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Back-to-School Organizational Tips at Home

  1. Create a family event calendar to keep track of events.
  • Use a whiteboard to be able to reuse the calendar every month.
  • Color code entries to help keep activities straight for all family members.
  • Place the calendar in a central place so all family members can access, view, and track it.
  • Track after-school activities, lunch menos, sports practice and games, field trips and other class events, kids’ playdates and sleepovers, and drop off and pick up times.
  • If your kids are young, it helps to make a sleep schedule too.


  1. The start of school is also the start of cold & flu season, so be prepared by keeping a clean home.
  • Deep clean the house.
  • Wash all new school clothes.
  • Pack hand sanitizer in backpacks.
  • Don’t re-use clothes until washed.
  • Regularly wipe down “hot spots” like kitchen counters, door handles, and sink faucets.
  • Place door mats outside and inside all entry doors to minimize allergens and germs being brought into the home.


  1. Go through the closet before the start of school to organize and prepare for simpler mornings.
  • Donate old clothes.
  • Create a storage and labeling system in your closet.
  • Use coordinated hangers to create an organized look and systematic approach
  • Create sections for specific activities like work, school, sports, etc, and and preplan outfits for the week in each section to make getting ready easier.


  1. Keep the main entrance of your home as organized as possible to make it easier to find things in the mornings.
  • Create separate storage areas for kids and adults.
  • Attach a hook for keys.
  • Create a cubby to hang backpacks and keep lunch boxes.
  • Add another drawer or cubby for wallets, phone chargers, and purses.
  • Create a shoe organizer to keep footwear organized for all school activities.


  1. Organize your kids’ rooms to focus on the areas where they will spend the most school-related time.

In their study and play areas:

  • Devise an area for kids to be creative and study.
  • Make folders to organize homework for the each day of the week.
  • Set up a caddy with extra school supplies
  • Create school homework calendars and checklists on your child’s desk

In their bathroom:

  • Organize toiletries for kids with marked baskets, especially if your kids share a bathroom.
  • Use colorful bins to distinguish belongings of younger children.
  • Use high shelving ares for older children and teens to put styling aids and makeup.
  • Use a shoe pocket organizer behind the door to store other bathroom essentials.


All of us at Van’s Chem-Dry are wishing you a stress-free school year!