Organizing Tips For a Smooth Back to School Season

Thanks to Office Depot for sponsoring this post.

Back to School season is near and it’s time to get organized to prepare for the season ahead. Having a place for essentials that are easily accessible is key to having a smooth school year. Organizing is definitely not my strong suit, but there are a few projects and hacks that I’ve implemented in our home that have helped us tremendously. I couldn’t imagine how things would be if we didn’t have these. Still, there are some areas we definitely need to improve on.

Today, I want to share those projects all in one place plus some new items I picked up at Office Depot for this school year.

Command Center

The command center was the best project I’ve done to stay organized with the school flow. It was so necessary and it has evolved over the years. A year ago, I added a bookcase where we keep craft supplies, books, and the portable homework station. This year, I added a wall file and pocket system from Office Depot’s See Jane Work collection to our bulletin board. I designated this system for the papers from school and mail that keep making their way onto our kitchen table. The pileup drives me mad, so this is the solution. It’s also nice to have a central spot for phones and pens.

I also picked up a 12-pack of Sharpies, as they are essential for school projects and everyday labeling. Freezer meals, anyone?

Portable Homework Station

In our bookcase, we have a galvanized bin that Jayden can grab and take to the kitchen table or room of his choice to do his homework. Since we live in a small space, this was the best way we could keep all of his supplies together in one spot without his siblings getting to them.

Clothing Organization

With two boys sharing a dresser, I needed to divvy it up in a way that works best for their clothes. They each have one drawer to themselves and they share one drawer for PJ’s and another for underwear and socks. I divided their socks and underwear drawer using four plastic shoe boxes so that they each have one box for undies and one for socks. As simple as this little hack was, it still makes me proud.

Baby Shower Backdrops

Family Binder (In Progress) & Note Taking

Despite having some nifty systems, we still need a better solution to organizing paper. For those papers that we need to quickly grab without having to go into our heavy file box, a binder makes perfect sense. I grabbed the cutest tropical palm binder from Office Depot. I couldn’t resist the matching composition notebooks for writing out my to-do lists. I also grabbed some reinforced filler paper and a glitter 2-pocket folder for papers in transition like bills.

These are all great items to grab as you shop for the back to school season. Definitely check out items from Office Depot’s Divoga collections.They have some really cute items for everyone from tweens to – young adults! I hope you enjoyed these organizing tips! How are you getting ready for the back to school season? Do you have any hacks that help make the season run more smoothly?

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • Amy Desrosiers August 3, 2017 at 6:19 AM

    Now that I am going to have my own office, I totally need a command center to keep all my stuff straight.

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  • My Teen Guide August 3, 2017 at 1:39 AM

    I love getting my office and school supplies from Office Depot. Their pricing is very affordable too. I will copy the idea of setting up a command center. That would really keep thing more organized in this house.

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  • the cubicle chick August 2, 2017 at 11:15 PM

    These are wonderful ideas for back to school! Brilliant!

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  • Crystal August 2, 2017 at 10:39 PM

    It’s always tough adjusting back to the school grind. These will certainly help get work done and then get out the door in the mornings.

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  • Annemarie LeBlanc August 2, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    I like the sound of that “Command Center.” Even if I do not have small kids anymore, I still feel the need to have one like that at home to make my day go as smooth as possible. Thanks for the idea.

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  • Shannon Gurnee August 2, 2017 at 4:56 PM

    It’s so hard to believe that school starting is just around the corner! Office Depot is a great place for back-to-school shopping.

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  • Kiwi August 2, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    You did an awesome job with organizing and supplies for back to school season! I am a stationary girl too and love to coordinate designs.

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  • Janell Poulette August 2, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    I am going to literally being doing this because both of my kids start school this year and I am going to need something to keep us organized. i just got a dry erase board for the fridge and i need to do the drawer with the socks and diapers….great idea!

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  • Bridgette August 2, 2017 at 7:26 AM

    I love the idea of a family binder! I will have to start one!

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  • Rach Ferrucci August 2, 2017 at 2:19 AM

    Wow you are so organized! I can definitely use some of these for me and my stuff.

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  • Angela Milnes August 2, 2017 at 12:41 AM

    Giiiirrrrllll, where has this been my whole life?! I feel like life would be so much easier had I know about these organizing gold mines.

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  • Louise Bishop August 2, 2017 at 12:40 AM

    Oh wow, this is actually quite creative! I might do this for ALL areas in the house actually!

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  • Rosey August 1, 2017 at 9:22 PM

    The tropical binder is a good theme. We’re almost ready for back to school here…almost.

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  • Pam August 1, 2017 at 7:53 PM

    I love using different colored sharpies to denote different kinds of tasks in my planner. I need to pick up a 12 pack like that.

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  • Maureen August 1, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    I am all about getting organized, love your tips here. I am thankful for the reminder that I Need to get organize for smooth sailing back into school season!

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  • Liz Mays August 1, 2017 at 2:56 PM

    I’m liking the idea of a portable homework station. We’ve never tried having everything in a bin like that!

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  • Melissa Chapman August 1, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    I am not ready for the whole school crunch to start but your tips for kids and parents are very good. My kids are older but I could adapt the homework bin for high school an d middle school needs.

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  • Catherine Sargent August 1, 2017 at 2:28 PM

    These are great organizational tips. I wish I had been better organized when my son was in school, it would have made thing much easier. I really like the tropical palm binder.

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  • Bill Sweeney August 1, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    I love this idea of using small bins for socks and underwear. That’s perfect for the kids. And for me… Don’t tell anybody. LOL

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  • robin rue August 1, 2017 at 2:02 PM

    I am loving all of your tips. I am not in school mode yet because we have about 5 weeks of summer, but it’s coming up FAST.

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