How to prep your home for back-to-school time
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How to prep your home for back-to-school time

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Corynne Pless Photography, original photo on Houzz

While it may still feel like summer outside, September is practically ubiquitous with one thing: heading back to school. Ensure you’re ready to tackle a busy routine once again by getting your home organization in tip-top shape. Whether you want to add storage to your home entryway or make lunch prep more efficient, read on to get some serious back-to-school inspiration.

Related: Find even more storage and organization tools on Houzz

Corral the Shoes

Provide a convenient spot for kids and guests alike to take off their shoes with this convenient shoe storage bench. Made of wood with a padded seat, this country-style bench has two cupboards, one drawer and six shoe cubbies. There’s plenty of room to keep shoes, bags or even homework to ensure it’s ready to go in the morning.

Gemma Shoe Storage Bench from Houzz

Tread on the Rug

You may be concerned about keeping an entryway rug clean, but this jute- and cotton-blend runner is a durable, yet stylish option. Handwoven, it features a geometric pattern that would match with almost any decor. And the rest of your floors are sure to be cleaner because of it!

Studio Seven Handwoven Area Rug from Houzz

Hang up the Backpack

This year, why not create a designated space for backpacks and coats? This set of wall buttons offers a fun and playful way to keep the essentials organized and out of the way. Made of wood and available in a multicolor, black or natural color scheme, these coat hangers are sure to be popular with the kids.

Mod Made Wall Button Coat Hanger from Houzz

Send a Message

Having a central command station can do wonders in keeping the whole family on track throughout the week. This message center includes a chalkboard, shelf and three hooks, so you can write reminders right where coats or backpacks are stored. And with its rustic-farmhouse style, this message board would look gorgeous in a kitchen or hall.

Rustic Message Center with Chalkboard from Houzz

Set up a Homework Station

Help your child stay focused by setting up a designated homework zone, and keep all of the supplies he or she needs in this desk organizer. With six compartments and two drawers, this bamboo organizer is perfect for holding extra pens, pencils, paper clips and craft supplies all in one spot.

Eco-Friendly Desk Organizer from Houzz

Grab and Go

Try hanging up this three-tiered wall rack and assigning a different basket to your family members. Kids can keep binders, books or lunchboxes in their baskets, and easily grab the essentials on the way out the door.

Farmhouse 3-Tiered Basket Wall Rack from Houzz

Organize, Again

When it comes to keeping kids (and adults) organized during the school year, you can never have enough storage bins. This metal basket has five slots and a wooden handle for easy toting around the house. With a chic gray finish, it’ll look good in any room — and can store just about anything, from school supplies to snacks.

Urban Trends Metal Basket, Gray from Houzz

Snack Responsibly

Kids need something to munch on during a long school day, but why not make those packed lunches a little greener with these reusable bags? Available in an array of vibrant colors, they’re dishwasher safe, durable and even come with a grip and pull tab for easy opening. This set comes with two sandwich bags and two snack bags to fit a variety of foods.

Russbe Snack/Sandwich Bags, Lemon Linen from Houzz

Prep Like a Pro

Keep kid-friendly treats like pretzels, dried fruit and nuts handy in these canisters, to make lunch prep a breeze. This set of three stainless steel canisters has easy, pop-off lids and will keep your dry foods fresh. And the windows on each canister will help you know just what you’re running low on.

3-Piece Vertical Window Canister Set from Houzz

Overhaul the Pantry

In fact, now’s a great time to reorganize the whole pantry, and this over-the-door rack will add plenty of extra storage space. Five feet tall and made of powder-coated steel, this rack has six baskets to conveniently display your go-to items.

Overdoor Rack with 6 Baskets from Houzz


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