The carefree feeling of summertime may be fleeting come August, but that doesn’t mean you have to start stressing about back-to-school season. As little ones return to the classroom, make sure your home is equipped with plenty of storage and organization options for all their gear. And don’t forget about yourself. A multi-purpose notebook and a carry-it-all tote bag will help you balance a busy work schedule and Meet Your Teacher night.
These Martha Stewart approved products from her newly expanded line at Staples deserve an A+ for helping you maintain a clean home amid the school supplies. Here are our most dependable must-haves:
Go from Countertop to Wall
The all-new Wall Manager® System is a creative solution for an all-too-common problem: a lack of organizing options that work for the entire family. Install a set of horizontal rails—available in small, medium, and large lengths—and customize the accessories to your needs. It acts as the family’s central hub and helps to clear countertops and tables of clutter.
Slide in a reversible dry erase board and corkboard panel to write down the grocery list, display report cards, and leave notes for the family. Include hooks to hold keys and hanging shelves to keep stationery products out of the junk drawer.
Organization Tip: Assign your children their own hanging file sorters labeled with their names. Teach them to organize exam study materials and class assignments in their sorters.
The system can also be used to create a compact work space, like this one in the kitchen. A hanging file sorter can hold outgoing mail and a hanging pencil cup will ensure the kids don’t run out of writing utensils when doing homework at the kitchen table.
More Than a Journal
Juggle your career responsibilities and the kids’ soccer practice schedule with a multi-purpose, customizable notebook. The Discbound™ system can be outfitted with accessories like dividers, memo pads, and clear zip pockets. Each have pre-punched spines that make it easy to add, remove, and rearrange the contents of your notebook.
Organization Tip: Customize a junior-size Discbound™ notebook for each of your children using Martha Stewart craft paint and stencils available at Michaels. A trendy monogram in their favorite color will send them back to school in style. And instead of using a different notebook for each class, they can use dividers to organize the Discbound™ in sections.
Filing Cabinet Alternative
The Stack + Fit™ collection is designed to create cohesive and stackable storage solutions with a stylish aesthetic. Keep class syllabi, previous exams, and progress reports tucked away in file boxes. Magazine files and inboxes are handy for organizing loose papers you frequently reference.
Take it on the Go
Transition from work mode to mom mode with a functional tote bag that will take you from the office to ballet class. Interior pockets hold your phone, makeup, and other small items that tend to get lost at the bottom of your purse. Also inside the zipper closure is a padded sleeve for your laptop or tablet. This bag is great for a family vacation. The rear pocket unzips at the bottom, allowing you to slip the bag over the handle of your rolling luggage.