Yes, I do have a slight obsession for baskets and bins–both because they are such useful organizational tools BUT also because they can be a decor item at home too.
We use a basket + bin system at home to help manage school items and supplies:
1. Homework: My kids do most of their homework in the kitchen or on the dining room table so we have a caddy that contains school supplies–pencils, pens, erasers, scissors, etc. This avoids looking all over the house for the sharpener and makes for easy clean-up after homework. Everything goes back in the mobile carry-all and it’s ready for the next day.
2. Extra school supplies: I have a transparent bin that contains extra school supplies (stock on when items are on sale) so that we’re always ready when they run out of things at school or lose items (but really, that never ever happens….ahem!)
3. Paperwork: Yikes, especially at the beginning of the year, there’s a lot of this. (I’m not talking about kids’ art–that’s another story). We have a designated school in-box for ONLY school items (not tax bills or mail, just school). Important notices are hung up (see system earlier this week), dates are added to our calendar, forms are filled out and returned to backpacks and everything else is recycled.
4. The “Borrowed” bin: For library books or items that don’t belong to us, we have a basket by the front door to keep everything in one place and easy to return on time.
What are your strategies to avoid the potential pile-up of all the school items in your house!?
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