Back-to-school mania has begun! Indeed, back-to-school sales and deals abound to get you and your little ones prepared for fall. But don’t forget, your home might need a back-to-school organizational makeover, too.
Even with the best intentions, back-to-school season can be chaotic and stressful. Family members are going in different directions, leaving a stream of backpacks, lunchboxes, and paperwork in their wake. Your calendar and your rooms fill up pretty quickly, and losing track of it all can lead to wasted time and irritation.
If your home would receive a failing grade in organization, fear not. We’ve found furnishings and accessories that help you and your family get—and stay—organized all year long. And the best part is, they’re all bargains that won’t break the bank. Take a look!
1. Bench with coat hooks This bench, in estate toffee finish, only looks expensive.
Adding charm and practicality to the entryway, this Better Homes & Gardens Parker Tall Tree bench (Walmart.com, $90) features five double hooks, offering a way to keep your coats, hats, and backpacks organized. Beneath the deep bench seat is a bottom shelf that holds 13-inch storage bins, perfect for keeping scarves and gloves close at hand when the chilly weather arrives.
Reviewer Luann writes, “It fits perfectly in the space behind my front door, it will hold quite a bit, & now I’m not juggling my purse, coat, car keys, a bag of groceries—all while trying to take off my snowy or muddy boots! This was easy to put together & it seems very sturdy.”
2. Desk + bookcase = homework haven This desk is just the right size for a bedroom or playroom.
Getting kids to sit down and start their homework is easier when they have a nice workspace of their very own. This desk and bookcase (Walmart.com, $168.07) ensures students have everything in one place thanks to a pull-out drawer and four convenient cubbies.
Because of its smaller stature, it fits nicely in bedrooms and family rooms. Reviewers note that it’s both affordable and easy to assemble. Perhaps this setup will inspire your budding genius to get right down to work.
3. Chalkboard organizer Mix a little rustic charm with some practicality with this organizational board.
Tired of running late in the morning because you’re searching for the car keys or umbrella? This chalkboard organizer (Wayfair.com, $111.99) offers a reliable place to keep everything from must-go mail to those elusive keys and dog leash. Write yourself or the kids helpful reminders to stay on track, and get out the door in a flash. In addition to rustic brown, this board comes in black, gray, and white.
Buyer Justine left the following review: “Easy way to keep a to-do list visible to everyone in the house.” So no more excuses about forgetting to pick up lunchbox staples!
4. Woven stair basket Handles make it easy to carry items in bulk rather than one at a time and cut down on multiple trips.
Rather than let items that belong in bedrooms accumulate all over the house, stick them in this handy stair basket (Amazon.com, $49.99) and encourage family members to take them up as they go.
“Kids come home from school with tons of odds and ends that need to get up to their rooms,” says Ellie Mroz, interior designer at Ellie Mroz Design. “Corral them in this cute stair basket.”
5. Daily activity kids closet organizer A swivel hook allows you to turn this organizer from side to side with ease.
This colorful daily organizer (Amazon.com, $12.99) helps keep kids’ rooms tidy and eliminates the daily battle over what to wear by allowing you to plan ahead. It holds up to six pairs of shoes, and the side pockets are handy for holding games, books, or toys. Measuring 4 feet high and 11 inches deep and wide, it hangs neatly in the closet.
Reviewer Tamara Lynd, who bought one for each of her children, writes, “Makes my life so much easier. I can pick out my son’s outfits for the week once I have finished laundry and don’t have to worry about it again until next week when I do laundry again. My daughter has one as well and she likes being able to set out her clothes for the week and just grab and go.”
6. 10-piece desk collection This stylish set is available in aqua, navy, and white.
Make your desktop more attractive by coordinating the holders. This multipiece set (Amazon.com, $54.99) is sleek and modern. You’re more eager to sit down and tackle that paperwork when everything you need is at your fingertips.
“Desk necessities don’t need to be strictly utilitarian,” Mroz says. “Match them to each other, and tools become accessories.”
One reviewer writes, “I needed everything in this bundle but when I started to add up the costs to purchase the items I needed separately it was significantly more than I was wanting to spend for my home office. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this set. The color is great and it is solid and feels more on the heavy duty side.”
7. Charging station Organize all of your electronics in one place.
Charge up to six devices at once without cords dangling all over the house and potentially tripping family members. This charging station (Amazon.com, $39.99) is for four Apple Lightning cables, one type-C cable, and 1 micro-USB cable.
A satisfied reviewer writes, “This is an absolute must if you need to charge multiple devices. My kids have school iPads and they also have iPhones. This product has really been a great solution for our needs. Thx for a durable product.”
8. Sunrise alarm clock This alarm clock makes waking up a little bit nicer.
Light therapy meets alarm clock in this sunrise simulator alarm clock (Amazon.com, $34.50). Brighten up your school day or workday with this device that’s compatible with Alexa or Google. Enjoy the benefits of hands-free snoozing as you ease into morning.
Reviewer Tea writes, “I love this alarm clock. Waking up isn’t my favorite thing to do, but with this clock and the customization of the wake up alarm, it’s so calming and doesn’t startle me awake like many alarms do. I have it set to ‘start the sunrise’ 30 minutes before the alarm goes off, and usually I wake up about halfway through the light cycle because it’s bright enough, and I lay in bed until the calm tinkle of wind chimes comes on, and I know it’s time to get up. The first morning I had it, my kids came in and said ‘mom what’s that pretty noise?’ And it’s been waking us up ever since.”
See? With the right products, heading back to school doesn’t have to wreak havoc on your home.
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