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How to Stay Organized in the New School Year

motherhoodUpdated August 15, 2022

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Another new school year is about to start, which means everyone is getting back into the swing of things. Being organized once school begins means less chaos for parents and students alike! I am a mother and a teacher, so I truly understand the importance of making sure everything runs smoothly throughout the week. Planning and organizing before the week begins will set the tone in a positive way!

It takes a little extra work on the weekend that you will be glad is done once the week rolls around. I have found through experience that going the extra mile to make sure everyone is organized and on the same page truly makes all the difference. By implementing a few simple habits and practices, you will have the most organized school year ever! 

How to Stay Organized for the School Year

Start Planning

I know everyone has a calendar on their cellphone, but I truly believe in having things written down as well. So, I save important events and dates into my Google Calendar, followed by writing them down in a planner. The daily, weekly, and monthly combination planners are so easy to throw in your purse or bag for work. This means they are with you at all times to help you stay organized with what is happening.

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Erin Condren Day Planners

Life in Little Squares Planner

Create Your Own Design Planner

Metallic in Bloom Daily LifePlanner Duo

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Erin Condren is a great choice for a personalized planner. You can customize the colors, name/title, and even add your own photos to it! They come in two separate bound 6-month books. These planners include extras like stickers, productivity pages, and quotes.

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Target Day Planners

The Happy Planner

2022-23 18 Month Academic Planner 7

The Home Edit Planner

2022-23 Academic Planner Weekly/Monthly Matte Bookbound 5

Sugar Paper Pink Stripe Planner

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My other favorite place to pick up a portable planner is Target. There are a variety of different brands and styles. They are all extremely affordable as well!

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Wall Calendars

Sugar Paper Glass Dry Erase Calendar

Sugar Paper Wall Calendar

Bloom Daily Planners Wall Calendar

bloom daily planners 2022-2023 Academic Year Desk Calendar

Large Professional Desk Calendar

Acrylic Monthly Wall Calendar

Dry Erase Wall Calendar

Dry Erase Calendar Decal

Framed Magnetic Dry Erase Wall Calendar

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A monthly wall or desk calendar is a great option to keep the entire family organized at home. Place it in a central space that all members have access to. This will make it easy to add events and important times to the calendar.

A more modern approach to the monthly calendar is a dry erase option! They are not only aesthetically pleasing but also easy to change since you can erase them.

Get Organized

Although every family may not have a separate workspace for homework, you can still create a functional and organized space! Having the supplies on hand that are needed will help kids get started tackling the homework much quicker. Storing these supplies in a caddy will make it easy to move them, especially if you do not have a dedicated homework station.

How to Stay Organized in the New School Year

This caddy has eight separate plastic bins that you can fill with anything your child needs to get their homework completed. The bins do come out individually for easy usage but can easily be put back into the caddy to keep it organized.

How to Stay Organized in the New School Year

A larger and truly mobile homework station supply organizer is a rolling cart. I love these because you can roll them into a closet when you are not being used. This cart comes in 14 different colors, but the rose gold is my personal favorite!

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Homework Supplies

Crayola Colored Pencils

Crayola Crayons

Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers

Crayola Washable Markers

Paper Mate Pencils

KAISA Loose Leaf Paper

Oxford Loose Leaf Paper

4-Pack 12-Inch Plastic Ruler

Ticonderoga Wedge Erasers

Sharpie Liquid Highlighters

Handwriting Paper

Supply Box

Electric Sharpener

Dry Erase Board

Scissors

Construction Paper

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I recommend stocking your homework caddy with essentials like crayons, colored pencils, markers, paper, erasers, rulers, highlighters, and pencils. Other items that might be good to have one hand include a pencil sharpener, construction paper, glue, tape, scissors, index cards, sticky notes, and a dry erase board with markers.

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Portable Desks

The Surf Portable Lap Desk

Kids Lap Desk Tray

Portable Lap Desk With Pillow

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If you do not have a dedicated desk for your student to work at, think about using a portable lap desk instead! It can be used anywhere throughout your home and easily stored when not in use. You can also set up a dedicated area at your table or kitchen island if that better suits your needs!

