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Mum’s $200 hack halves school ready time

A super-organised mother cut the time it takes to get her two child ready for school in half using a few common Bunnings and Kmart items.

Belinda Hampson was rushed off her feet getting Lily, eight, and five-year-old Kai out the door to Llandilo Public School in western Melbourne every day.

Last year it took a frantic 40 minutes with the pair losing their shoes or having to run around the house getting what they needed for class.

A super-organised mother cut the time it takes to get her two child ready for school in half using a few common Bunnings and Kmart items

Her immaculate setup includes a plastic drawer for every day's gear, lockers for bigger items, and basket for recess snacks

Her immaculate setup includes a plastic drawer for every day’s gear, lockers for bigger items, and basket for recess snacks

So the 35-year-old spent the Christmas holidays overhauling their routine and on their first day back on Monday had them gone in just 20 minutes.

Ms Hampson simply brought everything her kids needed for school into one place and organised them with plastic containers, cabinets, and baskets for just $200.

‘Letters home from school always got put somewhere and the kids couldn’t remember where, and school uniforms, bags and lunch boxes were all in different locations — so I brought them all together,’ she told News Corp.

Her immaculate setup includes a plastic drawer for every day’s gear, lockers for bigger items, and basket for recess snacks.

She also made a study desk including a wooden hanging board held containers filled with pencils and highlighters, jars of rubbers, a whiteboard, and a list of chores

She also made a study desk including a wooden hanging board held containers filled with pencils and highlighters, jars of rubbers, a whiteboard, and a list of chores

WHAT BELINDA USED

Plastic drawers for for every day’s gear

Lockers for bigger items

Baskets for recess snacks

Chalkboard with after school schedule

Clock colour-coded to match after school schedule

Mini-whiteboards for each child

Laminated to-do lists for each morning

Hooks for hairbrush and schoolbags 

 

Then there’s a schedule for what days each child has news, sport, and library, and one for when they get home from school – complete with a colour-coded clock.

Finishing touches included hooks for schoolbags and hairbrushes, and a morning to-do list for both Lily and Kai.

‘The kids love it, they try to beat each other finishing the tasks. Putting it all in one spot it is so much easier… and stress free,’ she said.

Ms Hampson said it also give her children structure, discipline, and helped them respect their belongings and take pride in their work.

She also moved the dining table and put a dedicated study desk near the school ready wall, which she said helped them do homework better.

Ms Hampson also reorganised her kitchen pantry (before pictured)

Ms Hampson also reorganised her kitchen pantry (before pictured)

She again used various storage tubs and containers, and next plans to overhaul her linen cupboard

She again used various storage tubs and containers, and next plans to overhaul her linen cupboard

A wooden hanging board held containers filled with pencils and highlighters, jars of rubbers, a whiteboard, and a list of chores were all part of the setup.

‘The response I’ve had from other parents has been amazing — I hope it has help inspire a few mums out there and help them and the kids,’ she said.

Ms Hampson suggested mothers wanting to do the same start with a list of what they want to change and what would help.

Then they should find spots to put their newly organised storage and look on social media for inspiration on how to do it.

Ms Hampson also reorganised her kitchen pantry, again using various storage tubs and containers, and next plans to overhaul her linen cupboard.



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