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5 Back to School Organization Ideas for Your Home

It’s back to school time and life gets hectic again. Want to do things differently this year to cut out some of the time wasters and stress? Here are five back to school organization ideas that will help you keep your home organized and running smoothly.

1. Create a functional entry space to store (and hide) gear

Provide a place for everyone’s stuff as soon as they walk in the door. Image: Amanda Kirkpatrick Photo.

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Take control of clutter and chaos right at the entrance of your home, by creating an entry that catches everyone (and everything) before they get inside too far. Designate an area with a bench or seat for removing dirty shoes and other outdoor gear such as rain boots, jackets and umbrellas.

Add plenty of hooks to hang backpacks and jackets. Place labeled or color-coded baskets under the bench for each family member’s smaller items. Getting everyone in the habit of leaving all their stuff in their assigned spot will make leaving the house the next morning a little smoother.

Here are more entryway organization ideas:

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Plenty of storage on the walls and below the sitting area keep these homes’ entries organized. Images: Refined LLC and Standard Creative.

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Contemporary benches house baskets and bins. Images: Natasha Barrault Design and A3 Architects

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2. Create a designated kid’s breakfast and snack station

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These cereal and breakfast bars create an area that’s easy to access and low enough for kids to grab their own breakfast. Images: Justrich Designs and Brayer Design

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So you’ve managed to get the kids to be tidier by putting their things away somewhere they can find them again. But now they’re starving and the chaos moves to the kitchen. Why not designate a spot in the kitchen for their after-school snacks, morning breakfast and lunches?

Depending on the size of your kitchen, it can be as simple as the lower drawer of a cabinet to a full-on pantry or cabinet section complete with a mini fridge for drinks. If possible, choose a spot that isn’t in the way when you’re cooking or washing up. Keep bowls, utensils and lunch boxes in a lower area that’s easy for younger kids to reach. And keep it stocked with their favorite healthy cereals, snacks and drinks.

Here are some other ideas on how you can organize a kid-friendly snack zone:

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Clear bins placed in a shelf make it easy for kids to see and access after-school snacks. Image: I Heart Organizing

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Drinks and snack stations, complete with a mini refrigerator, are placed in a less-busy section of the kitchen. Images: DeGraw and DeHaan Architects and Morgante Wilson Architects

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3. Set up a kitchen homework spot

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A small, unused corner of a kitchen next to the pantry was converted into a small homework and office space. Image: Palmerston Design

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For the ultimate homework space, check out Freshome’s 30 back to school homework spaces. But the kitchen is the heart of the home and also a great area to set up a small homework spot. And you can make sure homework is getting done while you prepare dinner!

Here are some other ideas on how to convert a kitchen corner into a homework spot:

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These kitchen cabinets were converted into a small homework area that can hide behind closed doors when not in use. Images: TQ Construction and De Rosee SA

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Open wall shelving that can house homework, plates and cookbooks, paired with a barstool can function as a useful homework spot. Images: Kim Pearson and Roost Interior Design

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4. Get your laundry room sorted

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A luxuriously spacious laundry room features plenty of work space and storage options. Image: Colorado Space Solutions

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School clothes, towels and sports uniforms pile up fast throughout the week. Organize your laundry space with dirty laundry baskets labeled into darks, colors, lights and an emergency basket for items that are extra dirty and need immediate attention.

Ask everyone to throw their dirty laundry into baskets to save you time having to search under the bed or in gym bags for items that need washing. Save yourself even more time by placing clean items in …read more      

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