5+ Organizing Tips For Back to School

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.

5+ Organizing Tips for Back to School - One Mile Home Style


  • 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!)
Back to School Backpack Drop Zone using reclaimed wood and knobs

  • 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.
Coat and hat organization using the inside of the closet door using command hooks

  • 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!

Stained wooden crate for easy shoe storage

  • 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 snack size fruits and veggies for easy lunch packing


  • 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.
Simple homework station with pencils and erasers stored in glass jars


  • 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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  1. I love all of these, especially the drop zone. I love having everything right by the door, ready to go in the morning.

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  2. Oh, I make a snack basket, but I didn't think of doing one in the fridge, too.

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    1. The fridge basket is new for us too, but it has been working out very nicely for packing lunches and grabbing snacks. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Love it! This is so organized! I especially love the backpack rack. Thanks so much for linking up with our Living With Style Linky Party. Hope to see you again next week!

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    1. Thanks Cristi! That backpack hanger is one of my favorites!

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  4. Great ideas! I love back-to-school organization!

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