Welcome back to Part Two of the Back To School Series, which is a collaboration between myself and Hailey at Organise It All. If you missed the first two instalments, jump on back to the blog and check them out. You can find Hailey’s here and mine here.
Today Hailey is going to share with us how she organises her school clutter.
Well hello everyone, and welcome back to Part Two of my Back To School Series. We are now less than 3 weeks away from the first day of school. How on earth is this going so quickly? I mentioned last week my eldest it starting kindergarten this year and in all honesty I’m crying on the inside. I’m told this passes quite quickly though. Although I’m extremely anxious about the whole thing, I know that Master B is more than ready for school. And he is totally excited about it too. So I’m keeping myself busy by getting us all organised for when the craziness begins.
Today I will be sharing with you all how I plan to keep all the school clutter organsed once my little one starts school. You know what I’m talking about, those nessecary items that your kiddo’s need – but totally cause chaos within the home. The school bags, shoes, hats, coats, uniforms, lunch boxes and school papers.
I have been working on an update in our entry to accommodate all these extra items as well as setting up a few systems to keep the clutter at bay.
In order to teach my son a little independence I have made “setting out uniform” part of his night time routine. I have placed this basket in his bedroom, where his entire uniform can be set out ready each night. The school uniform is easy wear polo shirts and there will be no ironing involved. (#mumgoals) So I wont need it all on hangers either. His school uniform will be neatly folded in the basket ready for the following morning.
Lunch boxes have been driving me absolutely batty for the last 12 months. My husband takes two separate lunch boxes / cooler bags to work and my son has been using one for pre school as well.
When they walk in the door they are brought into the kitchen to be emptied and cleaned. Then they end up scattered all over the kitchen bench and then being picked up and moved around every time they get in the way. I have a very small Tupperware cupboard so they can’t be stored there. So I decided that I would buy a basket to store them all in, so I don’t have to look at them.
Now they have a place to call home. The pretty basket has a spot on the kitchen bench tucked away in the corner. And now the lunchboxes will stop getting in my way once and for all.
I like the idea of keeping these school papers separate so I know I only have one place to look for permission slips, home readers and canteen order forms. When anything comes home from school it will go straight to my desk file. Any important dates are added to the calendars. Any permission slips are filled out and are put in the blue school pocket. And any artwork that I am keeping is put into my keepsakes file.
Shoes and Schoolbags
This would have to be my favourite part of my home organisation series. I have been thinking about how I can organise my entry to accommodate school clutter for about a year now- yes really, a full year. I will share the entire makeover process at a later date but this is what I have come up with that works with the space we had available.
In the past I had all of our shoes stored in a clear plastic tub under a hall table that we used to have and it always looked a mess. I recently purchased this shoe storage cabinet from Ikea that holds all of our shoes. I love it because all of our shoes fit inside and all of the visual cutter is gone. The kid’s shoes are stored in the bottom as it is easier for them to access as well as stash their own at the end of each day.
We have also recently installed board and batten in our entry that hold 6 double coat hooks. This will be the place to store school bags, hats, jumpers and jackets. These extra hooks will help keep things organised and off the floor.
I feel like things are finally coming together and we are almost ready for school. By having all of these systems in place before the term begins, I am hoping that it will make the transition – for all of us – a little smoother.
Check back in next week for the last installment in the back to school series.