11 organizing hacks for back-to-school

Start the year off right with these genius organizing hacks that will make your life easier and your child ready for school.

Start your routine early

Start the new morning routine with your child about a week before school actually starts. Encourage them to go to bed a little earlier than normal and wake up earlier as well.  By doing this, you’ll help them get acclimated to early mornings and getting ready in a flash. 

Get the bathroom in order

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Mornings about to be rushed so you’ll want to make sure the bathroom is in top organized shape. Section off areas for each family member’s necessities and keep communal items (like hair dryers or toothpaste) in easy reach. 

Start a family Google Calendar

I love my Google Calendar because it keeps everything in one place so I’ll never forget where I need to be. Start your own family email so you can add easily add your events and keep the whole family in the loop. 

Go grocery shopping on Sundays

Try grabbing all of the food you’ll need for the week on a Sunday. If you really want to be efficient, meal prep all of the lunches you’ll have to make on Sunday too. It’ll take a few hours, but it will be worth it when you don’t have to prepare food in the mornings. 

Organize the week's outfits ahead of time

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Deciding what to wear in the mornings can be a major waste of time. Prevent late mornings by sitting with your child on Sunday and help them pick out the outfits they want to wear for the week. 

Buy a file cabinet

We all know how easy it is for kids to lose important papers they bring home from school. Start a family file cabinet and sort each class by color. At the end of each day, ask your little one if there is anything that needs to be added to the cabinet. 

Prepare healthy after-school snacks

Beat the after-school munchies by offering healthy snacks. Check out our favorite snacks for kids or some fun Ants on a Log recipes. 

Have an epic closet clean-out

The new school year is a great time to donate the clothes that don’t fit anymore and clean up the closet. Make it a game of keep vs. toss and reward all of your hard work with a fun shopping trip together. 

Set up a dedicated homework area

Whether it’s in their bedroom or in a quiet space in the living room, try to carve our a designated homework are for your child. Set up rules with other family members stating that when someone is in the homework area, they are not to be disturbed. 

Pack a car organizer

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Add an organizer to the back of a front seat and fill it with all of the essentials: tissues, wipes, water bottle, juice box, on-the-go snacks or breakfast bars, and hand sanitizer. This will help your child finish getting ready (or eating) as you head to school. 

Snap a photo of your child's artwork

If you don’t have a place to store all of their masterpieces, take a photo with your phone and add to your Tinybeans album! You can make a beautiful Tinybeans photo book featuring all of their art at the end of the year. 

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