Organise school bags with a School Bag Nook

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

BACK TO SCHOOL SERIES HEADERMany years ago after the twins started kindy I created our school bag nook.  I didn’t want to keep their school bags in their bedrooms and preferred to keep them off the floor.  Firstly it started with a few 3M hooks on the wall, then I personalised them a wooden letter for their name with a wooden hook (but they weren’t too sturdy on the wall) then finally I created the space we have now, which hasn’t changed for a few years.  This nook is hidden behind a wall between our living area and a hallway to the garage, a perfect spot to hide a utilities type area.

Click here to read more about how I created our School Bag Nook

Click here to read how a Mum of 5 keeps her kids school bags organised

Picture Frames and Bag Rack

Click here to find more great school bag nook ideas

Click here to read how my daughter uses these ‘Have I packed in my School Bag’ Charts

{The Organised Housewife} Have you packed chart - Purple

Thank you to reader Emily for sharing a picture of her ‘nook.

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Where do you store your kids school bags?

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21 comments

Marita Beard January 13, 2014 - 6:57 AM

We got a 4 shelf expedit unit (2×2) and put that in our foyer. Just the right size for sliding bags in, ours get to heavy to put on wall hooks.. well husbands bag anyway.

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Katrina January 13, 2014 - 7:14 AM

I LOVE the Expedit, so useful for a multitude of uses!!

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Jennifer January 13, 2014 - 7:25 AM

We’ve got an expedit as well. We have the 8 shelf one. The top row houses their school bags (and one for my handbag) and the bottom row houses their school shoes inside baskets. It works perfectly!

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Katrina January 14, 2014 - 3:30 PM

Expedits are definitely the most versatile piece of furniture!

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Debbie @ Aspiring Mum January 13, 2014 - 7:46 AM

We use the expedit as well. I bought some of the ‘Lekman’ boxes from Ikea for the bottom row – these are where the bags go, and the top row is for hats and homework folders. It looks neat and works really well.

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Katrina January 14, 2014 - 3:29 PM

That’s great! Looks and works are a winner 🙂

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Lisa Warren January 13, 2014 - 9:28 AM

I love how Emily has used the Ikea Trofast frames and tubs for her school storage! Fantastic. Love that even the bags are packed away

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Katrina January 14, 2014 - 3:29 PM

She has done a fabulous job!

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Anne January 13, 2014 - 9:58 AM

I still have problems with the school bags, but we put a row of hooks up with the days of the week on it for after-school activities. The Monday hook has the gymnastics uniform bag; Tuesday the Taekwondo, etc. That way the washing goes to a logical place, music books can be put away somewhere, etc., and grabbing them on the way out the door is very easy. There is a spare hook at the end for a “homework requirements” bag that has pens/pencils, coloured pencils, paper etc so the other child can do homework while waiting for the activity to end.

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Katrina January 14, 2014 - 3:28 PM

A very clever system!

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Mel January 13, 2014 - 10:44 AM

I have a small townhouse and a huge expedit just inside the front door, 2 cubes are dedicated to my 2 girls backpacks and then another 2 with baskets for shoes and another 2 for their homework stations. No more bags on my kitchen floor and it has worked well for the past 8 months or so we have been doing it.

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Katrina January 14, 2014 - 3:28 PM

When it’s worked that long, you definitely know it’s a success 🙂 x

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Deb January 17, 2014 - 10:57 AM

Just done our bag nook – got a shelf with sections above, and 9 hooks (4 kids), a shoe rack below, pottery barn boxes for papers etc and a whiteboard diary. may the clutter be confined to the one spot!

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Lisa M January 19, 2014 - 9:11 PM

Just wondering where you store the kids’ library bags Katrina or special bags for sports (swimming, footy etc)?

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Cathy August 6, 2014 - 10:34 PM

My friend runs a business called stuff masters. You should look at her launch pods. They’re amazing for organising kids bags etc.
I think the website is http://www.stuffmasters.com.au

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Katrina August 7, 2014 - 8:39 AM

Yes Cathy, they sent me one of their units and I helped one of my readers create an organised entryway for their school bags, shoes etc. Here is the post: https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/organising/a-tidy-and-organised-area-for-school-bags-hats-and-books/

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Sam Beddall August 10, 2014 - 4:43 AM

Kylie Nelson

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Sam Beddall August 10, 2014 - 4:43 AM

Kylie Nelson

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Leesa November 15, 2016 - 12:05 PM

Hi Katrina – would love recommendations for best brands for school bags. At my daughters school they hang bags up and the handle always ends up breaking….

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