6 tips for minimizing school clutter

Tckle the clutter this school year!
Tckle the clutter this school year! Getty Images/iStockphoto

Looking to minimize school clutter and ways to get organized? Try some of these tips!

1. Design a book bag drop off station near the front door.

From hooks to cubbies, there are a lot of options out there, but what’s important is that there is a designated spot and that you have your kids get in the routine of dropping everything there when they get home. Need inspiration? Check out this “Drop Zone Brilliance” Pinterest Page.

2. Make daily folders for home.

Assign one to each of your children and put it near the book bag drop off station for homework that needs to be completed.

3. Create a folder or clipboard for Mom & Dad.

Hang this at the drop off station as well and include notes that need to be signed by you. Sign them right away - don’t let them sit!

4. Hang a large wall calendar in plain sight.

Put due dates, test dates, field trips, and days off and color code for each child. This makes it easy for everyone to see what is going on. Get creative with the calendar like these ideas.

5. Keep a storage box or large envelope for graded homework and art work.

No need to sort through every paper today – put all the keepsakes together and go through at the end of the year. I like storing larger art in mailing tubes, similar to these.

6. Create a homework station.

By designating one spot for your kids to work in, you contain the clutter and minimize the potential for disorganization. Fill a box with pencils, pens, crayons, erasers, scissors, glue and any other item your child might need for homework. This will minimize your child from having to get up to find the tools they need so they can focus. Watch this expert video from HGTV for ideas.