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TMF: Back-to-School Organization Made Easy

Back-to-school season is the perfect time to hit refresh on your routine.

…But juggling buying school supplies, retraining your tweens to wake up early, registering for fall sports and extracurriculars, and figuring out who picks up whom and takes them to what makes it a liiiittle hard to find the time to get organized.

To get you started, we’re winnowing it down to a couple helpful hacks to keep your home and car organized.

Make a work space. Homework isn’t always fun, but having a separate space to work that’s clean, bright, and well-organized can go a long way. We would have loved to have a compact shelf like the one above that Sarah S. arranged for her son!

“As a homeschool mom I know how important it is to separate home and school.  Having a designated space just for learning really helps the school day flow better.  This also goes for traditional school homework assignments.  Choose a space that is away from where the rest of the family hangs, away from distractions and clean/organized.  It helps the homework go faster.” Sarah S.


Prepare for pickup. We know that going back to school also means going back to baseball / soccer / girl or boy scouts / dance lessons / piano lessons… the list goes on and on. And that means there’s a lot of time spent in the car, zipping from one thing to the next. Instead of creating a disaster zone, Layne H. added these handy baskets to her vehicle to solve any problem that might arise.

“From experience, I know it doesn’t take long for my clean car to start looking like an annex to the city dump. Leftover wrappers, forgotten school papers, and dirty gym socks hide under the seats until one fateful day—usually when you’ve offered someone a ride—you open the car door and realize the entire floor is covered with leftover boys-in-a-hurry stuff. … But this year, I put together a road-runner car kit. I found a cute basket in a happy color that fits between the seats. It holds tissues for noses that need attention, sanitizing wipes for fingers that must be cleaned, and a stash of packaged snacks that can stand the heat.”Layne H.


Beyond these little improvements, we suggest family calendars for coordinating, whiteboards for notes, and maybe a cup of tea (or something stronger) at the end of the week.

What else do you do to get back into the swing of things in the fall? Share your best back-to-school hacks and tips in the comments below!

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Christine Sickley

I don’t like things unorganized and messy sometimes it me the whole day to get things done

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Belinda Faught

I like to keep things organized and have a “file” for each child to use for things that need signing or my attention.

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Chanel

We set our clothes and shoes out the night before, it saves time & hassle in the mornings.

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samantha erlenbach

We share a study and work place so I provide some cute items to motivate them to put their things away just like in the pictures

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amy M bowling

Yes always stay organized and prep the night before and if you know the kids have extra curricular activities don’t forget the crock pot mom’s best friend. Also always take your own snacks to games because it’s cheaper and you can pack healthy snacks!

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Mary Baker

Just prepare the night ahead. Set the alarm a little early if you need some extra time before getting the kids around. Works nice to have some quiet me time before the hectic morning routine starts.

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Beverly

Everything is put by the door the night before and they grab and go. No issues getting out the door.

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