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25 Back To School Organization Ideas

25 Back To School Organization Ideas





Back to school season is just around the corner and it doesn’t have to be complicated or chaotic. These days, kids need so many more supplies than before. But it is possible to have a stress-free school year with some good organization.

Check out these incredible back to school organization ideas for inspiration!

Back to school season is just around the corner. Stay organized all year with these 25 back to school organization ideas!

Box Tops Reminder Magnets  – Keep this ongoing project moving all year long with cute, easy, reminder magnets for your fridge and freezer.

DIY Homework Stations –  If you have a spare room to designate a homework station, the better. Use large cork boards for the kids to display their work and charts.

First Day Of School Signs – Be sure to capture the moment with grade year signs.  Now you’ll never how to guess which year is from which picture.



Star Wars R2-D2 Pencil Holder – Get crafty and make fun pencil holders for homework time.

Chalkboard Back To School Clipboard– Keep a “to do” list handy and in plain sight for reminders each day.  Make it colorful and fun for kids to use daily.

Back To School Clothing Swap – Put together an informal event with friends and family before school starts.  What a great way to get “new” clothes for your kids without spending money.

Lazy Susan Homework Caddy – Easily build a durable and cost friendly place for pencils, crayons, scissors, etc. to keep supplies in one area.



Magnetic Locker Pencil Holder – Your kid will always have a pencil or pen handy with this adorable holder that hangs right inside their locker.

Paper Clutter Organization  – Keep school papers off kitchen tables and counters by hanging up magazine rack  Make it easy access for your kids to reach and put their papers and artwork.

Library Book Basket – Never search for a library book again by creating its own basket on your bookshelves at home.

Bullet Journaling 101 – Create your own journal just for the school year and all the important events that happen throughout the year.


Clothespin Word Note Clips – What a cute and crafty way to use clothespins!  Such a fun way to keep school papers and forms that need to be signed all together.

Days of the Week Closet Organizers – Use this great hack to keep your kids school outfits organized and ready to go each morning.

Back To School Command Center – Make a place in your home “Grand Central” for everything school supplies.  This is a bigger project, but with really big results.

School Paperwork Storage – File boxes and binders can help create excellent storage for everyone’s papers, projects, and keepsakes.



Easy School Planning Wall – Using colorful Post-It notes you can arrange your kids classes and assignments all on one wall.  Get your kids to help design their daily school schedule so that everyone stays organized.

Fold Down Desk – This convenient, fold down desk is a sure way to keep clutter to a minimum.  And it’s a great way to keep supplies together, yet out of sight.

DIY Desk Ideas – Everyone can have an organized desk space with these clever DIY desk decluttering ideas.

Organizing Student Usernames and Passwords – Create tech card rings for each of your kids so that you always know where to find their sign-ons.



Printable Student Binder – You only need a few, handy supplies to create a binder for this school year. This is a fun project for kids to be imaginative and use their own style.

DIY Earbud Case – Personalize and give everyone their own case to keep earbuds in – pick a spot to store them and quit rummaging through drawers looking!

Backpack Checklist – When packing and unpacking the backpack each day, this checklist is super for kids and parents to make sure everything is in order.

DIY Snack Station – What a fun way to keep snacks organized and easy to access with this DIY project.  Another great way to get creative!



5 Drawer Mini Sterilite Organizing – Using a plastic organizer, it’s easy to label it for a convenient place to store school supplies.

DIY School Supply Station – Here is another great DIY way to manage all those school supplies. The best way to declutter is to find a place for all the supplies that get used the most all year long.

I have found over the years that staying organized during the school year has helped me keep my sanity.  I love all of these ideas to help keep an organized space for when the school year is in full swing.  I would much rather spend less time cleaning up clutter and more time with my family enjoying the good stuff.

What do you think of these back to school organization ideas? Do you have any ideas of your own to share? Tell me in the comments!  

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A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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14 Comments

  1. Kathy
    08/23/2019 / 3:18 pm

    I’m loving all these ideas. I always try to stay as organized as possible. I’m going to be trying some of these out. I see so many great ideas here.

  2. 08/23/2019 / 2:26 pm

    Love these ideas. Especially the ones that have the caddies. I love new storage ideas.

  3. 08/23/2019 / 12:25 pm

    That back to school clothing swap is interesting. That is something I have never thought about before but may have to try it out.

  4. 08/23/2019 / 11:06 am

    Don’t forget to check the safe-for-kids labels. There are lots of children’s school items that are made of plastics that aren’t safe for our little ones.

  5. Ruth I
    08/23/2019 / 10:57 am

    I love all these ideas! We are trying to be organized to we bought some caddy and small baskets.

  6. cudrag.cristina
    08/23/2019 / 6:38 am

    These are some nice ideas! I’ll be sharing this with my girl friends, they have kids and would love to see these 🙂 You are very creative!

  7. 08/23/2019 / 6:37 am

    The ideas are absolutely great for studs who can be typically very unorganized. They are going to help them not only now but also in later life. Cool, for sure.

  8. Jasmine M
    08/23/2019 / 2:58 am

    A homework station is a great idea. It’ll give kids a place to focus on their homework. I also like the idea of a backpack checklist. I can’t tell you how many times I ended up leaving something at home that I needed for school when I was a kid.

  9. 08/23/2019 / 2:39 am

    Organization is my biggest struggle. We moved at the end of June and I’ve still got to go through things. Downsizing makes it even harder but our new house just doesn’t have the storage that I previously had. I did make a station for all my son’s school supplies so that he knows where they are for homework time.

  10. 08/22/2019 / 8:15 pm

    Your ideas are really awesome. Though it is bit different here in India when it comes to schooling, but I loved your details.

  11. 08/22/2019 / 7:33 pm

    It is hard to stay organised with little ones running around everywhere. These are great tips to get started for the new school year.

  12. 08/22/2019 / 7:16 pm

    I love these ideas. I am working on getting better organized, so I will have to try some of these for sure.

  13. 08/22/2019 / 6:27 pm

    I need this organization this year! Three years we have been way out of organization and it’s really affected the kids work. So this is perfect.

  14. 08/22/2019 / 1:27 pm

    BACK TO SCHOOL used to be my favorite time of year when I was a kid. Not because I loved school but because I LOVED school supplies and organization tools such as the ones you described!!! I can’t believe I have a son who will be going back to school at some point in his life!

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