5 Tips for Getting Organized for Back to School

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school1It’s just about time to go back to school for the kiddos, mine head back on September 8th! Probably the most dreaded time of year for kids because they just don’t want their Summer to end! Back to School can be a really difficult, stressful time of the year! You have to worry about getting the kids new school clothes, new school shoes, all their school supplies, and preparing for the change in schedule! I try to be as organized as I possibly can be and school is definitely something that requires being organized! Whether you’re the one actually in school or you’re the mom that needs to be organized for your child, these tips should really help with getting and staying organized this school year!

Color Coordinate: No matter what grade you are in whether it is elementary school, middle school, high school, or even college you probably have at least a few different classes! I like to personally color coordinate my supplies for each class! For example, you can get a folder or binder and maybe a notebook in a different color for each class. This way you don’t have to flip through your folders and binders to figure out which class it is for, you can simply go by color and know which you’re grabbing for!

Accordian File Folder for Homework: A great way to organize your nightly homework is to get an accordian file and make a section for each class. This way you can just jump right into your homework when you get home and you won’t need to shuffle through anything, this also helps to not let you forget about any of your assignments! There is plenty of file sections so you could even separate pending assignments versus completed assignments.

Get Binders for Each Class and Separators: I find that the best way to store everything for each class! You are able to put all your papers into the binder, as well as a notebook or anything like that for the class. You can get dividers within your binder and separate it into sections, like notes, assignments, graded papers, etc.

Buy a Planner: I highly highly recommend buying a yearly planner for your schooling! This will help you to keep your assignments, tests, friends and family birthdays, and any other dates you may need to remember! This can go back to color coordinating as well, you can get colored pens and use the coordinating color for each class to write out your assignments and tests for each class!

Write out a Schedule: I find that writing a little schedule out for the school week is really helpful as well! By this I mean this really for like after school! You can block out timing for an after school snack, homework, dinner, and maybe even a little playing/tv time! This way everything gets done that is supposed to, and the kids can also have a bit of fun!

I hope that these tips help you to stay a bit more organized, be stress free, and have a great school year!


  • Reply Jaime Nicole September 2, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Even in college I loved the notion of color-coordinating information for each class. It makes it so much more efficient to locate the information you need without an excessive amount of unnecessary digging! Great tips!

  • Reply Robin (Masshole Mommy) September 2, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I would be totally lost without my planner. These are all great tips to make sure everything gets done.

  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle September 2, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Scheduling is super important. That’s especially true when you have a brood like I do!

  • Reply Melissa Pezza September 2, 2015 at 11:34 am

    These are great tips! Now that I’ve got two kids in school, mornings are getting crazy!

    • Reply Catherine S September 2, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      I agree, they are great tips. I need to work on being better organized. These tips will sure help with that.

  • Reply Valerie@Occasionally Crafty September 2, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Great tips! I’ve been working on organizing all my kids stuff. Do you know I still have dreams about being in college and being unable to remember my class schedule, or totally forgetting I had a math class on Tuesdays? Guess I wasn’t very organized back then and it haunts me :)

  • Reply Catherine S September 2, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    These are great tips. I am not a very organized person. A daily planner would make my life so much easier.

  • Reply Pam September 2, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Having a binder for each class is important. That keeps me on track.

  • Reply Dawn September 2, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Buying a planner is always the most important thing to me! Without a planner, I easily forget when anything is due!

  • Reply Toughcookiemommy September 2, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Having a planner is such an important tool for students. I always advise my students to have and to carry one.

    • Reply Dawn September 2, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      I agree! I am very lost without a planner! My daughter makes sure to have one too.

  • Reply Liz Mays September 2, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    My son’s backpack always used to be a mess! These are great organizational tips. We should have had a better system.

  • Reply Lois Alter Mark September 2, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    These are such good tips. Getting organized really does make every task so much easier.

  • Reply Kristi September 2, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Very important reminders and suggestions. Our two are starting middle school this year and it will be quite the adjustment.

  • Reply Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly September 2, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I am a former Special Ed Teacher and I still get chills this time of year! LOL I don’t have kids but I do secretly love buying myself a new notebook that ends up getting turned into a journal or planner anyway! LOL :-)

  • Reply coolchillmom September 2, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I am already lost. I do need a planner and a calendar! On my way to use your tips, thanks

  • Reply Janell Poulette September 2, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I have losts of lists to stay organized. Plus I take breakfast and lunch orders at night so I can get a head start in the morning.

  • Reply Maureen@ADebtFreeStressFreeLife September 2, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Organization is key to getting off to a good start at school.

  • Reply Tracey September 2, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    These are such great ideas. The accordion folder idea is brilliant and I will have to give that one a try.

  • Reply Theresa September 2, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    These are great tips! For us, sticking to a routine is key to keeping it all together throughout the school year.

  • Reply Lisa September 2, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Great tips for getting ready for back to school. I love the idea of color coordinating everything. That would make it so much easier.

  • Reply Penelope September 2, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Having it all written down on paper keeps me on track. My kids are getting their own style figured out, but it’s been a great start to the school year so far.

  • Reply Crystal September 2, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    A planner is a huge help for me. I bought the kids’ new school supplies, and picked up a few for myself.

  • Reply Franc Ramon September 2, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    A file folder can really help organize your assignments and sort it per subject. Binders and separators can help on that too.

  • Reply Heather September 3, 2015 at 12:37 am

    We definitely have a schedule we follow by. I just think when kids know what to expect they do better in school and life in general and being organized helps with all that!

