You would think with over four years of back to school preparations under my belt that I’d have it down to a science, but I don’t. What I do know is that being organized does make it easier. Today I’m sharing some organization hacks that will make back-to-school a breeze.
Make Back-To-School A Breeze With These 5 Organization Hacks
Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and Mabel’s Labels/ Bear Paws and have received compensation for this post. All opinions in the post are my own.
- Homework Area + (Mobile Caddy)
I won’t front, 4th-grade homework is not something I’m looking forward to. One of the issues I had with my son last year is that when it came time for homework, he suddenly had no pencil to write with, his ruler and eraser went missing. We usually spent 10-15 minutes just locating the supplies he needs. I found a solution to that problem on Pinterest. This year I’m setting an area (other than the kitchen table) along with a mobile caddy (in case he does end up at the kitchen table) with all the supplies he will need to get his homework done.
Search “caddy” on Amazon.
More Organization Hacks
- Lay Out Clothes for the Week
Seriously, if you have kids in school, setting out their clothes for the week is a must! Last year I started setting his clothes out the night before, and although that did work, there were nights when I did forget. The most efficient way is to set the clothes out for the entire week. Pants, undies, socks, and shirt x 5 and you are done! I bought this inexpensive closet organizer from Amazon that helps keep all his clothes for the week in order.
- Plan meals ahead of time
Meal planning was a huge success for me last year, and I plan on doing it again this school year. Not only is it a HUGE time saver, but it also helps you save money. Search Pinterest for family friendly meal ideas.
- Create a daily checklist printable
A daily list is gold! Especially when your kids are old enough to do most of it by themselves. You can create a printable list and add things like; brushing their teeth and making sure they have their homework and school supplies in their backpack. I created a checklist on Canva.com. Feel free to use it.
Download the free Daily Planner.
- Create a Lunchbox/Snack drawer.
Two years ago I started using the catering service for my son’s lunch. Best decision ever! We get a monthly menu list that he gets to pick from, and I don’t have to stress about packing lunches. I only have to worry about packing a few snacks. Just get a basket from the dollar store and fill it with the snacks that will be needed for the week. I put mine in a small Ziploc bag that he can just grab and throw in his backpack every morning. One of the snacks that my son really loves is Bear Paws. They are peanut-free which make them the perfect choice for a nutritious snack. Plus they are delicious! I could eat a whole box of the Banana and Molasses (my fave). I always get extra to snack on at home.
Get already Mabel’s Labels for your child’s school supplies. I’ve been using them for my son for the last 3+ years, and I love them! They are durable, dishwasher safe and you can get so many fun designs. I remember the one year I didn’t get labels on time and I had to manually write his name on all his school supplies (I got Demo to do most of it lol) – Not fun!
Bear Paws and Mabel’s Labels has teamed up this year to offer a 5$ off coupons when you purchase select Bear Paws across Canada.
Hope you found my back-to-school organization hacks useful! Would really like it if you could share.