My mind is filled with lists: school supplies, lunches, snacks, conference times and open houses. Starting school is a whirlwind of paperwork and emails. I’ve color coded my calendar, hung new hooks for backpacks, labeled lunch items, and attended events at two different schools.
All in an effort to attempt to organize this new life we are headed towards I’ve been setting up command center type areas. I thought I would share some inspiration I’ve found to help me head off the avalanche of school stuff.
Command Centers – Check out these inspiring command centers and then I will show you my solution below.
Paper Command Center by Homey Home Design
Homework Station by Mom 4 Real
I love the idea of having everything in one place, but for our house it worked out better to split it up a little bit. My chalkboard calendar wall is our main command center area. It has the calendar, plus a fabric covered corkboard, plus room to keep track of our freezer meals. I started color coding with our chalk, each child has their own color and family stuff is white. That makes it even easier to see what’s happening in our world.
Backpack Hooks and File Folders – I placed hooks at the kids level on the wall right next to our shoe closet. It should add a nice flow to coming home from school. I’m also going to hang a wall file and color code it as well for their folders and paperwork.
Homework Station and Art Gallery Wall – I believe that children should be proud of what they create and I want to inspire them to create more so I wanted to give them a space to hang their artwork from school. I’m going to add another row above the ones hanging already. Once it’s full then they can decide what they are ready to switch out.
I’m having them share a homework desk which I may end up regretting. But since we homeschooled they are used to seeing each other all day long and I think they are going to miss each other. We’ll see how it pans out!
Lunch Organization – I really like the idea to have buckets of lunch items in the pantry and refrigerator. I want my kids to be responsible for packing most lunches and this would make it pretty easy. They can even help me fill the buckets.
Lunch organization by I Heart Organizing
I feel like having these little areas in place will make my life seem easier once we are in the swing of things.
What are your best back to school tips?