  • Reply Tyra September 3, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Red wells (accordion files) for homework is such a good idea. Staying organized is so key to starting the school year off right.

  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc September 3, 2015 at 7:52 am

    A planner is a must for me. I have to have it with me or at least near me to enable me to keep my sanity during this back to school madness!

  • Reply Rebecca Swenor September 3, 2015 at 10:43 am

    These are great tips for organizing for back to school. I always did color coordinating for each separate class. The scheduling is an awesome idea too. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  • Reply Rachelle J September 3, 2015 at 11:03 am

    I don’t know what we would do without our big wall planner! We use it for everything .School activities, sports, everything! Great tips here!

  • Reply Aileen September 3, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    This is a great compilation list! It is really better to be prepared than to be sorry. ;) I especially loved having a planner when I was still studying. It really helps!

  • Reply Christie September 3, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Love these tips, as I love to be organized for the year too! Will need to color coordinate when my littlest starts school, great reminder

  • Reply Mykidsguide September 3, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Writing out a schedule really works. This will save you from doing so many things at the same time and end up not finishing anything at all.

  • Reply Michele September 3, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    When I was in college full time and working part time (ding a full time job in part time hours) I always had a planner or I would never have been where I was supposed to be when I was supposed to be there. I still use a planner–they are life savers as you age!!!!!!

  • Reply melinda September 3, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Even as an adult I crave organization. I color coordinate files at work and keep my pantry lookng a certain way just so I can get things easier and know what’s missing immediately

  • Reply Ann BAcciaglia September 3, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    My kids are older but I love buying stationary and planners. A great planner is a perfect way to stay organized whether you are a student or a parent.

  • Reply Stephanie September 3, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Great tips! My oldest two kids are in college now, and I don’t buy their supplies anymore. I do, however, buy them a planner every year. It’s kind of a tradition at this point!

  • Reply Debbie Denny September 3, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    I like these ideas. A planner will really help.

  • Reply Joyce Duboise September 3, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Oh I love these ideas! I wish I were as creative with my organizing as you are. I love the color-coordinating idea!

  • Reply babitas2008@yahoo.com September 3, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Both my girls get planners from school. However, I like to have one for myself. I don’t know what I would do without it.

  • Reply Chantal September 3, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Although I am not in school, I love the idea of an accordion file to store loose papers! I need to get organizing!

  • Reply Lisa Rios September 4, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Back to school can be a hectic task if you don’t plan well in advance. And these are some great tips for getting organized at the right time. Buying a Planner & Writing out a schedule are very important tips indeed.

  • Reply Monica September 4, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Schedules are such an important part of success in the school year and a lot of people forget that! My son is only in preschool but these tips are great and will help me when he’s older for sure! Thanks!

  • Reply Kristen from The Road to Domestication September 4, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Great post! I especially like the color coding tip – I enjoy color coding almost anything!

  • Reply Rachel Mouton September 4, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Oh, I need to get organized! Thanks for the great tips :)

  • Reply Lieurene Tran September 4, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    These are all great tips! It can definitely be overwhelming if unorganized! By the way great idea about the colors. Now I can’t go anywhere without my planner book

  • Reply Shann Eva September 4, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    These are such great tips. My son is just starting school this year, but the list of supplies is huge. Plus, I’m sure he’ll have homework even in kindergarten.

  • Reply Melissa September 4, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    These are great tips to help people get back into the swing of things. After the Summer our routine needed some tweaking and I will definitely implement some of these.

  • Reply April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition September 4, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    This is the first year I haven’t had a child in school since they have both graduated. It was so important to stay organized and on top of everything.

  • Reply Danii September 4, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Having a schedule is so important. Ensures you don’t miss important events and eliminates a lot of thinking and trying to remember everything.

  • Reply Claudette September 4, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Great tips for parents with children going back to school!

  • Reply Maya September 4, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    I was big on planners in high school and college…these are great tips even now :)

  • Reply victoria September 5, 2015 at 2:31 am

    These are great tips! I think i need this because i am not an very organized person the planner would really help for me. I love you being an organized person :)

  • Reply Katrina Richardson September 5, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Love the file accordion homework idea! I like to believe there’s a method to my madness, but I could definitely use better organization. Great tips, thanks!

  • Reply Elizabeth O. September 5, 2015 at 3:44 am

    Normally, what gets me through all the planning would be making a list and labeling. I never miss labeling! It’s a must when you have twins. Lol. Anyway, great list!

  • Reply Mykidsguide September 5, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    I always use a planner to list my to do things. I will be lost without it.

  • Reply Fariha N. September 5, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Accordion files and a planner are my life savers during the school year. Each kid gets an accordion file and mom gets a planner to keep track of everything. It helps me to keep on top of everything from home to school to work.

  • Reply Rebekah September 6, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Thanks for sharing these awesome tips! I definitely couldn’t agree more on the importance of maintaining a schedule…sometimes easier said than done, but it certainly makes for a much smoother day when you can follow one for sure.

  • Reply tess September 6, 2015 at 10:02 am

    My planner consists of notebooks. I really need to get more organized.

  • Reply Miranda September 7, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Excellent through tips! I’ve made a note of some to help me get back to work ahah

  • Reply Chasing Joy September 7, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    These are good tips. My favorite is the color coding for each class.

  • Reply Wildish Jess September 8, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Having a planner is a must for my household!

  • Reply Latoicha September 10, 2015 at 12:55 am

    These are great organizing tips! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Marina John September 17, 2015 at 1:25 am

    These are great tips! I find planners especially helpful in staying organized.

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