Back to School {Everyday Made Easy}

Simple and practical tips for making back to school and beyond much easier for kids and parents.

It’s that time of year again when the kiddos are heading back to school. My son is in grade 12, so he’s pretty self-sufficient. Over the years, I’ve stepped back more and more, allowing him to share a bigger portion of the day-to-day responsibilities that come along with getting to and from school and everything else in between. Basically, if I keep the fridge and pantry stocked with healthy food, he’s good to go!

Although we’re at the far end of the spectrum in our house, I realize that many of you have younger kids. It’s an exciting time, but back to school can also be stressful making sure outfits are just right, lunches are packed, and everyone is ready to go out the door on time.

To make the transition from summer break to school much easier, I rounded up some kid-friendly recipes, clothing solutions, organizing ideas and more. Setting up some daily and weekly routines can make all the difference in how smoothly things go on the first day of school and beyond.

Back to School Ideas

Jen over at IHeart Organizing has gone over and above to make sure getting her three small kids off to school is undemanding. I love how clothes are planned out for the week on Sundays and lunch and snack baskets are kept in the fridge for easy grabbing. Very clever!

Organizing Kid's Clothes for the Week {IHeart Organizing}

Courtney from A Thoughtful Place had them same idea when organizing her daughter’s closet for back to school.

Organized Kids Closet With Weekday Labels for Back to School

Linda from The Organic Kitchen shared all kinds of ideas for healthy back to school lunches.

Healthy Back to School Lunch

Trish from Uncommon Designs simplified lunch packing by putting a school lunch station. So smart!

School Lunch Station

Not sure what to do with the papers that come home from school? Danyelle from Dandee created a school papers + memorabilia system that is simple, yet effective at clearing up the clutter.

Sarah from Applestone Drive put together a budget-friendly kid’s backpack station. This designated zone helps keep all the school stuff in one place and is straightforward for the kids to use.

Back in my son’s elementary school days, I put together a homework supplies box. It held all the supplies he could ever need to stay focused and get done quickly. Usually he had some sort of after-school activity he needed to get to, so the less distractions, the better. We still use a homework box, but the supplies are a little different now.

Create a Homework SuppliesTote

If you want to take this idea even further, Simply Organized has fantastic tips for creating an organized homework station.

Kids Homework Station

Finally, don’t forget to label everything!

What have you found to help you be more organized on school days? Any tips or tricks for busy parents?

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Enjoy your day!

Shauna at Satori Design for Living Blog - Home Decor, DIY, Vintage Finds, Recipes

One Comment

  1. Great ideas, Shauna! My kids are too young for school yet, but I definitely see the value in these organizing ideas. Mabel’s labels – What a fantastic idea to have labels that are dishwasher, microwave and laundry safe!
    Sandra from

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