Back to school. Those three little words mean so many different things to so many people. For some, it signifies the beginning of the next ‘grown up’ chapter. For others, it’s a jarring return to reality after a summer of adventure and fun. And for still others, it means finding a new routine for getting out the door on time and the organizational hurdles that come with homework and school projects and extracurricular activities. Today I’m sharing 7 of my favorite back to school organization tips and a SOURCE LIST of my favorite organizational products.
My kids come home with about 12,937 pieces of artwork a week. That’s a rough guess, but I think it’s pretty close. I have a system for the *really* good stuff. The framers. The cute notes. The exceptionally scrapbook-able stuff goes into a tupperware box like this. I have one per kid. But that still leaves about a zillion “works of art” that I can’t throw out. But, never fear… I gotcha covered!
I first fell in love with the old part of the house and the wide floor boards and the high ceilings. We haven’t painted in here so our stuff looks the tiniest bit out of place, but we just can’t do everything at once! One thing we *did* need was some added storage for the office. Neither Mark nor I do a ton of work from home, but any family with kids and pets and cars and a house ends up with lots and lots of paperwork and… stuff. Without a closet in site, I had to bring in some furniture to help with the clutter. What’s simpler in an office than a file cabinet, right? What’s uglier in and office than a file cabinet, amiright? I got to thinking that there must be a better way…
We all have that space. The one that made a sharp left turn months ago and is now just layer upon layer of all the crap that doesn’t really have a home. Honestly, there are about 12 of those spaces in our home, but over the holiday, I decided to tackle just ONE of them… the vortex under the sink in our master bathroom.
And… they’re OFF!! At least one of them is. Eleanor’s first day of school is today. In the past, it’s hit me with a sucker punch to the emotional gut. This year it’s been easier. Today she’s ready! Outfit picked out on Tuesday. Hair braided. Tooth missing. Ladies and gentlemen… we have ourselves a FIRST GRADER. You know what this first grader needs to bring to school? Like EVERY day? Lunch. I love lunch. But I HATE packing it. Have you ever looked on Pinterest for lunch box ideas? Don’t. It’s all sandwich rolls and bento boxes and cartoon shaped sandwiches and sooooo many colors. My kid won’t touch anything in the RO or GBIV spectrum of the color wheel… only the Y. Salad? Nope. Sliced red peppers? Definitely not. Edamame or sushi or multigrain anything. Nada. Needless to say, our lunch boxes tend to look like a neutral color wheel.
This year, I decided to delegate and try something new with the whole lunch thing. We’re going self serve. Boom.