end up with the wrong items all the time! It’s inevitable that it will happen, kids very rarely check what they are taking off….or putting on! xx

  55. August 1, 2017 / 10:07 am

    So many great tips. I can’t imagine how stressful it can be with kids starting a new year at school, I can barely get myself up and ready in the mornings x

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:47 pm

      Haha I know, time to get organised I think! xx

  56. August 1, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    Great tips – I need to print this off and put it on the fridge!

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:45 pm

      Haha I just need to carry them out now, I’m so disorganised! xx

  57. August 2, 2017 / 8:22 am

    I love these ideas! Luckily pickle still has a couple of year until he goes to school but I really hope I remember some of these as I love them! The sock bucket has to be my favourite I think 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      August 2, 2017 / 9:01 am

      I think we all need a sock bucket, school or no school! xx

  58. August 2, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    Fantastic ideas! We have another few years before our school days start but I will be passing them onto my sister. xx

    • Laura Dove
      August 2, 2017 / 5:41 pm

      Ahh I hope that she finds them useful! xx

  59. August 2, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    What fab tips. I love the idea of a sock bucket

    • Laura Dove
      August 2, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      I’m definitely getting one for September! xx

  60. August 2, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    So many great tips! We usually have one set of uniform for each day of the week too!

    • Laura Dove
      August 3, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      It’s a great idea, and uniforms are so reasonable now that you can afford to do that without breaking the bank!

  61. August 3, 2017 / 5:12 am

    What a great roundup! These tips would come in handy. What I usually do is prepare clothes and stuffs at night. It’s very helpful to know what other moms do too. Thank you for this!

    • Laura Dove
      August 3, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      I just need to take my own advice, I am still so unorganised! Easy iron is the way forward! xx

  62. August 3, 2017 / 8:57 am

    God I’m dreading the start of school – I’m so disorganised! It’s enough bother to sort out clothes for nursery, and there’s no uniform to worry about there!

    • Laura Dove
      August 3, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Haha I know, school is a whole new world of stress!!! xx

  63. August 4, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    Fab tips! As a teacher, I DEFINITELY agree with the label everything! Everything, haha! Your tips for organisation sound like they’ll be useful for me too!

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 6:04 pm

      Hah I bet you are sick of asking parents to label everything, I remember working in schools and losing the will to live with the number of unlabelled items! xx

    • Laura Dove
      August 8, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Ahh yes, I always intend to do this too…it rarely happens! xx

  64. August 21, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    I love the idea of a sock basket near the door, I can see that coming in really helpful. I think when the boys are older syncing our calender’s would also be a great idea.

    • Laura Dove
      August 21, 2017 / 10:15 pm

      We have the sock basket, its life changing, ha! xx

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