Stay Organized this School Year with Ziploc® Brand

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overhead view of plastic food bags decorated with colorful washi tape holding crayons, markers and school supplies with stapler laying on white wood table

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost back-to-school time. That means homework assignments are just around the corner. As a mother of three, I’ve learned over the years that for my children to succeed at doing homework, I need to have supplies required to complete the homework readily available. But, just having the supplies is not enough – the homework supplies need to be organized so that they’re easy to find (and easy to put away). You all know how I love organizing and saving money. So, today I’m going to share one of my favorite back-to-school organization tricks which costs almost nothing and makes homework time so much easier. When homework time is easier, my children do better in school and everyone is much happier (and less stressed).

Back-to-school organization is critical because one of the biggest keys to success in homework and in school is being organized. I’m a firm believer in keeping organization simple and low cost while making sure that it is useful for my family.

Easy Back-to-School Organization

Keeping all the necessary supplies in one place that is easily accessible for my children helps keep them focused on completing homework. If they know where to find exactly what they need, they won’t waste time searching for the item and getting distracted. I keep homework supplies in small bins so that my children can take the container to where they’re studying. With three children, we need organized homework supplies that can easily be transported around the house to wherever each child is working.

overhead view of 2 plastic food bags decorated with red and pink washi tape holding crayons and white index cards with black text next to box with floral paper and text "flash cards"

I keep each type of homework supply separately organized in Ziploc® brand bags with Easy Open Tabs. Using different size bags keeps items neatly organized so that they’re easy to find and easy to put away. Keeping the organization system simple helps keep my children focused on homework rather than figuring out a complicated system. And, putting the supplies away in a Ziploc® brand bag with Easy Open Tabs is so easy there’s no reason for them not to put everything back away when they’re done. I find that making our organization system easy builds independence and encourages responsibility.

I use Ziploc® brand bags that I already have on-hand (tell me I’m the not the only one with every single type of Ziploc® brand bag with Easy Open Tabs made) to organize the individual items. Since I already have the bags in my pantry, they cost me nothing or pennies (depending on your accounting method).

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While I was doing my grocery shopping at Harris Teeter, I picked up a few more boxes of Ziploc® brand bags with Easy Open Tabs since they’re on sale. I found them in the aisle with plastic bags and paper plates.

You can also pick up the following packs for $.50 off the retail price from August 9 through August 30, 2015:

  • Ziploc® brand Sandwich bags with Easy Open Tabs 40ct box
  • Ziploc® brand Sandwich bags with Easy Open Tabs 90ct box
  • Ziploc® brand Snack bags with Easy Open Tabs 90ct

That means there are even more ways to save money on your back-to-school organization.

When I brought Ziploc® brand bags with Easy Open Tabs home, I took a few minutes to decorate them to catch my children’s interests. I like to use bright, cheerful colors, their favorite sports team or favorite characters. Making the organization supplies more interesting to my children makes it fun and more likely that my children will want to use them. 


Ziploc® brand bags with Easy Open Tabs (use different sizes for different sized supplies and containers)

Duct tape

Paper cutter or scissors

Label maker, stick-on letters or marker

overhead view of blue box of plastic food bags, bag laying on table with red and white polka dot tape near top, pair of scissors with red handle

Decorate the Ziploc® brand bags with Easy Open Tabs. It’s very easy to decorate the bags by simply adding a strip of duct tape.

In about 30 minutes or less, you’ve created fun and colorful back-to-school bags that cost you pennies. Best of all, it’s a system that will really help your family with homework organization and success. 

What tips for back-to-school organization with Ziploc® brand bags with Easy Open Tabs do you have?

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  1. Susan, I love that you have your little ones organized with Ziploc bags. I think using the washi tape is a great idea. It will help them to remember what goes in what bag and can make it a bit more fun to sit down and work on homework. We use Ziploc bags for many things, but organizing for school was not one of them – great idea.

  2. So organised…but oh so environmentally unfriendly. I know you really value upcycled and repurposed packaging, so much better than all that new, unrecyclable plastic…

    1. I’ve been known to repurpose a zipper bag that was used for something else first, Emma (I know that won’t surprise you about me 🙂 )

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