Keeping Back to School Supplies Organised


All the back to school items can get rather unorganised and out of control…. only if you let it.  I have a plan of attack right from the get go.  I start planning early, which gives me enough time to purchase everything I need and either spend a full day labelling and covering or an hour here and there during January.  Below is how I keep everything organised and tidy.

Keeping Back to School Chaos Organised!

Gather a storage basket for each child.

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I like to keep it in a central location (in my kitchen/dining area) so I can simply label something if I have a spare few minutes, talking on the phone, waiting for the kettle to boil or dinner to simmer.

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Next I add in everything that the kids brought home from school last year and can be reused this year.  I also add into the basket, uniforms and school bags to be labelled (but for privacy I have left these out of the photo).

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{The Organised Housewife} Back to School Supply Organising

Then I will print the booklist and place into each basket.  I will then go through the booklist and purchase all remaining items needed.  When the kids were younger I purchased their school supplies from the school’s preferred book supplier.  This order usually has to be placed in November, at which point I don’t know how many extra books, binders or other supplies the kids have left over.  Ordering unnecessary items is a waste of money and adds up when you have 3 children.  This year I will gather everything from OfficeWorks or the department stores such as KMart or BigW.   I have compared prices over the years and I don’t find the book supplier to be any cheaper, it’s just a bonus to have them mail it all to me.

When I bring the supplies home I will split up the purchase into the correct basket.

Then there’s the fun part of labelling and covering, which will all be discussed in another blog post!

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