How I Am Keeping Organised On The School Mornings (AD)

How I Am Keeping Organised On The School Mornings (AD)

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I recently wrote about how I was using September to reset and evaluate my goals and set new intentions. I find that setting goals keeps me accountable and gives me focus and drive. After a hectic but enjoyable summer with my kids, I came out of summer feeling a bit flat, and this reset helped give me that motivational kick I needed. One consistent thing was my desire to be more organised, especially when it came to the children. Since Henry started back at school, I have worked hard to create a routine that helps keep the whole family organised so our mornings are less stressful and we don’t get that overwhelmed feeling we became accustomed too before the summer break.

Labelling Everything

In the past, I have made that parental sin of not correctly marking every item that leaves the house for school. The result was many items never made it home, including a pair of PE trainers that cost a small fortune! The things that were successfully labelled were done so using a marker pen, which faded dramatically by the end of the year. This rookie error meant that Henry often brought home items of clothing that didn’t belong to him. On one occasion in the mad dash to leave the house for school, he came downstairs wearing a sweatshirt at least two sizes too small. This lack of organisation often caused us to leave the house late as we scrambled around the house in a mad panic.

This year has started entirely different, and I have used iron-on labels to make sure everything is marked clearly.

Packed Lunches

You may or may not have read my blog post debating packed lunches or school dinners that I wrote a few weeks ago. Since Henry has been back to school, he has opted for packed lunches 99% of the time. Before this year, he has always had school dinners. Personally, I like the simplicity that having a meal at school brings but from year three school meals are no longer free of charge which has resulted in most of Henry’s friends taking in a packed lunch. This has had a huge influence on his choice, but I would be lying if I didn’t tell you it was a task I could do without!

Making a packed lunch is the last thing I need to add to my already manic mornings, so being organised is essential. I pack Henry’s lunchbox the evening before and all I have to do in the morning is quickly make a sandwich. His lunchbox and bottle are both personalised with his name, so it’s easy for him to identify, and there is no risk of someone else having the same ones!


Henry is at the age where he now has homework to do in the evenings. Often the deadline is a week later, but we have a strict rule that homework is done as soon as he gets home. Once completed, this goes back into his school bag, so there is no risk of forgetting it! He also has reading each evening, and the same rule applies. Once finished, he is free to spend his evening; however, he likes, and there is no risk of forgetting or worrying about things that still need to be done.

The Night Before

Last year the school run was my least favourite part of the day. The morning was utter madness finding uniform, getting breakfast and locating school bags caused my stress levels to soar. Henry would almost always forget something which left me making a trip back to school or apologising profusely to the teacher. This school year is starting different, and as Henry is older, he is now responsible for his own prep which I only assist with. This means the night before Henry lays out his uniform and makes sure his bag is packed and by the door. This gives me the perfect opportunity to sign his reading diary and any letters that have been sent home.

Henry now has his own pencil case and pencils which are personalised with his name. These items give him a sense of independence, and he takes pride in looking after them and packing them each evening.

Making these small changes and being organised in advance leaves our mornings far less rushed. It means we can have a conversation and stops me having a full-on breakdown before 9 am! Of course, it is still early days, and we are only in the first month, but I have seen such a difference in Henry and myself already. Taking the stress and rush out of the situation has meant that Henry’s day starts in the right way, and when he arrives at school, he is focused and ready to begin his schoolwork.

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  1. Alli Smith
    25th September 2019 / 5:47 pm

    These are all great ways to stay organized. It sure does help get everything done in a timely manner.

    • sophiegw
      25th September 2019 / 5:58 pm

      Totally agree!!

  2. denisenicosavings
    25th September 2019 / 6:08 pm

    Keeping organized is always a struggle and these are great tips for continiuning to do so throughout the year.

    • sophiegw
      26th September 2019 / 11:49 am

      It is, isn’t it? I think if we can make it a habit we will be so grateful!

  3. Amber Myers
    25th September 2019 / 6:38 pm

    I love personalized stuff and labels. I have some on my daughter’s stuff since she loves to lose her belongings.

    • sophiegw
      26th September 2019 / 11:49 am

      My son seems to take pride in personal items more too xx

  4. caitscozycorner
    25th September 2019 / 7:58 pm

    i love this my friend- def love staying organized especially for busy mornings! thanks for sharing!

  5. Chef Dennis
    26th September 2019 / 12:06 am

    This blog is really a great help for parents! It would be really hard sometimes to get organized in the morning. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sue Reddel
    26th September 2019 / 12:56 am

    Lots of great ideas on keeping your family organized. Thanks for sharing your tips.

  7. Agnes Dela Cruz
    26th September 2019 / 3:11 am

    An organize bag is always the peace of mind one can get, even if this is kids’ school bag. I love the brand!

  8. Pam Wattenbarger
    26th September 2019 / 3:32 am

    Laying out uniforms and getting everything ready the night before is so important. It really helps with the morning rush.

    • sophiegw
      26th September 2019 / 11:50 am

      It really does!

  9. Beth
    26th September 2019 / 3:35 am

    These look like great ways to help you (and Henry) stay organized.

  10. Terri Steffes
    26th September 2019 / 3:36 am

    That’s such a good plan! I tell you, if you can keep it up, you are going to feel amazing! I’m rooting for you!

    • sophiegw
      26th September 2019 / 11:51 am

      Thank you lovely! x

  11. Kita Roberts
    26th September 2019 / 7:50 am

    Wow! I really need these tips! Sometimes it’s hard to keep well organised in the morning!

    • sophiegw
      26th September 2019 / 11:51 am

      I agree!

  12. Ruth I
    26th September 2019 / 8:48 am

    I hate being disorganised. It just makes me feel lazy most of the time. Prepping the night before is a good key!

  13. Tasheena
    26th September 2019 / 11:48 am

    I really enjoyed reading this post. I can’t wait to implement some of your tips with my family.

  14. Lisa Favre
    26th September 2019 / 2:01 pm

    My mom used to be the same way: homework had to be done immediately after school. I find it’s a lot more effective and also, it gets it out of the way so you can just relax and prepare for bed afterwards.

  15. Lynndee
    26th September 2019 / 2:38 pm

    Laying out clothes the night before is absolutely a great idea. We do that here too so we don’t have to rush in the morning finding him clothes to wear.

  16. Monica Y
    26th September 2019 / 8:18 pm

    I love being organised in the morning, it really makes my day go faster. That pencil bag is adorable

    • sophiegw
      7th October 2019 / 8:47 am

      Isn’t it cute!!

  17. rika
    26th September 2019 / 10:39 pm

    Very organized and I love these useful tips! My morning is always stressful, my kids always move slow and takes time to get them ready πŸ™

  18. Amy H
    27th September 2019 / 3:10 am

    One month in the school year and I’m trying so hard to keep organized! I swear theres not enough time between the end of work and bedtime to get anything done with the kids

    • sophiegw
      7th October 2019 / 8:46 am

      There really isn’t enough time!!

  19. Liz
    27th September 2019 / 7:40 am

    These are great tips to keep organized. I am so glad I am way past this stage. πŸ™‚

  20. acornishmum
    28th September 2019 / 3:44 pm

    My two always used to have stationery with their names on it, it was the only way to guarantee they would come home with at least some of it still ha!

    Stevie x

    • sophiegw
      7th October 2019 / 8:46 am

      It’s a genius idea!

  21. fionajk42
    5th October 2019 / 11:19 pm

    I love the personalised pencils. I must get some for my granddaughter.

    • sophiegw
      7th October 2019 / 8:45 am

      They are so affordable too!

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