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10 Back To School Organizing Products for Your Home

When you hear the words "back to school," it's easy to get stressed thinking of all those rushed mornings and chaotic nights. That doesn't have to be the case. This school year, try these back-to-school products that will help keep your family organized.

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Storage Cubbies

Storage cubbies are a great solution for back-to-school organization because they let your young students keep all their things in one place. Whether you place cubbies in your mudroom, entryway or in your child’s bedroom, they’re a great way to keep items organized and easy-to-find.

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Magnetic Calendar

You’ll be a pro at back-to-school organization with this magnetic calendar. Place it where you can easily add appointments, practices schedules and online meetings. Learn how to build a family message center if you prefer a DIY project.

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Drawer Unit

You’ll need a place to store all those art supplies. This drawer unit from Ikea works in a home office, study space or craft room. Organize school supplies at home with these tips.

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Insulated Lunch Box

Back to school preparation also means packing your child’s lunch each morning. This insulated lunch box will keep everything cool (or warm) until they’re ready to eat.

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Shoe Organizer

Say goodbye to shoes scattered all over the entryway with this shoe organizer. Use it to store your child’s school shoes, sports cleats, gym shoes and boots. Learn how to make a shoe rack with modern style.

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Laptop or Tablet Support

Whether your child is headed back to the classroom or distance learning, they will undoubtedly have online homework. Make sure your kids have the right technology for school and a comfortable place to use it when it’s time to get to work.

This laptop support provides an ergonomically-sound yet soft base for computer work or reading. Build a laptop stand with just $10 in materials.

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Alarm Clock

No one will be late for class with this alarm clock. This smart alarm clock uses sunrise simulation to wake you gradually and also works as a bedside light. It’ll make school more fun for teens who like to sleep through their alarms.

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Message Center

This message center will make the back-to-school chaos easier to handle. Leave notes for family members, write down the day’s meetings and appointments and even store mail and permission slips. It’s also a great piece of college dorm décor.

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Bag Organizer

Keep your kid’s school bag or backpack organized with this clever insert. It has pockets for a cell phone and tablet, planner, pens and even snacks. Keep your mudroom organized with these DIY lockers.

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Coat Shelf Rack

Say “so long” to stray coats and bags. Your kids can keep their school bags and jackets on the hooks so those back-to-school mornings are a little less chaotic. Make DIY coat hooks from old tools and hardware.

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Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.