Who is ready for back to school? Now, whose home is ready for back to school? No need to panic, I am here to share ideas and inspiration to help you get your home organized and ready for back to school.
- Create a drop-zone for backpacks near the door that you use most often. By designating a spot right by the door it makes grabbing them on the go in the morning, and dropping them off in the afternoon a no-brainer. Bonus: Don't let a lack of space intimidate you! You don't have to have a huge entry or fancy built-ins, find a little wall space and add a hook or two. (Check out how easy it was to make this reclaimed wood backpack hanger!)
- Use the inside of an entry closet door for kid-height hat and coat storage. Command hooks on the inside of a closet door are a perfect option to maximize your space in a small closet (I used these* and these*), and if your kids can't reach the closet bar, this gives them a place to hang their jackets on their own.
- Make shoe storage easy! Keep your shoe storage and organization as uncomplicated as possible; my kids refused to try to use the shoe cubbies we previously had in the closet, and I gave up on constantly picking up shoes that were not mine. I stained a couple of wooden crates (pick them up at Michael's with a 40% off coupon!!) and painted on their initials. Now all they have to do is toss their shoes into their crate, so easy!
- Use Dollar Store baskets to streamline lunchbox packing. Save yourself the headache, and save valuable time by pre-packing lunchbox staples into snack-size bags. One basket in the fridge holds fruits and veggies, and one in the pantry holds crackers, pretzels, and small sweet snacks. Bonus: Dedicate on drawer or shelf to lunchbox containers. By keeping these containers separate from your other storage containers you eliminate the last minute hunt for missing lids or small size containers.
- Prep a homework area with fresh supplies. When you are buying back to school supplies, pick up extra pencils and erasers to set-up a simple homework area. Bonus: When stores start putting school supplies on clearance, pick up a few extras to replenish your supplies at home, and to help your child's teachers replenish classroom supplies later in the school year.
- Keep the paper monster in check with a bulletin board command center. (See the details of our family command center, here.) Using a bulletin board for a calendar, lunch menus, important notes and invitations keeps everything in one location, and off the countertops. Bonus: Acrylic file organizers are the perfect spot for all those papers that get brought home. The kids place all their papers in here, not on the counter, when they get home, and you can look at them later.
These are just some of the ways that we stay organized when the kids go back to school. Let me know in the comments, what are some of your tricks for staying organized when the kids go back to school?
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