Every year it’s the same thing, I stand in long lines to spend a small fortune on school supplies. This year I decided to do something a little different. I decided to start my back to school shopping at home.
We have what I like to call a “homework station”; it’s a three drawer plastic drawer system that is supposed to contain everything my kids might need in the event of homework, spontaneous creativity, or reluctant learning. Whether or not these three drawers contained everything they needed, no one knew. It had become a veritable hodgepodge of everything my kidlets never wanted to put away. While I give my kids credit for not stowing even one Hot Wheel car in there, I did find a mass of broken crayons, tons of Leggo pieces, and a few dusty goldfish crackers.
As we gear up to go back to school next month, organizing the homework station has been on my list of things to do. As I scoured the house yesterday for even one working pen, I realized the homework station was the place to start. I simply had to organize that darn thing if they were ever going to stop stealing every last writing utensil.
Armed with my trusty friends and organization lifesavers, Ziploc bags I was ready to get started.
Now this is the part where I give it to you straight. Organizing the homework station was not fun. It took forever to separate the crayons from the pencils, the doodle papers from the blank papers, and round up every last glue stick (I had 8!). Snack bags worked perfectly for organizing small items like erasers and pencil lead while storage bags worked great for larger items like 3+ lbs. of crayons. Suddenly it was all there, kid’s scissors, rulers, flash cards, and so much more! I quickly realized as I began to sort and organize that this mama does not, I repeat, does not need to go shopping for back to school supplies. In fact, I could open a mom and pop office supply store.
All I need to do now is fill a couple pencil boxes I already had with supplies from my home-based office supply store and my kids are all set! What’s even better, I was able to consolidate the homework station so well with the help of Ziploc bags that I freed up an entire drawer! Now important papers and study materials have someplace to go!
Before you head off for those back to school supplies, I recommend rounding up your home’s supplies with the help of Ziploc bags. Chances are you’ll be surprised by what you don’t need!
Do you house tons of unorganized office supplies?
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