Back to School

Day One: Operation Organization

It’s that time of year again. I’m not ready. I don’t love the bickering or whining, and I am definitely not a fan of the sibling arguments or the never ending snack requests. But I love having my kids home for the summer. I love the adventures we go on, and I love the lazy days we stay home and play board games. I just love having everyone around. {Hear me. It’s not perfect, and some days I want to pull my hair out. But I still love it. You get me?}

This week I have a little Back-to-School series for you to help you get motivated to start thinking about the new school year that is starting. Ready or not. It’s coming.

Today’s post is about how we keep things organized with four kids. {This most may contain affiliate links}.


We moved into our house one year ago. It was the end of June, and the kids were home for summer break.

As we got closer to the new school year starting, I quickly realized we were soon going to be taken over by backpacks. We have three school age children and a toddler. But our new house didn’t have a landing zone for the girls to dump all their backpacks, jackets, and shoes after school. I knew that we needed to fix this problem before the school year started and all the craziness began. {Enjoy these throw back back-to-school photos of my sweet gals!}


With three kids, I also was aware that someone would soon be misplacing shoes, and before I knew it we would be spending time in the morning rushing around to find the missing shoes, which would eventually make us late for school. Ahhh, the joy of rushing around before school in the mornings.

We don’t really have a mud room, but our garage is connected to our small laundry room that connects to the kitchen. When we bought the house, the laundry room had been mudded but never painted. Although it was small, I knew there was potential for organization in our little space. So I decided to transform it into a landing zone.


And by that, I mean I decided to tell my husband what I wanted him to build to create a landing zone.


I wanted there to be a designated space to drop off shoes, backpacks, and jackets. I didn’t want anyone searching for these things in the morning, and I wanted to help my girls learn to stay organized. That’s the dream, am I right?


Since the room hadn’t been painted, I started by painting the whole laundry room. We had left over paint from a bathroom project. It was a light and fun color, so it was perfect to brighten up the dull laundry room.

Then I asked my hubby to build some wainscoting on the bare wall, and I sanded it and painted it white.

There was just enough space for each of the kids to have a double hook, one for backpack and one for jacket. And we placed three hooks on the top for mom and dad to use.






I also got a plastic bin for each girl’s shoes. This way they can kick them off right when they walk in, and in theory they won’t get lost.


I added magnets to the back door, making it a place to hang art work or reminders {without cluttering the refrigerator}.

So whether it’s a designated closet, hook on the wall, or Pinterest-worthy mudroom, find a designated drop zone for all the things that end up on the floor after school. Start the school year off right by having a place for all the things and teaching kids from the start to put things in their place. It will help save some of your sanity in the long run.

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