Top 10 Things You Need To Label For School
School… Oh to be back there knowing what I know now! Packed lunches, hanging out with friends all day, playing in the sun & just having the time of my life. Unfortunately, though, my days of Mum packing my lunch are long gone and now it’s my turn to be head chef, taxi driver, counsellor, cleaner & cheer squad for my own boys. It can be tough but I’m loving every minute of it.
The thing is though, I always thought that once I became a mum I’d just magically evolve into this organised better version of myself. That I’d never forget a Mufti Day, I’d always bake for the cupcake stall, and I’d certainly never be late picking the kids up from school. But that was not to be.
It took me some time to work out how to best navigate the Back To School rush each year, but after replacing 5 school jackets, 10 hats, 657 pencils & more lunch containers than I can count, I’ve learned my lesson about labelling… If it leaves the house with either of my children it gets labelled… every. single. thing!
Last year was the first year that I didn’t have to replace anything. I must have saved close to $500 just by making sure everything was labelled before it went to school with the boys. On top of that, the kids didn’t have to face me to tell me they’d lost another $70 jacket which I’m sure was a huge load of their minds too. Here are the labels I used, they’re the best!
So what exactly do I label? EVERYTHING! But… there are 10 things that I think every parent should always ensure they label.
Iron on labels have been an absolute lifesaver for me. I’ve labelled the boys’ jackets, shirts, shorts & pants & they’ve not lost a thing since. The labels from Bright Star Kids are super easy to apply & they stay stuck. I wouldn’t do a school year without them again, they’ve saved me a fortune.
I’m certain most people will think I’m crazy, but as I said… I label everything & Shoes are no exception to the rule. The shoe label goes on the inside of the shoe so that it’s easy for the kids to see which shoes are theirs. I imagine having their shoes labelled is a huge help for their teachers too when it comes time to remove their shoes in class. I can’t imagine trying to help 30 kids all find their correct shoes & put them back on.
Even socks can’t escape my wrath. Bright Star Kids’ Iron on sock dots are amazing. They’re the perfect size for socks big & small & they guarantee that my sons don’t pick up other kids’ socks at the playground.
I’m never replacing a lost hat ever again thanks to these labels. Hats are not cheap and labelling them has meant that even if they end up in the lost property box we’re able to identify that it belongs to the boys. The other thing about labelling hats is that it stops kids from accidentally picking up their friend’s hat and possibly coming in contact with head lice. Seriously… label your hats, you’ll thank me later!
With a class of 30 kids, it is expected that on occasion there might be some stationery mix ups. My kids get this awesome personalised pencil case and I fill it with everything they’ll need for the whole year. Before I hand it over to them though, I label every pencil, every marker, the sharpener, the ruler, they eraser… you get it! Even if they lend their stationery to a friend in class it always comes back now & again, I’m saving money
6. Drink Bottles
With lots of mums buying their kids’ school supplies from the same places, it’s not difficult to imagine that there might be a few hundred of the exact same drink bottle floating around your kids’ school. If you label it, you’ll know it’s theirs… if you don’t, and they lose it you’ll likely be stuck buying another one, and again next term & every term after that. Before you know it, that bargain $10 drink bottle has become a $100 drink bottle. I’ve done this myself so last year I bought the boys a personalised drink bottle. They’re brilliant & they’ll be able to use the same bottles again this year, definitely worth the $30 I spent.
Never again will I let the kids leave the house with my prized tupperware without labelling it. Bright Star Kids’ labels are 100% waterproof & scratch proof. They can go in the dishwasher & microwave, and they save you a fortune in replacing lost containers. They’re super easy to apply & they stay stuck. If you’re tired of replacing containers, you’ve got to get yourself some of these.
This one seems to speak for itself. Obviously you’re going to label your kids’ exercise books! While that’s an important task, I’m talking about labelling Story Books. My son’s have the opportunity to bring a book to school every few weeks for storytime & being a big book lover, I want to be sure they come back. I get these labels for their books so that there’s no mistaking who each book belongs to.
If you’re not buying a personalised backpack for your kids you’re going to want to make sure you label it. For me, I love a good quality bag tag. I like that the boys can spot their bag quickly in the afternoons so that we can escape the school pick up rush. Much like the drink bottle situation, it’s highly likely that there will be kids at school with the same backpack, so to avoid any confusion, add a bag tag to the top handle. It’s that easy!
If your kiddo is expected to bring a device to school you’d have to be a little bit crazy to not label it! One of my sons is allowed to bring an iPad to school & I labelled the iPad bag with my iron on labels, the cable is labelled & so too are his earphones. For his iPad I used these extra large labels & the label has lasted a whole year so far.
But don’t forget… you’re going to need a whole lot more than just 10 labels! If you want to label everything with labels that actually stay stuck, you have to invest in Bright Star Kids’ labels, they’re absolutely phenomenal. Don’t forget to let us know how you go labelling this year & how much money you’ve saved now that you don’t have to keep replacing lost stuff.