SCHOOL’S IN SES­SION

BETH HUNTER, DEC­O­RAT­ING, CRAFT­ING AND DE­SIGN BLOG­GER OF HOME STO­RIES A TO Z, SHARES HER GO-TO TIPS AND TRICKS ON GEAR­ING UP FOR THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL SEA­SON!

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1. SNACK DRAWER STA­TION

Solve the stress of back-to-school lunch mak­ing by cre­at­ing a ded­i­cated lunch drawer filled with must have essen­tials— healthy grab and go snacks, sand­wich sup­plies, lunch bag­gies, pa­per nap­kins, plas­tic cut­lery and lunch box notes for your lit­tles ones to stay con­nected and of­fer words of en­cour­age­ment!

2. FAM­ILY COM­MAND CEN­TER

Get a jump on the back-to-school scram­ble by tak­ing some time to cre­ate a fam­ily com­mand cen­ter. This ver­ti­cal or­ga­ni­za­tional sys­tem helps keep track of your fam­ily’s weekly events, daily chores, pa­per clut­ter and more.

3. CAR LINE OR­GA­NIZER

Pre­pare in ad­vance for car­pool time by equip­ping the car with a back­seat car or­ga­nizer. Fill the pock­ets with ex­tra school sup­plies, tis­sues, wa­ter bot­tles and healthy snacks.

4. MO­BILE HOME­WORK CADDY

Don’t let home­work be way­laid by miss­ing sup­plies! Put to­gether a mo­bile caddy stocked with home­work essen­tials such as pen­cils, pa­per, scis­sors, col­ored pen­cils and glue sticks.

5. BACK­PACK STA­TION

Whether your home has a full mud­room or just the space for a few hooks on the wall, cor­ral back­pack clut­ter with a des­ig­nated back­pack sta­tion. Turn a sim­ple wall into a drop-zone by in­stalling dou­ble hooks that are great for hold­ing jack­ets too!

6. SCHOOL OUT­FIT OR­GA­NIZER

Avoid last minute in­de­ci­sion and morn­ing cloth­ing dis­putes with a cloth­ing or­ga­nizer. Let kids choose out­fits for the week ahead of time and place each day’s out­fit in a spe­cial bin, or on a la­beled hanger.

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