Budget Friendly School Organisation Station

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Tips for creating an affordable school organisation station at home to store school bags, books, uniforms, school stationary and more, in a tidy and clutter-free way.

A friend of mine has her daughter starting school this year and she is struggling with the thought of juggling full time work with everything related to school, washing uniforms, making lunches, homework and more.  As I love making organised spaces I offered to help her to create a system for her and her daughter to help reduce her stress of back to school.

My friend wanted her home and daughter’s name to remain anonymous so I have borrowed a few supplies from another friend to complete the space to show you how it will work as I am sure there are some readers who may be feeling the same.

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I purchased a 2 sets of 4 drawers from the local dollar store (they are so handy and have many uses) and labelled each of the drawers: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Homework, Lunchboxes and Shoes.

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My friend has purchased her daughter 3 school uniforms, she will wash on Tuesday night and dry the uniforms during the day on Wednesday. Then she will place the clean uniforms in the corresponding days/drawer.

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Read more here on how I label all the school supplies.

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Placing sports uniforms in the day the school has allocated as a sports day. Knowing on a Sunday night you have formal and sport uniforms ready for the week will help make you feel prepared. You could place a little sport like sticker on the sport day to help you remember which day it is.

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Place your child’s library bag in the day that the book is due back to the library, this is a good reminder for your child to pack it in their school bag.  Get your child to organise their show and tell for the week over the weekend, then place it the day/drawer and you can also placed signed school notes in the drawer when they are due.

This Personalised Library bag is available here, it is printed with your child’s name and makes a great lighweight back pack.  It will fit books with ease and will also great on sport and swimming days.

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Keep homework supplies tidily within one of the drawers.  I have placed the pencil and pencils in a caddy (purchased from local dollar store) that can easily be removed and taken to the kitchen table for homework time.

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Her daughter goes to after school care, on a Sunday night she can prepare a week of after school snacks along with a fresh piece of fruit on the day. I picked up this set of containers from The Reject Shop recently, they stick together making it really easy to stay organised.

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Go Green Lunch Box Set – Each Go Green Lunch Box set comes with an insulated fabric carrier, a five-compartment food container, and a drink bottle that will hold your child’s favorite drink. Available online here.

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And finally the last drawer to put school shoes, read tips for buying school shoes here. Having the shoes in a drawer of their own so you can easily clean away any dirt that falls off the shoes and won’t get clean uniforms dirty.

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I currently have a giveaway running at the moment for your chance to win a pair of Ascent School Shoes plus a Red Appolo mountain bike, enter here.

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Her school bag and hat can sit on top of the storage drawers and having the routine charts will help mum get her daughter out the door on time ready for school.

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I was inspired to create this idea after I saw the picture below on Pinterest…. unfortunately I can’t find the original image credit.

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Do you have a School Organisation Station in your home?

I would love to hear about it! Please leave me a comment below, or share pictures of your school organisation space with the rest of the community on my FACEBOOKINSTAGRAM or PINTEREST pages.

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15 comments

Rachel January 15, 2016 - 10:10 AM

I love this idea – but any suggestions for how to keep it manageable for 4 kids?!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 19, 2016 - 12:39 PM

That could be a little tricky, you may need a different solution for 4 children, or use a divider in the drawers to seperate them?

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Keera January 27, 2016 - 11:29 PM

Rachel, I have 3 children and rather than doing a day of the week box, I’m going to give each child their own box. I have their uniforms ready to go in their rooms so don’t need that box and have a specific lunchbox/drink bottle drawer in my kitchen.
I’ll be (they’ll be) putting their homework, library bags, glasses etc in their own boxes ready for the next morning.

I’m sick of losing things in their untidy (but organised) bedrooms 🙂 and getting in trouble from their teachers.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 10:13 AM

Great tip Keera I might share this with the community on facebook as many have enquired. Thank you for sharing.

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Pauline January 14, 2017 - 2:32 PM

That is exactly what I was going to ask!!! Ha ha

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Noorie January 15, 2016 - 10:48 PM

I love your blog, were trying a few of your ideas in our hectic unorganised house.. question: my daughter takes fruit to school, by the time its ready to eat, its brown. Is it a cheap box? Ive used a box with clips on each side, hoping on better feedback when she returns.
Do you preper sandwiches in the morning or the night before?
I have a three draw freezer, any ideas on how I can organise it instead of digging around to find things?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 19, 2016 - 12:42 PM

Hi Norrie, it does sound like your box is not airtight, it’s the air getting to the apple to change it’s colour. I have some tips here: https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/lunchbox-ideas/how-to-stop-apples-from-going-brown/ but I would also look into buying an airtight container for the fruit. If the kids have an early school day I will make their lunches the night before. I did this majority of last year, I put their boxes in the fridge in the evening then they grab it and an ice brick to back into their lunch bags. I have actually just purchased a new fridge, I really wanted a freezer with doors at the bottom, but couldn’t find exactly what I wanted so did go with a freezer drawer…. this is a full blog post in itself, I’ll prepare one in a few weeks 🙂

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Alison fuscs January 17, 2016 - 7:02 PM

I just set up this and a desk/homework area for my dd5 who is staring school in February! It looks amazing:) thanks for the inspiration!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 19, 2016 - 12:44 PM

I would love to see a picture please Alison, tag me on Instagram or share on my facebook page 🙂

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Kate January 28, 2016 - 10:43 AM

What a fabulous idea. Would love to know where the drawers came from. Haven’t seen them on my travels.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 10:46 AM

Hi Kate, I got them from my local Stacks store, it’s a dollar store here on the Gold Coast, at Westfield Helenvale and Robina Town Centre 😉

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Alison January 28, 2016 - 9:04 PM

I purchased them at a dollar store here in Sydney, in north rocks Westfield. It cost me $40 and I’m pretty happy!

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Judith May 28, 2016 - 4:48 AM

Here in the Netherlands we do not have school uniforms. And kids have lunch at home usually (unless both parents work). This means there is less to label and to store.

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Laura August 1, 2017 - 11:31 AM

I want to do this for my children. I saw the ikea trofast frame with trofast tubs. You can 3 different sized tubs and there are 3 sections.- one for each child.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 1, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Yes the trofast would be a great solid system to use!

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