1. Check your child’s school bag for paper letters or your email account for emails from school
  2. Take photos of school letters on your phone or stick on pinboard if you need to refer to them at a later date
  3. Make a note of all relevant dates and mark your calendar straightaway
  4. Prepare as much as possible the night before for the following morning
  5. Have a place for all of the children’s hobby / extracurricular activity equipment
  6. Have a dedicated basket for gloves, woolly hats and scarves in the winter and sunhats and sun cream in the summer.
  7. Occasionally let your children listen to an audio book for a bedtime story.
  8. Replace fabric sofas and carpets in the living area with leather sofas and laminate flooring for ease of cleaning.
  9. Plan meals at least one week in advance and cook in batches for the freezer.
  10. Allow each family member to choose their favourite meal to eat, as long as it is not too time-consuming to prepare.
  11. Assign light household tasks to your children as soon as they are old enough, age 4+
  12. Only wash children’s clothes / school uniforms when dirty. Clothes can often be worn for a second day.
  13. Tidy the house as you go along. If a job takes 2 to 3 minutes or less to do, do it straight away, i.e. make your bed as soon as you get up.
  14. Have a box for each family member into which you place any possessions of theirs left around the house
  15. Buy your shopping in bulk – especially non-perishables – where your budget and living space allows.
  16. Stock up on birthday cards and birthday presents in advance if you have young children. You will also be able to save money on 3 for 2 offers and similar.
  17. Before giving young children stickers to play with, peel off the negative space first to allow the stickers to be peeled off more quickly.
  18. Have a tune which you only play at tidy-up time so that children will automatically know to tidy up when it is played.
  19. If your children wear school uniform, buy slightly different styles of sock for each child, i.e. plain and ribbed, so that you know which socks belong to whom.
  20. Store duvet sets inside their respective pillowcases.
  21. Keep a jar of small change handy.
  22. Have a whiteboard where members of the family can write down which groceries need replenishing when they see they are running low.
  23. Organise your food cupboards so that similar food items are stored together.
  24. Keep up to date with laundry and only iron where necessary
  25. Keep keys, phones and purses / wallets in one place
  26. Multitask while speaking on the phone or watching TV if possible

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