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Back to School Organization

Summer is coming to a close and it is time to get back into the swing of things with SCHOOL! 

I am joining in a "Back to School Style Guide" blog hop hosted by Amber, from Restless Arrow.  Make sure and stop by her blog to see the entire line-up.  If you are coming over from Maison de Pax, Welcome!!  What wonderful tips for creating a homework space!

I always dread going back to routine.  It seems this summer went especially fast.  (Okay, I say that every August).  My boys are great sleepers and it only took the early risers a week to settle in to an 8:30 am wake time.  The late sleepers strolled out around 10-10:30 am.  This should have given me ample time to have peace and quiet time before the chaos began, but let's be honest, I slept until at least 8:00.  I am the night owl, catching up on IG, FB, Blogs, Decorating, etc. until the wee hours.  

In order to get organized for the coming year, I took a cabinet in my kitchen and repurposed it to be a organized workhorse (dumping station) for school assignments and projects.  Here, I can close the door and keep the clutter at bay.

On the door, I have a Dry Erase Decal that I love writing my to-do list on.

Containing all of my essentials in a tray lends a touch of organization.This is my phone station.  I used a tole tray as a message center.  Magnet clips work perfectly on it!  I keep my coupons in this slim magazine file holder.  Gold binder clips come in handy for an assortment of uses.  The brass tray is from Target and the acrylic note holder was a gift.  

Magazine File Folders keep my boys' stuff organized.  Every day, they come home with a "project" they "really want to keep."  I will put them in their designated file folder, then at the end of the month, we I will go through them and purge the junk.  The "keeps" go upstairs to the linen closet where I keep tubs for each child to collect whatever "project" they would like.  I toss anything made with food (i.e. cereal or pasta).  I like to hang on to things that have handprints or self made pictures.   I sometimes have the gene "packus-ratus" so I really have to work on that. :)

This shelf has an acrylic file system that I separate "bills to pay," "Paid bills to file," and important directories/work schedule. 

These photo boxes are labeled "Receipts" and "Taxes" for the calendar year. 

This system has been working well for us for three years now.
The boys can easily reach inside, grab what they need for homework, look at the calendar, and file away papers.

How do you stay get organized for Back-to-School?  
I'd love for you to leave me a comment with your tips for organization!!

Next up is The Southern Style Guide with more Back-to-School tips for you!

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  1. love it, emily! it looks so pretty and is totally functional, too!

  2. Love, love this! I need to get a handle on some of our paper clutter. These are great ideas!

  3. So nice to be able to close the doors on all of that, but everything's so pretty you don't need to!

  4. Such a wonderful organizational center!....Don't have kiddos at home anymore but this is certainly a great organized work station for anyone....So funny...I have tole trays hanging in a hallway to the garage with magnets with notes, dry cleaning slips, etc...Love your tole tray message area....and then it is all hidden behind those beautiful cabinets of yours!....I am working on the packus-ratus condition too!

    1. I desperately need to purge. Why does it make me so sappy?

  5. Emily, what beautiful storage! And I'm glad I'm not the only one that has kiddos bring home items they "really want to keep!" :) Thanks so much for these tips and for joining us!!

    1. Often my children find things in the trash... That's never good. Have to throw away then hide the trash. ;). Thank you for including me!!

  6. What a great home organization space! I just found your blog by your feature at Cedar Hill Farmhouse. I love French Country style and have just started a French Country blog about 8 weeks ago. Your house is beautiful! I hope that you have a wonderful and blessed day!!!

  7. This is such a great idea Emily!! I love how it is all hidden. And a dumping zone is absolutely essential!!

  8. I keep saying want to open every cabinet and have beautiful storage. I'm definitely inspired!

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