It’s that time of year again; September, and it’s all about starting fresh. Our kids are equipped with new back-to-school outfits, snazzy backpacks and renewed motivation to succeed. They’re excited, we’re elated – it’s all a big, happy celebration. Until it isn’t.
As we say goodbye to leisurely summer days, we say hello to hectic mornings, piles of permission slips and the constant struggle of packing lunches and getting homework done. It can be overwhelming for the best of us. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up some DIY miracles to help create structure and ongoing organization in your back-to-school routine.
12 organizing hacks for the overwhelmed parent
SCHOOL PAPERWORK STORAGEThe endless piles of paper that come home with your child can be overwhelming. Get a handle on it from day one with storage bins and file folders. One bin per child, one folder per grade – your dream solution to storing report cards, school photos, tests and any other school work you want to hold on to for years to come.I Heart Organizing
PORTABLE HOMEWORK CADDYThis portable caddy makes doing homework possible in any room of the house. Stock it with supplies they might need, including scissors, pencils, pencil crayons, a ruler and a calculator. By making homework time accessible for the kids, you'll be limiting their potential excuses, too.Laura's Crafty Life
OR, DECK OUT A PERMANENT HOMEWORK SPACEThis DIY workstation makes us wish we had homework to do. Repurpose an old bookshelf and table to create two designated workspaces (with storage, to boot). Great for little ones who share a bedroom, or for making the most out of the space in a central area of the home.Hometalk
MONDAY-FRIDAY CLOTHES ORGANIZERThe daily “what should I wear?" struggle gets old fast. Give yourself a break and have outfits organized for the week ahead using a plastic storage unit with labeled drawers. Remember, simplifying their morning routine means simplifying your morning routine.The Boy's Store Blog
KIDS' LUNCH CABINETMake it easier for you and your kids to pack lunches by setting up a special school lunch cupboard. Include lunch bags, thermoses, containers and easy-to-grab snacks that can be quickly portioned out.I Heart Organizing
FRIDGE BASKETJust like having a school lunch cupboard, a basket or container in the fridge filled with ready-to-pack snacks like portioned out fruit and veggies, cheese and yogurt will erase the stress that comes along with packing lunches.I Heart Organizing
AFTER SCHOOL ROUTINE CLOCKWhen it comes to being (and staying) organized, the after school routine can either make or break us. Keep the whole family on track and aware of the night ahead by visually time-blocking a central clock in the house, or customizing a clock for each child (and maybe your spouse, too).Mommy Moment
CENTRAL COMMAND WALLIf this doesn't give you the organizing tickles, we don't know what will. Keep track of loose papers, upcoming appointments, homework assignments, chores and grocery lists with this central command centre. Not only key for back-to-school time, but for keeping the whole family in check year-round.Jenna Burger Design
BACKPACK STATIONBack-to-school time is often associated with clutter – but it doesn't have to be. Create a designated spot for backpacks, library books and other take-home papers in a front hallway or mudroom. Simply affix hooks and paper holders to the wall then personalize for each child.bebe a la mode designs
CHORE CHARTThere are already back-to-school routine changes happening – why not implement a fun chore chart, too? Use labeled magnets and painted baking trays for a hands-on approach to tracking chore completion. The kids will just be happy that you're honouring them with new responsibilities (and their very own dustpans).A Spotted Pony
BATHROOM CADDYSimplify the morning routine with a helpful bathroom caddy. The clear, visual reminders of what to do (and in what order to do it) will make getting ready for school a breeze during hectic mornings.Systems for Sensory Kids
ARTWORK DISPLAYSo, you've nailed down organization – until your kids start bringing home mass amounts of artwork. Before stowing it away in a drawer or logging it using Artkive, display a few pieces at a time in their very own mini bedroom galleries. Attach a bar (or towel rack) to the wall and use clips (or clothespins) to hang art.Ask Anna