It would be great if we all had a huge space to for kids to do their homework after school.
But often, bedrooms have too many distractions, playrooms are noisy and homework ends up being done at the kitchen table.
Thankfully some creative moms have come up with some small or portable ways to create a homework station wherever you have the space:
DIY Seat Sacks
Scissors & Spatulas
These easy to make cute little sacks hang on the back of a chair to keep papers from cluttering up the table.
Over the Door Organizer
A Bowl Full Of Lemons
Put those doors to work & keep homework and craft supplies in over the door organizers.
Portable Homework StationFirst Home Love Life
Create one of these homework stations for each child and stack them up!
Rustic Wood Homework Station
Love Grows Wild
This cute little homework station is sturdy and easy to move from place to place and fits in nicely with a rustic decor.
DIY Mail/Homework OrganizerNoodlehead
This was originally made to be a mail organizer but we love it for storing school forms, homework and other important school related stuff.
Flip Down Desk
Found on Ana White
Chalkboard by day, desk by homework time. This chalkboard cleverly conceals a flip down desk.
Vintage Library Cart Homework Station
4 Men 1 Lady
This clever little work station now has me scouring the interwebs for a metal library cart. This cute vintage inspired work station is color coded for each kid.
Homework Study Station
I could have used this growing up! For the easily distracted kid (or ones who just can’t resist reaching over and poking their brother in the face) this study station keeps the focus on homework and can be folded up and put away when the work is done.
Lazy Susan Work Station
Home Stories A to Z
I’ve seen lazy susans used to store school and craft supplies before but what’s kinda genius about this one is the clever use of magnets so you can still take your jar without having to worry about the buckets flying off. Smart move, mom!
Laundry Room / Homework Station
Teal and Lime
Who says homework or crafts should be done on in a bedroom or an office?
Borrow some space from an unlikely place, like an over sized laundry room for example.
Have any great ideas on how to maximize a small space during homework time?
Any great organization tips? Tell us in the comments below!
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Sarah is a full time working mom of four boys. In addition to working and parenting, Sarah has also been seen as an actress on the Richmond stage (and screen).
These back to school organization ideas make the perfectionist in me so happy! I’m not a very organized person, so I can promise you that if you open my mudroom door right now, you won’t see perfectly lined up shoes with hooks for jackets and names centered perfectly over top. I’d love to be that organized, but then I come back to reality and remember that I have three messy kids.
Even still, somehow, seeing other people’s organizing ideas makes me drool a little and hope that maybe one day my kids will put their shoes away neatly, fold their own laundry and organize their school supplies. Oh dreams!
It’s back to school time and that means it’s time to start thinking about jackets, backpacks, schedules, extracurriculars, and library books! But with all of those things that our kids need/love/enjoy, how do you keep it all organized? All of the pencil crayons, glue, scissors, markers, pens and paper that they’re going to need for their homework. Where do you store it?
I think the thing that shocked me the most about my kids going to school is the amount of paper that comes home from school. There’s so. much. paper. We get crafts (so many crafts!), forms, newsletters, and all sorts of other things. I have no idea what to do with any of it? In another couple of years, we’ll have three kids in school. It’s making my head spin a little bit thinking about all the paper that will come home then!
It must have been similar when we were in school? I remember my mom had a huge pile of papers that used to be stacked next to the telephone when we were kids. And any time she’d clean out the pile, someone in our family would miss something and they’d get mad at her. lol My poor mom. I remember thinking it was such a messy pile, and I always wondered why she kept it in the kitchen, but now I get it. Sorry I doubted you mom!
24 Back to School Organization Ideas
This list of back to school organization ideas started when I was searching Pinterest for ways to keep those school papers organized. I realized that there are so many other back to school items that need to be organized too! You can organize chores, school supplies, backpacks, shoes, schedules. Imagine how much less stress there would be if everything had its own place and it was all neat and organized?!
I love scoping out ideas that other people have tried! What can I say? Seeing other people’s organized lives somehow makes me imagine my own life being that organized – and that gives me a brief zen moment where it feels like everything is at peace.
From family command centers to weekly meal plan boards, there are tons of ideas here to help you get your house just a little more organized this fall.
DIY Chore Chart via A Spotted Pony
Organized Wall Calendar via Eleven Magnolia Lane
Family Chalkboard Command Center via Jenna Burger Design
Paper Clutter Organization via Simple Stylings
Mini School Supply Organizer via Studivation
DIY Shoe Organizer via Wonderful Ideas For You
DIY Backpack and Coats Organizer via Bébé a la Mode Designs
Mini Homework Station via The House of Smiths
Homework Station Turntable via Mom On Timeout
School Supply Organizer via Dgingery (Indulgy)
Over the Door School Craft Organizer via I Can Teach My Child
DIY Backpack Station via Crafty Southern Mama
Back to School Chore Chart via The 36th Avenue
5 Minute Dry Erase Board via One Little Project
DIY Homework Study Station via Mom Advice
School Paper Organizer via Simple As That
DIY Homework Caddy via Clean Mama
Over the Door Back to School Organizer via A Bowl Full of Lemons
DIY Library Book Basket via Blue i Style
Back to School Outfit Organizer via The Gunny Sack
Back to School Lunch Organizer via Fabulessly Frugal
DIY Back to School Zone via Mom Trends
Kids and Nursery Closet Organization Ideas via Reality Daydream
After School Snack Basket via Studio 5
These back to school craft ideas are so much fun! You can check out this awesome list to help get your kids back in the school spirit!
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