For many, back-to-school is right around the corner! Luke and Lily Kate started back just yesterday and I’m already brainstorming ways I can get this house more organized. Every year I add a few things to our home that help it run more efficiently for our family. Between school, church, and extra curricular activities for three little ones, sometimes life can get a little hectic. So in an effort to put a few back-to-school favorites all in one place, I am sharing some tips on how to get organized with 7 back-to-school must-haves complete with where you can find everything.
1. GLASS STORAGE JARS: I love these glass storage jars. You can find them HERE. I use them all over the house to organize different items. They can be used in the pantry for lunch box snacks, breakfast foods like oatmeal packets and protein bars, or for crayons and at-home school supplies. We also use them for powdered laundry detergent storage (so much prettier than a big box,) bars of soap in the bathroom, and coffee pods for our Keurig coffee maker.
2 WALL BASKETS: Lets talk about school age children and all the paper they accumulate. Between calendars, homework, and even plain notebook paper, I think we can all agree a lot of paper spread all over the house is not so beautiful. These wall storage baskets are a great accessory to add to a command center or small vertical wall space in your home. You can purchase them HERE. They will instantly add a little less chaos to your life.
3. PLANNER: I know many people love an electronic calendar, but I am not one of those people. There is something about writing it down that just helps put it into my memory. Every year I search for a planner that will keep me on track for the day. When I found these Prayerful Planners (You can get one for 15% off HERE with code JOYFULLYROOTED) it was a complete game-changer for my daily time management.
Not only does the calendar have a page for an entire month view, it breaks down each day with really helpful categories. There is a section for Priorities, Planning, Physical Health, A Post It section, and my two favorites are the Praise and Prayer sections. The last two sections are what set this planner apart from normal planners. Sometimes its so easy to get bogged down and busy that we forget to have dedicated time to pray over specific things in our hearts, and lives in an intentional way. These little sections remind me, as I’m planning out the day, to stop for a bit and pray, and also to reflect and record all God is doing in my life. And although I have only been using the Prayerful Planner for several weeks now, I can easily see how this will become a powerful way to look back and reflect on lessons God was teaching me through prayer at specific times in my life. Busy ladies, this planner/journal is a MUST in my opinion to keeping your time intentional and productive.
4. CHALK BOARD: Meal planning is a little new for me. I have always been a fly-by-the seat-of-my-pants kinda gal. But this year, I am wanting to make quick, healthier meals for family dinners. My plan is VERY simple. A few weeks ago I started a running list of our family’s favorite dinners in the back of my planner. To please everyone at meal time is nearly impossible, but when I make something that gets a majority vote, I jot it down on the list. Then every Sunday, I write out 3-4 meals for the week on my chalkboard. This is perfect for us because afterschool activity schedules can get a little crazy. It allows days for family dinners and days for eating out or leftovers. Writing it on the board helps me grocery shop and preps the family for whats to come each evening. You can get a cute little chalk board like mine, HERE.
5. WALL HOOKS: A collecting area for backpacks, hats, and coats can be very helpful when trying to corral the clutter. In our laundry room we hung a row of three of these wall-mount coat racks so each child would have one set of hooks for all of their things. They are very simple to install just make sure they are anchored into the wall. You can get them HERE.
6. BAMBOO TURNTABLE: Do you have a work station that your kids do their homework on, or is it just wherever they land? My kiddos are usually all over the house when doing homework. The kitchen table, laundry room desk, or upstairs. I like to keep a little corner of our laundry room desk stocked with pencils, glue sticks, markers, and scissors so they always know where the materials are when they have homework or a project to do. I love this little tiered bamboo turntable to organize all of those supplies in little buckets or mason jars on. It also spins so all of the supplies are easily accessible. I have several of these under our bathroom sinks for toiletries and nail polish collection storage. You can find one HERE.
7. STAINLESS STEEL INSULATED MUGS: Because…coffee. Need I say more? Whether you’re a coffee drinker, or tea drinker, these chic insulated mugs will fit in the cupholder in your car and can go with you everywhere. They may not really fall in line with this list of organizational must-haves, but if you’re like me, organization is out of the question unless I’m charged up on some caffeine! You can get these beauties, HERE.
I think it’s so fun to get organized, but it is definitely something that I have done over time. There is no quick-fix when it comes to getting your household to run efficiently. Lots of trial and error, with an emphasis on error. You have to do what works best for your life and your family. I’d love to know how you get organized and what your back-to-school must-haves are. Share your tips in the comments below so we can all acquire new ideas! As always, thank you for taking the time to read along. If you’re interested, please subscribe to the Joyfully Rooted newsletter to get my latests posts in your inbox. My hope is to inspire, lend a helpful hand in your home and heart, and bring glory to God in all that I do.