Take Control of Back to School

In less than a week my children will be heading back to school. On the one hand I am excited for my children to get back to school so I can have more than five minutes at a time to myself but, on the other I am dreading the mounds of paperwork, coats, shoes and backpacks all over the floor and the running around that comes with the school year.

To ease that stress I have found some great organizing ideas to start your school year off right.

1. Give their coats, shoes and backpacks a home. A hallway, corner or mudroom or even a small closet can serve as the perfect drop point for all their gear.

Take out the rod and put in Hooks. This way the coats will get hung up. in the front coat closet!!
via Housewives of Riverton

@Jess Pearl Pearl Pearl Liu Pineda   this looks nice    simple entryway solutions and organization - 320 * Sycamore
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Usando la esquina
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The Creek Line House: 10 Inspiring and Inventive Mudroom Ideas
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2.  Create a command center. Keep everyone's schedule in one place so making plans is a snap. The kitchen is an ideal place but a hallway or laundry/mud room are great alternatives.

Back to school season is here! Get organized for the school year with one of these inspiring command centers!
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Small-Space Command Center
via BHG

via See Vanessa Craft

family drop zone | Organized Hallway Drop Zone Desk | Angela Todd Designs on Houzz
via Angela Todd Designs

3. Take charge of all that paper. Sort the papers as soon as they come in the door. Throw away those you don't need, and organize the ones you do into folders such as "to return", "in/out" or by person. Find a system that works for you.

tutorial to make my own Family File System.  NEED ONE OF THESE because my magnetic one from Target is cute, but not big enough!
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Good idea to file papers that end up all over the kitchen counter in a cute basket- yep this is what I need!
via Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Great tips on how to organize paperwork.
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4. Create a homework station. Head off the usual time wasters (such as I can't find a pencil) and give them a space to concentrate and complete their homework. Whether it is a basket filled with supplies on the counter or a dedicated workspace, you can create a space that is organized and one they look forward to using.

homework nook
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DIY homework station - thehouseofsmiths.com
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Dream Desk
via Martha Stewart

5. Make packing lunches and after school snacks a whole lot easier. Create grab and go snack options by making individual portions and storing them in the refrigerator in one easy to identify container. 

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Spend an hour on Sunday getting lunches ready for the week. Individual packages makes putting them together easy.

6. Last but not least, create a quiet corner for you to sit back and enjoy once the kids are off to school or on the weekend. Having a place to recharge can help you tackle the rest of the day or weekend with less stress.

1. Get fresh coffee 2. Get fuzzy blanket 3. Put on favorite pjs 4. Get knitting UFO or latest read 5. Curl up, breathe, relax, BE
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Corner stone fireplace in family room with leather sofas and plaid chairs-www.goldenboysandme.com
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The 6 items to create a reading nook you'll love: tufted chair, pouf, reading lamp, side table, and wall art! All these pieces are from @HomeGoods!
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Happy school days!


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