With the school year right around the corner many folks are trying to get organized for back to school madness.
Today’s post is all about epic organization hacks you gotta try this school year!
When I was a kid I used to love back to school shopping. There was something refreshing about starting over and tackling a new school year.
It’s almost similar to that feeling you get when the ball drops on New Years Eve. You know what I’m talking about right? That feeling of newness, fresh starts and endless opportunities!
Back-to-school time is awesome but it can also be insanely stressful and expensive if you’re not crazy organized about the process. Here are some epic organization hacks you gotta try this school year to get your kids started on the absolute best foot!
Including kids in the process of organizing their stuff before they head back to school at the end of August or early September is an awesome way to get them to be active participants in the experience!
If they’re anything like I was they’ll get extra pumped about heading back to school with these super cool organization hacks that’ll make back-to-school a breeze!
6 Epic Organization Hacks You Gotta Try This School Year
An Efficient Learning Space
One of the biggest things you can do to help your kids settle back into the back-to-school routine is provide them with a dedicated and efficient learning space.
Way back when I was a teacher, parents would ask me what my biggest piece of advice was to help improve and tackle nightly homework and my answer was always the same: an efficient and functional learning space.
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This homework station from Craft -O- Maniac is a perfect example of an affordable, dedicated and efficient learning space to get kids excited about school!
The benefit of providing kiddos with a desk area for their homework and learning needs is simple. It prevents disorganization and allows kids to have everything they need at their fingertips.
It creates good study habits and allows kids to become independent (and excited!) about their learning.
Here are a couple of beautiful, functional and above all budget friendly options for folks looking to create a dedicated learning space.
- Target Wood Corner Desk $78
- Luckup Kids Writing Desk $70
- KidKraft Kid’s Study Desk $140
- Lipper International Chalkboard Desk $80
An Organized Homework Station
If a dedicated homework area is impossible in your home or if you prefer that your kiddos do their homework at your kitchen table you might be interested in creating an organized mobile homework station.
I grew up in a kitchen table homework home and have so many fond memories of my mom making dinner while I plugged along and completed my homework. I loved having my mum nearby to ask questions and she’d check in on me throughout the process to make sure I was doing things correctly.
Organization was always an issue though! Looking back I wish my mum had taken the time to create a mobile homework station to help keep me organized. I’d often spend a ton of time looking for things I needed which made some nights more frustrating than they needed to be. It also made the homework process a lot longer than it needed to be!
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This super functional and super budget friendly mobile dollar store homework station from Simple Made Pretty is an awesome solution to disorganization during homework time.
By creating a portable homework station loaded with pencils, erasers, geometry tools and any other school supplies your kiddo might need while they are completing their homework you’re guaranteed to make evening homework a breeze!
All the components needed to make your own mobile homework station are available at your local dollar store. A mobile homework station is one of those epic organization hacks you gotta try this school year to reduce the stress of homework time folks!
If you’re more the online-buying type for convenience and options here are a couple of affordable and budget friendly options to make your own homework station at home!
- Large Material Storage Basket (Available in 5 Colors) – $16
- Hollow Rose Pen & Pencil Pot (Available in a variety of colors) – $4
- Chalkboard Reusable Labels – $8
An Organized Student Binder
I love love love using planners to keep organized. Knowing that everything is in one place makes staying organised a breeze.
This free printable binder from Just A Girl And Her Blog is another one of those epic organisation hacks you gotta try this school year folks.
The free printable you’ll get over at Just A Girl And Her Blog includes a class schedule, goal setting inserts, monthly calendars, weekly planners, daily planners and so much more.
The fun and vibrant colors are guaranteed to get your kid interested in being more organized!
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If you’re a sucker for pretty binders and supplies like I am you might like one of these binders to create your very own organised student planners.
How gorgeous are these?
- Gold Bloom Daily Planner Binder – $10
- Comix Designer 3 Ring Binder – $13
- Avery + Amy Tangerine Designer Collection Binder – $8
- Blooms Daily Planner Binder – $10
Days Of The Week Hanging Clothes Organizer
Does your family struggle with getting ready in the morning?
If you’re like most families who struggle to get their kids fed, dressed and out the door on time for school in the morning you might want to invest in these genius clothing organizers. Seriously folks, this is one of those epic organisation hacks you gotta try this school year.
At around 40$ these Lillian Vernon Personalized Pastel Colors Days-Of-The-Week Hanging Organizer are guaranteed to make getting dressed a breeze in the morning. They organize kids clothes for an entire week including tops, bottoms and socks. This removes the guess work in the morning and makes getting dressed a no-brainer!
An Efficient Command Center
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A well organized command center is truly life changing. Before becoming parents, we didn’t have the need for a family command center but as out toddler grows and accumulates more stuff our newly created budget friendly command center is a life saver.
An organised command center can make getting out the door on time so much more efficient. The command center pictured above from The Organised Housewife is a perfect example of a simple yet efficient hub to keep your family organized and on track.
It was the inspiration for the transformation we made to our entry way.
Command centers are a great place to store outdoor gear, shoes, backpacks, snow gear and anything and everything else you need when you leave your house.
Gone are the days of backpacks thrown around the house. Storing them all in one convenient place makes getting out the door early in the morning a breeze!
To build our command center we ordered the following pieces! We are so in love and blow away by how much more organised it has helped us become!
- Alaterre Shaker Cottage Coat Hooks – $102
- Chalkboard Mail & Letter Holder – $100
- Square Canvas Toy Storage Bins Basket – $11
- My Word! Don’t Forget to Be Awesome Today Wall Art – $10
A Lunch Routine
Packing school lunches day after day can become a chore am I right?
We brown bag lunch every single day and I know how overwhelming the process can become if you’re not used to it.
Apart from making sure you’ve got plenty of healthy and delicious food stocked in your home to put in your packed lunches you gotta keep things creative so as not to fall into a food rut.
If you’re looking for some inspiration for awesome, delicious and healthy school lunches to pack for your kiddos this school year have a look at Belly Full. There are literally dozens upon dozen of awesome ideas for making lunches your kids will love eating!
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Packing lunches quickly and making sure that the lunches you’re sending with your kids make it to school without leaks and spills requires some kid proof lunch gear.
Here are some awesome brown bagging lunch gear items that will make brown bagging it every day a mess free experience!
- THERMOS FOOGO Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel 10-Ounce Food Jar – $18
- WaterWeek Kids Reusable Water Bottle Set with Fridge Tray Organizer -$13
- Fit & Fresh Cool Coolers Slim Reusable Ice Packs for Lunch Boxes – $8
- PlanetBox ROVER Eco-Friendly Stainless Steel Bento Lunch Box – $80
- PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag with Zip Closure – $17
- Reusable Sandwich & Snack Bags – $19
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