Now is the time to get organized for the start of school. Organization is fundamental to homework success. Often the simple solutions are the best. This back-to-school organizer for desk supplies works great in organizing school supplies for your student. No more excuses or wasted time when it’s homework time. Getting organized can be frugal and earth-friendly when you use repurposed items and this simple tutorial.
As a parent educator and mother of three, I know that having an organized homework location is one of the key factors for children to be successful in completing homework and in overall academic success. A big part of getting organized is organizing desk supplies.
Why Organize Desk Supplies
- An organized homework location allows your student to focus on studying rather than feeling overwhelmed by a mess.
- Organized desk supplies allows your child to efficiently find the tools and supplies they need, so they can get right to work on homework.
- Organized back-to school supplies prevent wasted time and distractions as your student looks for the supplies they need.
- Organized desk supplies saves you time and headaches looking for misplaced supplies your child needs.
- Organized back-to-school desk supplies saves money because you don’t buy unnecessary duplicates.
This is a simple DIY project that you can make with your child. Involving your child helps build excitement that will lead to academic success. Plus, the time you spend together making your back-to-school organizer allows you to strengthen your parent-child bond.
Back-to-School Organizer for Desk Supplies
- Recycled tuna packet box from the grocery store,
- Wrapping paper or decorative paper
- Decoupage Glue
- Sponge paint brush
- Embellishments – I used a repurposed hair accessory.
Back-to-School Organizer Tutorial
Step 1 – Paint decoupage glue onto the tuna packet box. This makes it easier to add the paper than if you paint the glue onto the paper.
Step 2 – Wrap paper around the box and tuck tabs down into the inside edges of the tuna box.
Step 3 – Smooth all wrinkles out and paper edges down. Allow the box to dry approximately 20 minutes.
Step 4 – Cut the interior cardboard insert into 2 pieces, each the length of the diagonal length of the box. Cut a notch into each piece so that it can interconnect and make an “X”.
Place the “X” insert into the box to create different sections to organize office supplies.
Add an embellishment that matches your child’s interests or your decor. Stickers are an easy embellishment and you probably already have tons laying around. I happened to have a flower from a broken hair accessory, so I used for my back-to-school organizer box.
This back-to-school organizer project takes about 15 minutes to make, plus drying time. Frugal and creative organizing is the best, isn’t it? Best of luck for the new school year.
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I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.