Back to School Organization Tips

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Overwhelmed with clutter? Check out how you can get organized and stay on track throughout the year using some easy to find and inexpensive products and solutions. I recently created the functional space featured in this post in my home – my goal was to reclaim the kitchen counters and use the walls for vertical organizing.

If you’re like me and constantly fight the uphill battle of paper clutter from the kids/mail/spouse, check out this wall magazine holder from IKEA perfect for homework folders and school papers. A magnetic board can also help to keep track of smaller items – I love that this one can also double as a white board.

Paint a pantry or laundry room door using chalkboard paint and a paint roller and then use it to jot down important messages or for writing out the week’s events. In my home, I just took off the door knob and rolled the paint on with the door open (I did not have to take the door down or use any painter’s tape). Just make sure to roll paint in light coats to avoid paint running or bleeding on the sides of door. My kids enjoy practicing their sight words and writing messages on the bottom of the door too! 🙂

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I’ve had this mail organizer for bills and keys for years and it’s been very helpful to control mail clutter and for visually seeing which bills need to be paid etc. I’m also a big fan of wall calendars (even though I keep everything digitally on my phone as well) so the entire family always knows what’s going on and so we’re all on the same page. This white board calendar has been working out great. And I love getting the backpacks and lunch boxes off the floor with wall hooks – this is a super easy and helpful solution that is a must for me.

Wall Organizing Hip2SaveHow do you keep your family organized? Do you have any tips to share?

 Lina ( loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects. 
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  1. Meghan

    Another GENIUS idea!!!

  2. Meghan

    Another GENIUS idea!!


    This is SO timely….I was just surfing Pinterest yesterday looking for ideas for my kitchen wall! I want to set up an organization system so that I can keep track of all my son’s school papers, schedules, sports etc. Love the price on these suggested items too!!

  4. theresa

    CVS has the calendar white board with 4 dry erase markers on sale this week for $2.99

    • Hennine

      Yes but it is much smaller

  5. Jennifer

    My best tip is to do everything you can to prepare for the next school day the night before. Sometimes I pack the lunchbox and put the whole lunchbox in the freezer so we can grab and go, lol. Love the board for sight words! Thanks Lina!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I agree! Thanks Jennifer 🙂

    • Bobbi

      Yes! I prepare lunches, set out clothes, even ask my kids what they want for breakfast so I can be one step ahead of them. I teach at my kids’ school, so it really helps us all get there on time! 🙂

  6. madhu

    I’m so excited my ds son starting kindergarten coming Monday onwards …wen he is in preschool I made 5 hangers named Monday to Friday (took sticky notes write week name both sides, fold it half and punch a hole to go thru hanger n press it down firmly vola hangers r ready) I hang them on over the door hook n to that shower caddy from dollar tree which has space for hanging 5 of them so that ds can find what day it is today n which outfit to pick without tantrums in the mornings..frnzs u should try this…n u will have peaceful mornings instead tat jeans didn’t match shirt, go change ,running late for bus etc no more comments like this on ur busy morning day.Hope I helped somebody.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That’s a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Emily

      That is a really great idea! I need to do this for myself with my work clothes!

    • Summer

      we do this too– 5 hangers…..pick out 5 outfits on Sun evening. Prevents multiple morning changes and the drama that comes with it ( I have a girl!)

  7. Emily

    White board calendars do not work for me. We’ve got stuff planned so far out that I need to write them on the wall calendar when I schedule them. I can’t do it just one month at a time. I made a family calendar with photos and hung it on our wall so I could add things well in advance and fill out a year’s worth of reminders to give the dog heart worm medicine and throw the pouch into the toilet for our septic system on the first of every month.

    I’d love to have a hallway entryway for all of this stuff, but I have several organized areas. Like, we have a mail station in our dining room because that’s where I sit down to write the bills and file our paperwork. I pay the bills as soon as they arrive because if they sit, I’ll forget.

    • Marlene

      I made a shutterfly calendar with my families photos and put All my families bday on there with a pic of them too i included grandparents uncles aunt nephews the while 30 of them it took me a while to finish and i saved it a waited for a free shutterfly calendar code and saved 21.99. Just paid shipping and the calendars are amazing. my kids love it cuz they get to see pixs of the family and they always remember everyones bday.what i was thinking of doing is to also use it as a reminder to pay bills sports etc.

  8. Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

    Thanks Meghan!

  9. Rita

    Another great idea from Lina. Please keep sharing organization tips as I am waaaaay tooooo bad at it.

  10. Kelly

    I would love something to hang my kids backpacks on, but 2 of mine are middle schoolers and have very heavy back packs. Any ideas?

    • Steph

      I would find the studs in the wall and use HEAVY duty eye hook that you should be able to find at Home Depot or Menards .. Such as the ones used to secure swings from the ceiling or hammocks. Then have the kids attach their bags with carabineros that they could leave attached to the top strap on their backpacks. Hope this makes sense;)

    • JA

      I too have kids with heavy backpacks. I bought a dark brown canvas laundry hamper at Walmart and stuck it in the corner of my dining room(where most of the homework gets done). Everything goes in there-backpacks, gym bags, hoodies. It blends in with the room and I don’t have stuff hanging everywhere.

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Great idea!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      2 things : use a longer screw and nail into stud. Or we have used a 75 pound rated drywall anchor. They look like plastic screws. Use those first then the screw. Hope that helps!

  11. Shannon

    I love useful diy ideas like this! Thank you!

  12. Jennifer

    One neat idea I saw today as I was waiting in the car rider line at school. The lady in front of me used one of those pants hangers with the slide down clips to hang her child’s car rider number from her rearview mirror. Very visible and she’s not struggling to get hers in plain sight like myself, lol.

  13. Natasha C

    I bought a hanging closet organizer that has 5 sections. On Sunday nights I put school outfit, undies and socks in each one. Makes mornings easier.

    • Madelyn

      I use the sweater organizer that has six pockets to fold up M-F school outfits. I usually keep a shoe organizer over the mud room door with socks and undies for emergencies. Also, I hate high waters so I keep a pair of jeans one size larger downstairs on the dryer so our mornings flow smoothly. Also veggies and fruits for the week are chopped and stored in the fridge. I have two boys. One starts Middle School and one is in Elementary. It was great to see in the comments about the middle school backpack weights! Thank you fellow moms!

  14. RB

    Lina, I nominate you MOM OF THE YEAR!!
    (BTW, I love to cook and to organize, too. 🙂 )

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Ha Thanks! I dunno about that, but I thanks! Lol

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