These back to school organization hacks for moms & kids make life so much easier! From morning routines to family command centers, homework stations, & fun DIYs these organization tips, checklists, hacks & free printables will make back to school a breeze!
Whether you have young kids, middle schoolers or teens, shifting into back to school mode is challenging after the summer break. Trust me; I know this: I’ve got three kids – 18, 11, 7 – and keeping up with their schedules, activities, homework & school supplies is often enough to drive me insane.
If you can relate, & all you want for Christmas is the early gift of peaceful mornings & relaxed evenings at home this school year these smart back to school organization hacks are the very thing to help you get there!
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Start A Week Ahead of the First Day of School
The first rule of re-establishing a morning routine: start a week or two before school starts! This will help you & your kids get out of the habit of staying up late & getting up early.
Make Breakfast Easy
Stock your freezer with a month’s worth of healthy breakfasts. You’ll be surprised how many you can put together in a few hours of prep & you will save yourself so much time in the long run! *Check out these 30 Easy & Healthy Freezer Meals
Make A Checklist
Write a list of everything your child needs to have ready for school the next day. We all know last-minute anything leads to stressful mornings & sometimes, tears.
- Homework Is Complete
- Clothes Are Laid Out: Includes shoes, socks, belt, hair accessories
- Lunch & Snacks Are Packed
- Backpack Is Packed
- Questions To Ask Your Child:
- Do you have any signed papers or forms due?
- Do you need money for XYZ field trip/special t-shirt, etc
- Is tomorrow crazy sock day? (Special dress up days have a way of sneaking up on us & ruining a morning:)
Laura from Sunny Day Family created a Kid’s Routine Free Printable that’s incredibly helpful.
While you’re getting prepared – go ahead & get this chalkboard first day of school sign printable from That’s What Che Said
Clothes By Day Back To School Organization Hacks
The idea of labeling outfits by day via Shelterness is a great morning time saver!
Learn how to make days of the week clothing dividers with unfinished door hangers, chipboard letters & chalkboard paint with this how-to from Uncommon Designs
Or organize the closet with this versatile days of the week organizer & keep clothes, shoes or games & activites in one neat space.
Grab a copy of the how to pack a school lunch printable via While He Was Napping & never run out of lunch ideas!
Create a school lunch station by dedicating a lower cabinet to everything lunch-related & make it easy for kids to make lunch all by themselves! Get the 411 on Design Improvised
Put school snacks in a fishbowl to make them easy to grab on the go.
Back To School Organization Hacks – Command Centers
Love this small space command center idea via My Fabuless Life with gold leaf clipboards!
Jenna Burger’s Family Command Center includes a place for kids VIP paperwork from school + a 2 month family calendar to keep up with everyone’s scheduled activities.
This DIY Command Center from One Creative Housewife uses one blank dry erase board & a one month calendar + bins to sort mail, a budget notebook & coupons.
Chalkboard paint on a kitchen wall + clipboards + wire baskets = an organized family idea via Lovely Etc
Another favorite back to school organization hacks is this school paper & memorabilia idea from i Heart Planners.
Get the 411 on your child’s teachers favorite things (& some super cool teacher’s gift ideas) with this free printable available here
Take a look at the incredible before & after pics of this homework station with a chalkboard wall via By Dawn Nicole
Small space? Not a problem! Check out this fold-out desk idea via Scrapbook Update
Looking for something for multiple kids? Modern Nest provides inspiration with this elegant & clean idea!
Or this bright & cheerful idea via Houzz
The DIY solution to keeping up with school supplies? A Lazy Susan Homework Station via Home Stories A to Z
Follow the steps on Simple Made Pretty to DIY a portable homework station using items from the dollar store.
Repurpose the old crib to create a homework station for younger kids like this clever idea from A Little Learning for Two
According to Jen at i Heart Organizing turning this closet into a designated homework space makes her son beg to do his homework! Score! Check out all of the fabulous details here
This rolling homework station is an Ikea Raskog kitchen cart hack with a place for all of the homework essentials via Smashed Peas & Carrots
Back To School Organization Hacks – School Supplies
Looking for a fun back to school DIY? Take a look at this school supply station using a wooden tray & few scrapbook covered tissue, cracker & brownie mix boxes! Find out how to do it on Sprinkle Some Fun
Organize crayons, colored pencils, paper clips & more in plastic boxes & drawers finished with chalkboard spray paint like this idea on The House of Smiths
Repurpose tin cans & save space by using magnets to hang via elsie marley
Get inspired to create a stylish homework caddy for older kids with this easy DIY via aunt peaches
Save space & keep up with ALL the school supplies on the cheap via A Bowl Full of Lemons
Keep the backpacks off of the kitchen table & in a designated space with this DIY project from A Mom’s Take
Or build the ultimate multi-purpose shelf to hang & organize backpacks, keys, coats – pretty much everything – with this tutorial from EvanandKatelyn