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Back to school organization… seems like a myth, right? But if ACTUALLY being prepared for a the first day of school is a fantasy, I’m delusional because I am giving it my best.
The children have been eagerly counting down for back to school. Me too!
There is only one thing I dread.
Our morning routine during the school season is very predictable… right down to the problem getting out the door on time.
The children are not allowed any screen time until their morning chores are completed and they are ready to walk out the door. But, I was repeatedly having a child (or four) stall when it was time to leave.
I can’t find my shoes.
I need to pack my bag.
Searching for a solution, I would look with envy at the gorgeous mud rooms on Pinterest but knew buying a new house just for a mudroom was not the solution. Our family needed something more affordable.
My search turned to Amazon and I began formulating an idea for our hallway where we had nothing but a wall calendar.
The hallway is just outside the two children’s bedrooms. My theory… it will be hard for them to forget to put their backpacks and shoes away if they are walking past the station several times every morning and afternoon.
Each child has a bulletin board with a magnetic white board on one side and a cork board on the other. When a child has an appointment or needs to remember something special, a note goes on the board.
Then, there is a dual hook for hanging backpacks and/or umbrellas. (Coats are hanging in the hall closet.)
As for the basket, it’s the perfect size for one pair of shoes. I didn’t want anything bigger because I was afraid the baskets would collect clutter.
Since I was seeking frugal back to school organization, I looked for the best prices on Amazon. Prices tend to fluctuate often but here is the total for my project:
- 9 inch white wood letters (price varied from $5.54 to $6.99 each)
- Dry-erase combination board ($5.75 each)
- Coat and hat hook ($1.95 each)
- Wall mount storage basket ($6.13 each)
Project total: $80.09
That’s a lot cheaper than a new house!
The children LOVE the hallway and were eager to get their things ready for the first day of school.
I’m just happy that I’m not tripping over backpacks anymore.
Here’s to getting out the door on time!
More Back to School Ideas
- The Parent’s Guide to Safety Rules for Kids
- Back to School Stockpile Shopping List
- Back to School Printable Pack
- Back to School Countdown Printable
- Mommy’s Back to School Boot Camp
- Back to Homeschool Survival Kit
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