Prep for Lunches and Snacks

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Meal Planning

What to Eat Notepad

Sweetzer & Orange Magnetic Meal Planner

Pearhead Meal Planner Pad

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I highly recommend writing down what lunch will be each day of the week on Sunday. Whether it’s a Lunchable, leftovers, or lunch money for the cafeteria—planning it out in advance will save a lot of chaos. Check the school menu and if your student eats lunch in the cafeteria, then make sure they have money in their account or an envelope ready to go. Do the grocery shopping on the weekend if possible to make sure you are stocked for the week ahead. Plan your dinners out to ensure you will have leftovers if you intend to use those as lunches. In addition, I have found that if we write down our menu for the week ahead of time, we are much more likely to stick to it and eat out less.

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Lunch Boxes

Jayden Pink Lunch Box

Jayden Gray Lunch Box

Grey Camo Lunch Box

Mackenzie Gray Classic Camo Reflective Lunch Boxes

Mickey Mouse Lunch Box

Insulated Lunch Box

Astronaut Lunch Box

Shark Print Double Insulated Lunch Box

Lavender Floral Lunch Box

Mackenzie Lavender Floral Blooms Lunch Boxes

Waterproof Name Labels

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Once you have it all planned out, then it is time to pack the lunches. I highly suggested doing this the night before instead of the morning of! I love a personalized lunchbox so that if/when it does end up in the lost and found, your child will easily be able to find it since it has their name on it. Another option is personalized name stickers. We use these and they are washable and stay put even once they go through the washing machine.

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Bento Boxes

Bentgo Kids Prints

Bentgo Kids Prints

Bentgo Kids Chill Lunch Box

Bentgo Classic All-In-One Bento Box

Bentgo Stainless Steel Bento Box

Bentgo 4-Compartment Lunch Box

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Using bento boxes is the perfect way to keep all the food organized and in one place when you pack the lunch! We use the Bentgo Chill Boxes and love the space they offer for food. They also have a separate frozen ice pack you slip on. The entire thing is easily cleanable in the sink or can be put in your dishwasher. They’re highly durable and will last for years! I have three of them, so I can pack multiple lunches at once for my son.

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Keep Cool & Hydrated

Bentgo Buddies Reusable Ice Packs

Bentgo Ice Chillers

Unicorn Soft Freezer Pack

YETI Kids Rambler

Camelback Insulated Bottle

Contigo Trekker Kids Water Bottle

Hydro Flask Kids

Contigo Kids Water Bottle

CamelBak Kids Water Bottle

Reduce Water Bottle Kids

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It is also a great idea to include a reusable water bottle to make sure they stay hydrated! There are many different brands and styles to keep water cold all day long. We personally love the Yeti Kids Water Bottle since it has a straw cap and is easy to clean. I’ve included some other kid favorites that are perfect for kids of all ages! Most of these styles can be engraved with their name or initials. Another great option is a washable sticker label!

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Snack Attack Organization

Back Seat Organizer Caddy

Hanging Pocket Organizer

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Everyone is typically hungry when they come home. Make sure you have snacks easily accessible! Have a basket of them in the car if the trip home is lengthy to avoid stopping to pick up snacks. At home, I like to organize my snacks inside my pantry door using an over-the-door shoe caddy! I stick the snacks in the pockets so everyone can easily see what is available. This keeps it all organized and helps keep the pantry neat.

Things To Do The Night Before

1. Check the calendar for any events the next day. Be sure to speak with babysitters, partners, grandparents, etc., to ensure everyone is on the same page about drop-offs and pick-ups.

2. If there are any sports practices/games or dance lessons, be sure the bags are packed and ready for those. Even put them in the car!

3. Check folders for important notes and make sure everything is signed. Pack backpack and place by the door or in the car.

4. Check the weather. Find out if you will need a jacket, rain boots, or umbrella.

5. Have the entire family pick out their outfit down to the underwear, socks, and shoes, keeping the weather in mind.

6. Decide what breakfast will be to reduce wasted time in the morning.

7. Make sure you have enough gas in your car. It always sounds like a good idea to stop by the gas station in the morning, but I promise you it never is! Just go ahead and get it done.

8. Go to bed at a reasonable time to ensure a good night’s rest for all. Set your alarm for plenty of time in the morning to get out the door!

Hopefully, these must-haves and tips will come in handy in helping you prepare for the best school year yet!

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