Figuring out now how to organize your room for back to school can make the transition back so much easier! Here are some of the best (and easiest!) tips for back to school room organization!
As a mom of three and former teacher, I know that back to school time comes up!
I’ve found that while many parents focus on the issue of summer slide, or kids retaining information from one school year to the next, one of the biggest back to school transition issues is routine and organization.
Back to school room organization is huge, because it plays such a big part in getting kids into a school mindset. One of the best ways to get ready for back to school is to have the space organized.
But figuring out how to organize your room for back to school is the question! Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks for getting things ready for the new school year.
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How to Organize Your Room for Back to School
Back to school is made a whole lot easier when things are organized. There are many ways to do DIY back to school room organization to save money and time.
Let’s face it, back to school can be just as, if not more, expensive as Christmas! Who knew shoes were so expensive?!
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Try some of the great ideas below to help get ready for school.
DIY Back to School Room Organization
Desktop Paper Holders are a Must
Keep your papers organized by creating a desktop paper holder out of a cereal box. Cut one side off the cereal box to make a tray.
Cover the box in contact paper, wrapping paper or even pretty duct or washi tape to make it look nice. Now you have the perfect spot to store important papers that you don’t want to lose.
You’ll Need Small Item Organizers
Using the cardboard from cereal boxes, create multiple smaller boxes. These can be used to hold paper clips and other small things you need for your desk. You could even tape or glue all of the tiny boxes together to make a large, sectioned desktop organizer if you wanted to.
Create a Pencil Holder
While many schools are now 1-1 technology schools, some don’t let kids bring home their tablets or computers – especially in the lower grades. In those cases, it’s even more important to have a separate container just for pens and pencils.
To make your pencil holder, use an empty, washed out can from canned fruit or vegetables. Remove the top of the can, making sure there are no sharp edges. I recommend a can opener like this one. It is inexpensive (under $10!), works great, and opens the can leaving no sharp edges.
After the top is removed and the edges are flattened, so they’re not sharp, cover the can in pretty paper or decorate it with decals and stickers.
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Make a Dry Erase Board
There are many ways to make dry erase boards, but the easiest is to use an inexpensive picture frame with a glass front. We buy them at the dollar store, so they’re really inexpensive!
Print out a calendar – weekly or monthly – that fits in the frame to go inside of it. If you want to replace the sheet of paper each month, you can use a calendar that is already dated. If not, print out a plain calendar. Put it behind the glass in the frame.
Now you can write on the glass with a dry erase marker and it comes right off! If you don’t need a calendar, add a decorative piece of paper in the frame and use the glass to write notes.
Have a Designate Spot for Bags
One of the keys to organization is that everything has a designated spot in the room. When you’re talking about organization for back to school, that means that your bookbag also has its own place. That could range from a hook on the wall, a bin on the floor by the desk, or even a cubby on a shelf.
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The trick is to make sure that the bag is easily accessible for doing homework and tucked away in a spot that keeps it organized. We use these heavy-duty over the door hangers for the kids’ backpacks because it uses that otherwise empty space and keeps things off the floor.
Create a Workstation
You’ve made all of those beautiful organizers for papers and small items, but where to put them? At your workstation, of course! When you are organizing your room for back to school, make sure you carve out a spot where work can get done. A desk, a small table, or even a standing desk are ideal.
While kids may want to sit on their beds and do some of their homework, it’s essential to have a hard surface available for them as well. Lap desks work great (here’s our favorite!), but they’ll need a spot to spread out as well. If the room is small, consider a folding wall table to save space but still provide that hard work surface.
Clean Clothes Clutter
Organizing your room for back to school also means cleaning out the things that no longer work or solve a problem in the space. In bedrooms, that means we’re looking at you, outgrown clothes!
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Take the time to go through all of the clothes in the dresser and closet to figure out what doesn’t fit, is out of style, or is no longer suitable for school or play. I suggest doing this before you go clothes shopping for the new school year because it will give you a better idea of what you already have and what you need to complete the wardrobe.
How to Organize Your Room for Back to School
Use the ideas above to create your own DIY back to school room organization haven and space that works well for studying and relaxing. The more organized you are before school starts, the easier the transition back will be.