I wish Organization Skills 101 was part of the standard school curriculum. Learning how to organize school papers, books, schedules and supplies has a lifelong positive impact.
Luckily there are several types of back-to-school organizers that can help your kids stay organized throughout the school year. Here are three good choices:
- For homework–the Homework Organizer is designed to hang on a door (it’s 28 inches wide by 36 inches high, to fit a standard door frame) or wall with two removable adhesive hooks. It features four legal-size pockets with insertable labels for organizing papers and schoolbooks; two clear pockets for small supplies such as pens, pencils, glue sticks,etc.; a dry-erase calendar so you and your child can note after-school activities and assignment due dates; a small pocket for housing the included dry ease marker; a large clear pocket for displaying a lunch menu or sports schedule; and two Velcro straps at the bottom for poster board project storage. It’s available in three color combinations.
- For backpacks–the Smead Backpack Organizer has three tabbed pockets (each designed to hold up to 50 pages) for keeping papers organized, and a tuck flap to secure documents when you’re on the move. The backpack-friendly vertical orientation makes it easy to access papers. There’s also a seven-pocket version. And to keep backpacks off the floor, there’s the Backpack Rack that
attaches to doors with a stretch strap; it includes eight hooks that are fully adjustable up or down.
- For lockers–the Adjustable Double Locker Shelf features two shelves that can be installed at various heights and a pull-out drawer for school supplies and personal items. It fits in locker spaces measuring 9 inches to 12 inches wide and stands approximately 24 inches high, so it’s best used in taller locker spaces.