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20 Organization Tips for a Low-Stress School Year

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Start the school year off right with these 20 back-to-school home organization tips. Set up a homework station before school starts where the kids can get their work done. Color code school binders and activity sports bags to make it easier to get out the door in the morning. Find out tips for keeping track of all those school papers, getting off to school on time and how to make sure that the school year starts smoothly.

1. Family Bulletin Board

Set up a family bulletin board to keep things organized throughout the week.

2. Homework Station

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Image Source: Centsational Girl

Designate a homework station where the kids can sit down and focus to get it all done.

3. Important Papers

Create a filing cabinet before the year starts of important school papers from throughout the year. You can make one section for important papers that need immediate attention and then another for special papers you want to keep (like art projects).

4. After-school Snack Station

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Image Source: Studio 5

Before they come rushing into the door to eat you out of house and home, create a snack station they can pick from to avoid spoiling their dinner appetite.

5. School Cubbies

Use sturdy boxes to make cubbies for the kids. This can be a place where they can have their backpacks, homework supplies and even shoes ready for the next morning.

6. Hair Station

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Image Source: Nefotlak

Set up a designated hair station to make finding hair clips and hair ties easier the mornings before school.

7. Lunch Money

Turn blank envelopes into lunch money envelopes, where you can clearly write where the money goes when the kids get to school.

8. Backpack Station

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9. Daily Reminders on the Door

Put magnets or sticky notes on the back of the front door so you don’t forget anything on your way out.

10. Checking as You Go

Set up a list of homework for the day. Have your child pull out the materials for the first subject and when that is done, she or he puts it away immediately. This keeps things from getting lost or left out of the backpack.

11. Family Calendars

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Image Source: Love from the Oven

Make your own whiteboard to function as a family calendar so that everyone knows what is happening during the week.

12. Weekday Outfits

Get the printables for these weekday tags to separate their clothes for each day.

13. School Supplies Caddy

Set up a caddy filled with extra school supplies, so if they run out at school they can replenish them at home. Have it also double as a homework caddy!

14. DIY Key Holder

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Image Source: Pretty Prudent

Make yourself a key ring and hang it by the door. This will keep you from losing it and racing to find them before school.

15. Art Project Organization

Keep a few art projects on display and fill a bin with the other ones. Don’t decide which ones to toss or keep yet, accumulate them all throughout the year and over the summer you can sort back through and decide.

16. Summer Clothes Organization

To make room for all the new clothes, start by putting some of your summer clothes away for the winter.

17. Borrowed Basket

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Image Source: RH Baby and Child

Have a basket set near the door for stuff the kids have borrowed from other friends, the library, etc.

18. Late Night School Projects

Don’t stress the night before a project, by stocking up on project supplies during the back-to-school sales. Keep them stashed away in a special place.

19. School Days Checklist

Print out these checklists to keep everything in order for each day, week, and month the kids are in school.

20. Shoe Organizer for Supplies

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Image Source: A Bowl Full of Lemons

Fill a shoe organizer with school supplies that you have at home.

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