And just like that, summer is over and school is upon us. I am never jumping for joy when the kids go back to school, but I do find that by mid August I am craving a better routine and I am anxious to get the house clean and organized for school. These 15 Back to School Organization Tips are tried and true tips that will help keep you sane during this school year!
Make your own Daily Closet Organizers out of inexpensive foam door knob hangers (Dollar Tree). Then just slip them over the hangers to save YOU and your kids precious time in the mornings.
On those busy days when you need to be in the car after school, grab one of these “on the go” homework packets so that the kids can work on their homework while you drive or while waiting for soccer practice to start. Just keep pencils, sharpener, crayons and scratch paper (or calculator, colored pencils and highlighers for older kids) in a pouch and attached to an inexpensive clipboard (Target).
My kids come home from school starving and immediately start wandering around looking for an after school snack. A great solution to make snack time quicker and more healthy is to fill a basket of pre-portioned snack foods that you and your kids agree upon. I like to have one for the pantry and one in the fridge. I bought inexpensive containers and used this chalkboard tape to label them.
All of my kids have a certain amount of minutes they need to read each day so we end up going to the library a lot. I hate having library late fees because of lost or overdue books so we have a library book basket that has a chalkboard tag (Michaels) clipped to it. When we get home from the library all of the books go into the basket along with the printout from the library and we write the due date on the chalkboard tag so that it's easy to see and I remember to return them on time.
Find a nook, wall or closet and give those backpacks a home so that they don't create more clutter! Love this backpack wall by I'm Batmom.
Does your school collect Box Tops? This magnetic DIY box from Adventures In Wonderland would be the perfect place to collect them.
Check out Martha Stewart for this magnetic lunch menu. Great way to get your child to plan a weeks worth of lunch and save time in the mornings. *Update: Martha Stewart doesn't appear to be offering this lunch menu on their website any longer but Yellow Bliss Road has a very similar one HERE.
I need one of these family charging stations by Driven by Decor so that my teens can charge their phones at night and always know where they are in the morning.
During the school year, it is so nice to have healthy breakfast foods in the freezer for us to all grab and go! Here is a great list of 25 Freeze Ahead Breakfast Ideas by Totally The Bomb.
This is such a great way to keep those important school papers, pictures and momentos organized from Your Vibrant Family.
These free school binder printables are perfect to help keep your teens organized. There are tons of different printables so that you can customize your own binder. See them at Just a Girl and Her Blog.
This list of The Best Homework Apps for Teens from Sunshine and Hurricanes should make Jr. High and High School homework easier.
Creating a family command center like this one from The 36th Avenue, is a great place to keep all of those schedules, calendars and school supplies together.
Love these hanging organizers. They are perfect for organizing a weeks worth of folded clothes. See how The Posh Space labeled each day.
There are a lot of morning routine printables out there, but I love this one from Hey Donna because it's blank so I can laminate it and fill in OUR families routine with a dry erase marker.