10 Back-to-School Organizing Essentials

Just in time for back-to-school activities, we've compiled 10 of our favorite ways to keep your home — and your life — running smoothly during this busy time of year.

Pottery Barn Kids Patterned Storage Containers Kids' Storage Cubes, Pottery Barn Kids

Colorful Storage Cubes

When the weather turns cool, kids come inside to play. Why not keep things cozy — and neat — with patterned baskets that double as storage containers and chic decor?

Pottery Barn Teen Mini Dot Plum Dry Erase Calendar Mini Dot Plum Dry-Erase Calendar Wall Decal, PBTeen

Dry-Erase Calendar Wall Decal

This isn't your average bulletin board. It's meant to be written on again and again but, like decorative vinyl wall decals, this peel-and-stick calendar can go up — or down — anywhere, anytime.

Pottery Barn Kids Lunch Punch Sandwich Cutters Lunch Punch Sandwich Cutters, Pottery Barn Kids

Fun Sandwich Cutters

We love the plastic rim on these sandwich cutters, which make it easy for even little hands to help make lunch. From cars and airplanes to crowns and flowers, these whimsical accessories will make lunchtime a treat for boys and girls.

The Land of Nod Kids Flea Market Wire Ball Bins Flea Market Wire Ball Bins, The Land of Nod

Flea Market Wire Ball Bins

From football to field hockey, back-to-school season also signals the start of many sports seasons. Keep the equipment under control this fall with heavy-duty, non-toxic storage bins.

Organize.com Skinny Strip Magnet Organizer Skinny Magnetic Bulletin Board - Self Stick, Organize.com

Skinny Strip Magnetic Board

Big enough to display photos, notes and keys yet small enough to hang anywhere, it's hard to beat this mini magnetic board to keep things organized.

All Childrens Furniture Zoo Animal Zebra Lunch Box Skip Hop Zoo Zebra Lunchie, All Childrens Furniture

Zoo Zebra Lunchbox

Cute enough for girls but cool enough for boys, this insulated lunchbox from keeps food warm or cold all morning long.

Organize.com Limbo File Folders Limbo File Folders - Set of 3, Organize.com

Limbo File Folders

Whether you're keeping track of household bills and to-do lists or kids' permission slips and homework assignments, this set of clever file folders will do the trick.

Accent Furniture Direct Kid Pencil Style Coat Rack Kids' Pencil-Style Coat Rack, Accent Furniture Direct

Kids' Pencil-Style Coat Rack

'Tis the season to bundle up and there's no cuter way to keep fall clothes off the floor than with this colorful coat rack made to mirror a giant pencil.

Colorful All Childrens Furniture Supply Organizer Nine Shelves Organizer, All Childrens Furniture

Colorful Mobile Organizer

For gloves, balls, ballet shoes and more, it's hard to beat the cheerful organization offered by this rolling set of nine colorful shelves.

Target Honey Can Do Back to School Organizationals Honey-Can-Do Back-to-School Organization Kit (White), Target

Back-to-School Organization Kit

Need somewhere to store new school clothes? With shoe racks, hanging storage, drawers and cylindrical containers, everything has its own place in this organization kit.

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