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.

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June 17, 2019

Photo By: Darren Bernaerdt

Monthly Calendar Dry Erase Board

After-school activities, sleepovers, holidays - when school is back in session, the calendar quickly fills up. Help the whole family keep track of it all with a monthly dry erase calendar.

Buy It: The Container Store, $19.99

Clear Organizer Bins

Corral loose lunchbox items with these beautiful clear bins. The transparent design makes it easy to quickly grab snacks, utensils or reusable sandwich bags during the morning rush.

Buy It: The Container Store, $5.99-7.99 each

Entryway Organizer

We're sympathetic to small-space dwellers. Not everyone has room for a cubbie wall system, but this slender entryway organizer will at least keep backpacks and shoes contained. If you have the space, why not place two of these side-by-side.

Buy It: Walmart, $140.14

Magnetic Strip Bulletin Board

Keep school forms, photos, reminders, keys and other important items on a sturdy magnetic bulletin board. We like that this one hangs vertically or horizontally, doesn't take up much space and mounts on the wall. Bonus: It comes in nine colors!

Buy It: Amazon, $13

Bento-Style Lunch Kit

Don't forget that your lunch box needs organizing too. This neat kit comes with a cold pack and three containers for streamlined lunch-packing.

Buy It: Target, $19.99

Backseat Organizer

Between extracurriculars and school projects, the car gets messy as soon as classes resume. This backseat organizer frees up trunk floor space and provides extra storage for groceries and car accessories.

Buy It: Amazon, $24.99

Shallow Document Case

Create an assignment command center to keep teens and kids organized. Label these individual cases with a child's name or school subject so they can keep all related papers and projects in one place.

Buy It: The Container Store, $8.99 each

Craft Caddy

Store pens, markers, scissors and more in this handy, clear caddy. Keeping homework and art supplies in one contained space help kids easily find what they need.

Buy It: Amazon, $12.99

Hanging Closet Organizer

Help kids get out the door quicker by organizing their closet. An orderly wardrobe means less stress over outfits, plus it allows children and teens to see what their options are at a glance. You can even create a weekly outfit system to really speed things up in the morning. Just label each shelf with a day of the week and place the appropriate outfit in the corresponding compartment.

Fox Storage Basket

Now this is a storage basket we wouldn't mind leaving out on display. Use it to store larger items, like blankets and sports gear, or as a laundry hamper.

Buy It: Pottery Barn Kids, $89