As a mum of 3 kids all at school, January can be just as expensive and busy as December as I try and get everything needed for back to school!
My shopping list for back to school each year includes new school shoes, uniform, socks, books, lunch boxes, bottles, stationery and last but not least name labels.
Even though labels cost more than a sharpie pen, from past experience I’ve found that investing in labels will end up saving you much more in the long run, as lost property can be easily identified and will be returned to you or the classroom teacher.
Before I started labelling with Bright Star Kids Labels, I’m not sure how many school hats, jumpers, lunch boxes & stationery items my kids have lost. Unlabelled property does not always end up in lost property as it can be quickly claimed as someone else’s property! On average I spend around $250 per child on all of their belongings, and with hats and shoes being one of the more expensive items, it’s essential that they’re labelled clearly.
How-To Label School Belongings
At back to school time I like to get a School Labels Kit that has all the labels I need for my kids belongings. The stick on labels from are super durable as they’re 100% waterproof, fade proof, scratch resistant and dishwasher safe. I still have some from years ago that still look like new.
My kids love designing their own label kits and the preview makes it a really fun process. Just make sure to give yourself plenty of time for this as there are lots of designs to choose from, perfect for babies right up to the fussiest tween or teenager! And if your child doesn’t want an icon, never fear there is also a “no icon” option that will just have their name printed on a plainer style label.
The stick on labels can be stuck to most types of smooth plastic surfaces, like the ones in the image above. Some frosted finished plastics don’t allow the labels to stick properly, but usually most containers have an area that is completely smooth so just pop the label on to that section. That’s where the tiny labels come in handy, as they can usually fit on to even the smallest section.
The Subject Labels that come in the School Labels Kit come with a blank area that you can write on the subject and class name. I find a permanent marker works best as it looks nice and neat.
My kids love sharing their stationery with their class mates. With this in mind I like use the Tiny pencil labels to label everything so all their bits & pieces end up back on their desk & in their pencil case! Replacing all these things during the year is a right pain and can end up being very costly.
I use the Round Labels in my kids (very expensive) school shoes. They’re really easy to use, I simply stick one of the coloured round labels into the shoe and then stick the blank clear round label over the top. This gives the name label extra protection against the wear and tear of my kids feet (if you don’t do this the writing might rub off). These labels again have outlasted most of my kids shoes so they’re really durable!
To label all of my kids uniforms and other smaller clothing items like socks and hats, the Iron On labels are perfect. The labels merge with the fabric so they’re ok to use even with stretchy fabrics like socks.
I used to use a permanent marker to label my kids clothing, but I found this looked really ugly and after a lot of washes it would fade and smudge, making it hard to identify. After finding these Iron On Labels, I’d never go back to writing on my kids clothing.
These iron on labels are really easy to iron on to most types of fabrics and they’re washing machine & dryer safe. They look great and the writing is so clear and being a permanent label they’re so durable that I’ve found they’ve outlasted most of my kids clothing. An added bonus is that they’re pretty much impossible to remove so they’ll never be able to be claimed by anyone else!
Purchasing a School Labels Value Kit for $44.95 (saving 40% off if buying them individually) is perfect for back to school as it includes:
- Stick On Name Labels in various sizes (for lunch containers, drink bottles, & stationery)
- Iron On Labels (for hats, socks & uniform items)
- Shoe Labels with clear protection covers (for school or sport shoes)
- Subject Labels (for various subjects)
Another great thing about name labels is that I’m finding as my kids get older, they go on more excursions & even overnight camps. I now label everything that goes away with them, from their socks & undies to the toiletries they need to take with them. I usually find that even after ordering a label kit, there will always be some left over which I put in a drawer. As I need them throughout the year, I can just pull them out & label the necessary items. How convenient!
I hope this helps you a bit with your back to school organisation. We’d love to hear your tips and tricks on getting your kids ready for back to school.