Organizing Back-to-School Supplies

It’s that time of year again. Once you buy bags and bags of school supplies you need to get them organized by child and classes. That’s why I enlist my kids in the process of checking supplies off the lists, dividing the supplies up between themselves and then dividing them into classes. We usually have stacks of supplies all over the living room floor for about an hour, but then we’re ready for the new school year.

It’s never too early to shop for back-to-school supplies and be prepared for the new school year. I like being able to get the shopping done early so I’m not scrambling at the last minute. Some schools mail out a supply list or you can usually find it on line. If you haven’t received a list from your school you could still purchase basic school supplies you know your kids will need every year. That way you can still take advantage of sales and avoid the (first day after school) rush.

I also like purchasing extra basic supplies to have on hand throughout the school year. The kids are always running out of glue sticks, crayons, paper, pencils, etc. so why not have a few extra items ready for when they run out of those things.

We needed a binder to hold the supplies for all 5 of Ammon’s classes. His binder started falling apart after only a couple months last year so I used duct tape to reinforce the edges and corners on his new one, then he wanted his initial on the front so we used the same tape to make an “A”. I love these poly pocket folders. The paper ones don’t last very long with kids, but the poly ones last the whole school year. We chose one of each color to represent the different classes. He needed a composition book for each class too, so we used a page protector to slip the book in right behind the folder for the same class. It was easy to organize all his supplies in his binder.

We were able to fit all the pens, pencils, erasers, and scissors in the pencil pouch and add it to the front of his binder. I used the colored markers to add the classes to the composition books, in colors that coordinate with each folder. I like the mesh and fabric pouches, they are sturdy and last longer than others.

We also keep a portable homework box full of supplies the kids might need to complete their homework. I bought extra supplies to replenish the box for the start of the new school year. You can make your own box using anything that can hold all your supplies. I used a map to cover our homework box.

There was a small newsletter attached with the supply list. One of the things included was a “Tips for Success” blurb. I liked it so much that I made a printable for my kids to stick in their binders or on the cork board in their room. I made one for you to print off too. Just click here to print. These are some great reminders on how to have a successful school year.

If your kids need separate binder, folders and notebooks I suggest color coordinating them. It makes it easier for kids to keep everything organized. You can also use colored stickers to label the books and other supplies for classes.

Organizing Back to School Supplies for the new school year

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  • Lisa July 15, 2014, 7:40 am

    This is great. Very helpful post. I love the homework box

  • Jesseca July 15, 2014, 8:42 am

    My son starts kindergarten this year and I am so overwhelmed with the amount of supplies I need to buy! I had no idea Dollar General carried so many things!

  • Amy | The Happy Scraps July 16, 2014, 7:26 am

    I love buying school supplies! I can hardly believe it is time to start thinking about it already. 🙂

  • Jennifer Priest July 17, 2014, 9:21 am

    Oh we just had a new Dollar General open down the street! I am so going there for Back to School now! Thanks for posting this 🙂

  • Becky @ Utah Sweet Savings July 20, 2014, 6:47 pm

    I love school supplies! Isn’t that weird. I can’t wait to go shopping. Thanks for posting!

  • Holly @ Bits of Everything August 1, 2014, 7:37 am

    I love the initials on the water bottles. It is way cuter than using a sharpie. 🙂

  • Kenneth J Reily June 20, 2017, 12:40 am

    this was very helpful. i can help teach my kid and also organize my routine.

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