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.
By: Charity Curley Mathews

©Kids' Storage Cubes, Pottery Barn Kids

©Mini Dot Plum Dry-Erase Calendar Wall Decal, PBTeen

©Lunch Punch Sandwich Cutters, Pottery Barn Kids

©Flea Market Wire Ball Bins, The Land of Nod

©Skinny Magnetic Bulletin Board - Self Stick, Organize.com

©Skip Hop Zoo Zebra Lunchie, All Childrens Furniture

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

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

©Nine Shelves Organizer, All Childrens Furniture

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Zoo Zebra Lunchbox

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

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.

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 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.

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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