I know I am a list maker. I know that there is not a day without a list. I know there are usually more than one list on the go at any given time! I know I am currently drowning in lists like the Christmas present list, card list, to do list, holiday packing list, shopping lists and of course….THE MASTER O IS STARTING SCHOOL LIST! As you can see the very lucky lists move from handwritten to typed table status!
1. Compile all lists into one MASTER list. Start with Uniforms and Book Lists.
2. Don’t forget to add other school essentials such as
- art smocks
- pencil cases
- school bags
3. As you add each item on to the list include any sizing information, quantity and price.
4. Now that you have all items listed you can also work out how many labels you will need to label EVERY item. Include shoes, socks, jumpers, smocks, lunchboxes, individual pencils, EVERYTHING! You can see my tally on the right hand side.
5. Now I print my list off and get the highlighter ready! I categorise my list into three priority buying times, using three different colours. I know that I display OCD traits!
Yellow – Buy NOW (October/November) – Text books, socks, tie, school bag (anything he won’t grow out of)
Orange – Buy for Christmas (December) – Lunch box, drink bottle, pencil case, library bag and novelty stationery. He is so excited about starting school that choosing some of the more personal items now makes for great Christmas presents.
Pink – Buy at the Back to School Sales (January). Shoes, Uniforms the rest of the stationery.
Now that all my lists are in one place, prioritised and starting to be ticked off, I know I feel more in control, more organised and hopefully prepared for what is going to be such an exciting and nerve wracking occasion in our house!
What do you know about list making?