13 Easy Back to School Tips That Will Make You Feel More Organized

As summer inches on, it’s easy to put off getting ready for the new school year until the last possible minute (those 10 pm Walmart runs the night before feel way too familiar…) But being unprepared adds so much more stress than it needs to, and if anything, makes the back to school blues feel even worse.

Whether you’re getting yourself or someone else ready, check out this list of the best ways to get ahead of the game for the new school year – designed for anyone who struggles with organization.

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  1. Create a bag station for mornings
    You don’t need a swoon-worthy entryway or a command center that’s pure #Pinterestgoals to create a bag station to make mornings go faster. Designating any nook or shelf as the place where everything for school stays and sticking to it is one of the best ways to help every morning more organized.
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    Do Not Forget Door Knob Organizer

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  2. Practise your travel time
    Practice whatever journey you have ahead of the start of the school year at least once, so you know what to expect and can allow enough time.
  3. Plan a stress free routine
    Once you have your travel planned, think about your ideal getting ready routine, and plan backward from there. Work in enough time to have a buffer in case of any last-minute emergencies.
  4. Phase in earlier nights
    One of the hardest things about the new school year is getting used to early mornings again. If sleeping in has become a habit over the summer, start the early nights now to make it less painful. For more tips on getting out of bed first thing more easily, check out: RELATED: 16 Pain Free Tips That Will Help You Get Up Earlier

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    1. Buy backups for an emergency stash
      For low-cost items like hairbrushes and socks, buy extra and keep them in an emergency stash near the entryway or your car. You can also include things like a lint roller, band-aids, tissues, a mirror, wet wipes, and a sewing kit.
    2. Evaluate your clothes and plan outfits

      I think we can all agree that showing up with a fresh new look is one of the best ways to feel good about going back to school, so do a mini wardrobe overhaul to see what you need. Planning outfits, photographing them and keeping them in an album on your phone will save wardrobe stress in the mornings over what to wear.

      The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

      The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

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    3. Book appointments

      If you need to book haircuts, doctor’s appointments, or anything else, getting them all out of the way now will save a lot of hassle once the new school year starts.

    4. Do a study area overhaul

      Make desks or work areas somewhere fun and productive by giving them an image overhaul. Trust Pinterest to give you some brilliant organization inspiration that doesn’t have to cost the earth. You could even try some fun projects for a home crafternoon like making some creative DIY desk accessories.

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