August 27, 2015

School Basket Organization System


Hi there everyone!  I hope all the kiddos that headed back to school this week are having a great start!  I loved seeing all the back to school pictures on IG!  Such cuties!!  I can hardly believe we have almost finished the first week!

Something that really helps us stay on top of things during the school year are these wall baskets.  I shared this basket organization system as a guest post earlier this week, but also wanted to share it on my blog too.  It is one of my most favorite organization systems for back to school and helps keep the counters clutter free and our kitchen space looking tidy!


 
In the back of our kitchen, we have a nice size desk space that I use daily.  It's just a nice central location in our home.  My laptop sits there and I love being right in the kitchen which also opens up to our family room, so I still feel part of whatever is going on.  The laundry room is through the door directly behind this desk, so I can keep on top of that when I work too.  We have a home office, but most everything I do happens right in this space.  It is definitely command central for our family.

 
You can see all three baskets that I use in the picture above.  There are two wall baskets labeled with each of my kids' names and then a larger basket on the counter that is part of this system as well.  The wall baskets are from World Market and they are a nice size (these are the medium size) and I love that they are wide enough to hold a binder.  Most wall organization systems I looked at, fit papers and notebooks, but not a binder.  The counter top basket is from Target.  You may notice that this space also leads into our dining room, so I like that these baskets look a bit nicer then other wall paper holders. 



So here's how it works for us...

During the school year when the kids come home with their 20 daily pages each, I quickly sort through them and toss what I don't need and then place whatever I need to keep in the larger counter top basket.  If I have time, I sort through and file the important papers to keep in the binders that are inside each child's basket.  But if we are running out the door for something or if I just don't feel like sorting papers immediately, they stay in the basket on the counter and things still look neat until I can get to them. 


Since school starts for us today, here's a look at what has been inside these baskets for the summer.  Below you can see that included along with the binders are their flashcards and whatever book they are currently reading.  During the school year these also hold any weekly study items like sight words, as well as box tops or other items we need to save or collect.

 
In each binder, I have clear protector sheets to keep permanent papers intact such as the school year calendar, class schedule, etc.  I also have dividers to file papers for their extracurricular activities, religion classes, and other miscellaneous items. 
 
And here's a close up look at the tabs for my daughter's binder.  I have them labeled right now with:  School, Sports/Cheer, Piano, Religion, Miscellaneous.
 
 
 
 

This basket system has worked so well for us!  It's really simple, but so necessary and such a big help keeping up with all the kids' important papers.

And if you're looking for a way to organize your kids' art supplies, this organized kids' arts and craft closet has been a really popular post for my readers in the past around this time of the year.  It has made the kids' school projects during the year so much easier with everything in order.

Have a great day everyone!

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10 comments:

  1. Great idea! Quick question ... how did you secure the baskets to your wall?

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    1. Thanks Clara! The baskets come with a sturdy cardboard type material on the back so that you can hook them on the wall. But since we were going to be putting heavy books and binders in ours, we used sheetrock anchors, then drove a screw through the front of the basket weave, which then went into the hook area. Hope that makes since :) It's worked great for us!

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    2. Makes total sense! Thank you :)

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  2. I love those baskets. I use a set of wire mesh ones I found at TJ Maxx, it really helps corral their important paperwork until I can go through it and file away the "keepers" in their keepsake boxes.
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  3. Great idea! Almost makes me wish I had Littles again instead of one left starting his senior year. (Almost...)

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  4. What is the purple flower on your counter?

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    1. Hi Jessica! I'm really not sure what the purple flowering plant is?? I picked it up at Trader Joes. Hope you're doing well :)

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  5. What is the purple flower on your counter?

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  6. Where did you get the baskets?

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    1. They are from World Market size medium. I lined the exact ones in my post :)

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