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3 Easy Ways to Organize School Supplies

Katie Bugbee
July 5, 2017

Use these simple strategies to create order this school year.

Papers. Folders. Notebooks. Tests. Books. Study guides. Tablets. Craft supplies for projects. How do you keep all the school work and supplies from taking over your house? Here are three simple and inexpensive ways to create order out of your study space. For optimal organization, we suggest doing them all, either on your own or with the nanny.


  1. Homework Caddy
    Perfect for storing the essentials on a desk, and also using to grab-and-go when certain projects change locations (say, from the living room to the dinner table).


    • Shower caddy with about four compartments
    • School supplies kids use most:
      • Pens
      • Pencils
      • Calculator
      • Ruler
      • Paper
      • Extra erasures
      • Pencil sharpener
      • Paper

    Take the shower caddy and designate certain spaces for your most commonly used supplies. Pens, pencils, erasure and sharpener in one section. Ruler, calculator and scissors in another. Markers and highlighters in the third.

    Paper, folders and notebooks can go in the wider section.

  2. Craft Supply Shoe Hanger
    Who knew the over-the-door shoe hanger could have so many purposes. In our coat closet we use it to sort hats, mittens and sunglasses. In our tool closet, we have one that holds our most commonly used household supplies. And at the homework station, we have one to hold crafts used for school projects (yay dioramas!). The only thing we don't use shoe hangers for is shoes!


    • Over the door shoe organizer
    • Adhesive hooks (if no door is available)
    • Craft supplies
    • Large binder clips (optional)

    Hang the shoe organizer over a door where it will be out of the way, but accessible to children. You can also hang it lower on any wall by using temporary adhesive hooks. Fill the pockets with craft supplies. If you don't use all the pockets, use the binder clips to fold up the bottom and get it out of the way.

    Hint: You might want to strategically place the least used (feathers and pompoms) at the top while the most commonly used pieces (paper and markers) will be easiest to reach.

  3. Under Desk Storage Drawers
    Kids don't need filing cabinets -- or do they? If your desk doesn't have drawers, or they seem to become a deep pit of lost paperwork, here's a simple solution.


    • Stackable plastic drawers
    • Drawer organizers, sized to fit inside your drawers

    Stackable drawers allow you to customize this homework organization solution to fit your exact needs. We used three clear plastic stackable drawers, with four square organizers in the top two drawers, used to separate supplies.

    We put pencils, pens, erasers and the rest of our homework supplies in the top drawer. Paints, crayons and craft supplies went the middle drawer. Then, in the bottom drawer, we put lined paper and a composition notebook for easy access.

For more ideas, check out these 51 Organizing Tips for Busy Families!

Katie Bugbee is our global parenting expert and senior managing editor here at Care.com. She has written for Babble, Huffington Post, Newsday and Parenting. A busy working mother, she offers families advice on many parenting dilemmas, from appeasing picky eaters to finding the perfect babysitter.

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