Storage & Organization
30 Fantastic Ways to Organize the House Before Back to School
Put a plan in place (before the chaos of back to school begins) with these smart ideas and products for your home.
How to Be Organized for School: Use an Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer
Put Up a Mail Organizer
Fill Glass Jars
How to be Organized for School: Use a Tiered Cake Stand for School Supplies
Create a Craft Peg Board
Make a K-Cup Caddy
File Your Fabrics
How to be Organized for School: Serve Up School Supplies in a Silverware Tray
Hang Galvanized Pails
How to be Organized for School: Utilize a Kitchen Cart
Knife Block Crayon Holder
Stack Bins the Easy Way
Organize Before Back to School: Create a Command Center
Create a command center or message center for your family. This is a good place to keep mail and bills you can’t tend to right away, store grocery lists and leave important notes. Add a calendar everyone can use and you’ll never miss an appointment or a child’s sports practice again. Get organized by building this handy message center.
Mudroom Doorway Drop-Off
The garage entry is a hot spot in Toni Hammersley’s home. So the brain behind abowlfulloflemons.net turned that space into an organization station. “The hooks are great for jackets and scarves, the basket for shoes, and the wall organizer for umbrellas,” she says. “When planning, I made a list of what needed to be organized and went with it.” The simple setup even keeps her kids in check. “The less our kids have to think about organizing, the more they are likely to do it.”
Mudroom Bright Ideas
- Hanging baskets for umbrellas and re-useable bags at an eye-level spot ensure that you never be without on a rainy day or grocery day.
- Plenty of coat hooks allow for everyone to have a spot to hang their seasonal clothing items.
- A large basket for shoes establishes a no-tripping zone in the mudroom and keeps the clutter at bay.
This story originally appeared in Country Woman Magazine.
Take that six-pack beverage carrier and turn it into a desktop organizer. You’ll need some duct tape, Mod Podge, a sponge brush and scrapbook paper to decorate. Use it to store pencils, pens, Crayons and markers. A six-pack carrier is also great for the fridge.
Next time you empty a store-bought spice container, rinse it out and use it to store small items. Try storing craft supplies such as beads, pins and buttons.
Mud Room Grab & Go Bags
- A car travel/restaurant tote filled with travel-friendly toys, quiet games, or projects the kids can do while waiting for dinner in a restaurant
- Dry-cleaning tote for clothes that need to be taken to the cleaners
- Library tote for your books and library card
We have a strict policy at our house about removing your shoes before entering the house. (It works most of the time.) Once we implemented the rule, the next problem was the clutter of shoes blocking the door. While I was looking at the coat rack in the entry, it dawned on me that I could do the same for shoes, so I built another one and hung it close to the floor. — Jimmy Keen. Get your mudroom organized with these 15 simple solutions.
Divide and Conquer
If there’s one thing a teen bedroom needs, it’s space to hang out. Simple shelves divide this room into sleeping and living space while maintaining a light and airy look. These 12 fresh ideas won’t have your teen complaining about a boring room.
Learn in Style
There will be less complaining about homework with an organized home office space for your teen. The dark wall color draws you in and the white wall decor, chair and desk, along with some well-placed pops of color, make this the perfect environment for studying.
Swing From the Rafters With Mesh Storage
Magnetic Office Supplies Holder
Check out the complete plans for a magnetic office supplies holder.
Turn-of-the-century office supply holder
A chore chart can become a good visual way to get kids to do their chores. They’ll be some satisfaction when they get to move the task to the completed column. Check out 12 other painless ways to get kids to do chores.
Stop scrambling for a homework assignment as you’re about to head out in the morning. Keep everything organized by subject with a homework organizer. It’ll help establish good organizational habits.
Divide by Size
Does your kid keep growing or do multiple children share a closet? Separate hanging clothing by size just like they do in the stores with closet rod dividers that you can label.
Keep Accessories Close By
Slip an accessory pocket over the back of a closet door to match socks, underwear, barrettes, hats and more ahead of time. You can purchase accessory pockets at Amazon.
Keep Socks Clipped Together
Keep pairs of socks with their mate, pajama sets or matched outfits together by using a small sock clip after laundry. This will help pairs stick together, even if they’re discarded on the ground. When winter comes, you’ll want to have one of these fun mitten drying racks around to keep them in pairs.
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