Life is too short to spend time on boring tasks. So I love a good hack when I find one. Having two boys in school, getting them ready and myself out of the door by 7:45 is no easy task. So over the years I’ve gathered a few good school uniform life hacks I thought I’d share.
Where and when possible always line dry the school uniform outside. A good blow on the line gets a lot of creases out. Then as soon as they are dry. Hang up shirts and neatly fold trousers and jumpers. Avoiding the dreaded ironing mountain all together.
I know school uniform prices can be high and the cost can mount up quickly. But thinking you can get away with one jumper all week. Is nonsense. You’ll be washing and frantically trying to dry it overnight. So make sure you buy at least: 2 jumpers, three shirts / polo shirts and two jumpers. This way if one is in the wash you’ve got a back up. I always get three of the shirts as it tend to take me longer to get a white wash / light wash pile together.
Look for hard wearing / easy care
If you have the option of buying your kids uniform from other places than the school uniform shop. Look for clothes that offer the hard wearing option. Perfect for boys trousers and easy care or on iron option for trousers, dresses and shirts. Saving yourself from having to keep replacing uniform and having to iron!
Have a uniform drawer
Having a dedicated place where their uniform is stored means, everyone should know where it is. As your kids get old enough to dress themselves they can easily find everything they need. No rooting around ten minutes before you have to be out of the door. Stress saver!
I like to hang the boys uniforms on the radiator the night before in the winter, so it’s toasty for them when they get up. I also make sure all the gym kit / swim kit is packed ready to go the next morning. Which leads on to my next school uniform life hack.
By the door
Having a space right by the door where kits bags etc. are kept has been a life saver for me. I just check as we head out of the door and grab what’s there.
Inevitably, with the best will in the world and all the effort on your part to make the kids look presentable when they go to school. They often come home looking a bit worse for wear. This school term alone, I’ve had to tackle ground in play-dough, yogurt, white board pen, grass and mud stains. I just don’t know how my boys can get so filthy. Plus why don’t they ever seam to wear an apron fro painting!
My gut reaction is to sigh and put the kettle on while I chuck the mucky uniform in the laundry basket. But you really shouldn’t and it’s why I make myself tackle it straight away. Those stains are much easier to get out sooner rather than later. When they’ve had the time to dry out and get really ingrained. Using the right products make all the difference too.
I’ve been using ACE this past week and it’s working a treat.
- ACE keeps garments bright, robust and clean meaning clothes last for longer
- Keep those colours bright and fresh with ACE for Colours
- Tackle germs, grease and stubborn stains with ACE Stain Remover
School uniform stress?
Hopefully with these school uniform life hacks you’ll have one less thing to stress about.
This post is an entry for the BritMums #ACEforSchool Challenge, sponsored by ACE. Get help for all kinds of stains with the ACE Stain Helper. http://www.acecleanuk.co.uk/ or to buy head to your local Tesco’s, Morrison’s, Waitrose or Sainsbury’s.