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Back-to-School Organization Ideas

Summer, sadly, is definitely over. That means that school is starting, and back-to-school craziness has ensued. Don't worry, we know your pain, and to help ease the transition from carefree summer to structured school, we've rounded up some great ideas to keep your house in order.

Preparing to send your kids to school can be overwhelming, especially since you've been relaxing all summer long. But no worries, we have some tips and tricks to help you get back into organization mode, and get the kids back on schedule. From some simple DIY tricks, to full-blown chore charts, we have some helpful hacks to keep your household running smoothly the entire school year. 


Chore Checklist:


via blog.landofnod.com

Getting back-to-school organized starts with having a bit of help around the house. With these easy templates from Honest to Nod, you can get the kids involved in your morning routine. Thanks to these checklists you can make sure that everything gets done and teach them a bit about responsibility along the way.


Homemade Scratch-off Chore Chart:

via notimeforflashcards.com

You can make chores even more fun by trying out this Homemade Scratch-Off Chore Chart from No Time For Flash Cards. Each box hides a chore that your kids can do to help you keep the house in order during the busy week. Your kiddos will be so excited to scratch off a chore, they'll want to hurry up and get through theirs!


Chore Reward Coupons:

via mamagetsitdone.blogspot.com

Of course, where there are chores there are rewards. Mama Gets It Done has some great ideas for reward cards for the kids instead of allowances. We're thinking about making our own, your choice dessert and pick a movie for family move night will be sure to make an apperance!


Mud Room Backpack Station:

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We've seen these all over Pinterest, so we just had to add them to our list. Hang up a cork board for every member of your family and a hook underneath to old backpacks and purses. You can leave eachother notes on the cork boards, or daily reminders. Your mud room has never looked more organized!


Customizable Mini Chalkboard Meal Planner:

via etsy.com

We hate the question "what's for dinner?" mainly because when we are busy, we can never plan more than a few hours in the future. With this Menu Board from Etsy, you can plan all your meals at the beginging of the week, and eliminate the need for your kids to ask (or make one yourself with a small chalkboard and some chalk pens). 


School Paper Organization:

via justanightowl.com

When school gets started again, you can be sure you will be getting a ton of papers from teachers. So instead of leaving them all over the house or in random folders, Just a Night Owl suggests keeping them organized in a file box (one for each child). You can reference back to any year, and be able to display good test grades on the fridge, and keep them for later.


DIY Toilet Paper Roll Caddy:

via curbly.com

Keep your sanity by keeping all of your markers in one place. This cute DIY from Curbly will help you to organize your pens and markers, but also decorate up your arts and crafts room a bit. Plus it's a great way to recycle toilet paper rolls!


Kids Daily Activity Organizer:

via amazon.com

Make sure that no one is throwing clothes all over their room rushing to get to school. This nifty closet clothing organizer from Amazon is great for kids to pick out their outfits at the beginging of the week, and be ready all the way through the weekend. It will save you so much extra time in the morning you might even want one for yourself!


Pegboard Organization:

via vintagepagedesigns.com

Another handy organizer, this pegboard DIY from Vintage Page Designs is great to keep all your ofie supplies in one place for the kids, and super organized. We're even thinking this might work nicely for a craft room, or in the garage to keep everything in place.


Back-to-School Homework Caddy:

via sandytoesandpopsicles.com

Make a homework station that your kids want to sit at, not a cluttered desk with little room to do anything. This Tin Can organizer from Sandy Toes and Popsicles would be great for the kitchen table, or a homework desk in your house! You can easily put it away if you have guests, and pull it out for your kids next big project. And you'll never be wondering where that glue stick went again!

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