Organization Tips for the New School Year

8 Organization Tips for the New School YearThere are certain times that just beg for some organizing and cleaning up of clutter around the house. The New Year, spring cleaning, and back to school are perfect times to get some order going! I’ve rounded up some great ideas that are not only practical for the new school year, but are sure to keep you organized in all areas of your life!

Organization Tips for the New School YearI think I NEED something just like this wall file folder to keep our paper clutter organized. Right now we have a tray on our entry table that works well, but I love the neat and clear way everything is categorized. See more at Simple Stylings.

Organization Tips for the New School YearI love the idea of having a cute basket to keep the library books separate from our books. Any basket will do the trick, but Blue I Style has a great tutorial on how she made this leather and wire basket.

Organization Tips for the New School YearCan I use this next idea from Here Comes the Sun for myself, as well as for my kids? This will solve so many problems in the morning when I’m getting dressed! And my 4 year old, who loves to do everything “by myself!” will most definitely approve.

Organization Tips for the New School YearKids bring home lots of artwork and papers throughout the school year, these School File Boxes from Simple as That are perfect for keeping the most precious of memories safe.

Organization Tips for the New School YearI would like someone to come and prepare all my meals just like Fabulessly Frugal has done for her family. I am currently accepting applications for the position of Meal Organizer in my household.

Organization Tips for the New School YearA backpack station like this one from Goodbye, House. Hello, Home. can help tame some of the mess and chaos on those busy school mornings!

Organization Tips for the New School YearTake note of this next project from A Bowl Full of Lemons. When it comes time to find supplies for homework or crafts keeping everything organized and together will help your kid’s creative minds flourish! These over the door holders are great for organizing everything from pens and pencils to cleaners and beauty products!

Wondering how to keep track of everyone’s schedules, to do lists, and the weekly menu plan? How about a dry erase calendar and menu planner to keep you organized?! You can place this calendar and menu planner in your favorite frames and write directly on the glass with dry erase markers. Then simply erase the markers off the glass to use the set again and again, month after month. Use different color markers for each member of the family to really stay on top of everything! I could not function without our calendar and I use it multiple times a day. It hangs on the wall with our menu planner right in the kitchen and serves as a great command center for all our comings and going!

I have several different styles of these calendars and menu planners in my Etsy shop and guess what…? I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY right now on Instagram for your choice of any Printed Calendar and Menu Planner set! Head over now and enter to win!

Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you have the most organized school year yet!


Back to School Mantle Decorating Ideas

There is always that time of year between the 4th of July and the start of fall/Halloween where I am never quite sure how to decorate. There aren’t really any holidays that require decorations but I don’t like leaving my piano bare. So I figured, why not decorate for Back to School? There are lots of cute items associated with school (apples, globes, books, etc.) and I knew I could make a fun Back to School Mantle with some creative shopping around my house.

Back to School Mantle DecorationsBack to School Mantle Decorations

I am pretty happy about this arrangement and the fact that I didn’t have to buy a single thing for it! I left up my $3 thrift store deal from the 4th of July display I stole decorations from my son’s room (he’s two, he won’t care) and off the bookshelf in our living room.

Back to School Mantle DecorationsDon’t you just love old books? There is something so charming about their faded covers and worn pages. I don’t know if you can describe a book as cozy, but that is the word that comes to my mind. Old books are cozy!

And speaking of old books, I love this large leather dictionary I found at a thrift store several years ago. It is from the late 1800s and the inside has so many beautiful illustrations to go along with the definitions. It is definitely in some rough shape so I try not to handle it too much, but it is perfect for this back to school mantle.

Back to School Mantle Decorations

And any back to school display wouldn’t be complete without a jar full of shiny, new pencils and bright red apples!

Back to School Mantle DecorationsThe globe is one of the stolen pieces from my son’s room, I think it originally came from Ross? The board behind is a scrap piece of wood that I just spray painted to use as a backdrop and as a place to hang the fabric bunting.

Back to School Mantle DecorationsBack to School Mantle DecorationsI also created the A is for Apple print which I’m sharing with you all today! Download the PDF or save the JPEG to your computer for easy printing!


So what do you think? Will you decorate for back to school?


Printable First Day of School Signs

I can’t believe that it is time to start talking about Back to School! We were just barely enjoying fireworks and parades and now all of sudden it is time for new pencils, backpacks, and first day of school outfits. The schools here start in two weeks so I know there is a lot of to do as everyone prepares. (And celebrates if you’re a parent!) I’ve created some new printables to help you out in at least one part of back to school. The traditional First Day of School Signs for your pictures!

Free Printable Back to School Signs- Preschool thru Senior Year

This is such a fun tradition to do every year with your kids. It is so special to be able to look back and see how they have changed and grown over the years.

**Okay, I’ve got to take a break and be honest for a second. If you were sitting next to me on the couch while I am typing this blog post you’d see me sitting here trying really hard to hold back the tears. Whhyyyy are my kids growing up so fast?! I just watched a video where a dad interviewed his daughter after every first day of school and whew, that one really brought on the tears. So taking these pictures is important, you won’t ever get another chance to capture this time in your child’s life again.**

Free Printable Back to School Signs- Preschool thru Senior YearI’ve made signs for every year of school from Preschool to Senior Year. And while yes, you may have to resort to some good natured mom guilt or bribing to get your teenagers to cooperate, go ahead and take their picture too! They’ll appreciate it when they’re older. At least that is what we moms tell ourselves as we are knee deep in laundry and dirty dishes.  :)

The First Day of School Signs are all formatted to fit on standard 8.5×11 paper so you can print right from your home computer. You can frame them, laminate them, or simply have your children hold the paper while you snap away. Easy peasy! I’ve broken the signs up into two PDF sets due to the file size so make sure you download both sets!

First Day of School Signs – Preschool thru 5th Grade

First Day of School Signs – 6th Grade thru Senior Year

Free Printable Back to School Signs- Preschool thru Senior Year

10 Gifts for Teachers for Under $10

You all know I am a big proponent of giving gifts as a way to say thank you. But that doesn’t mean I am a big proponent of super expensive and time consuming gifts! A small, thoughtful token is all you need to let someone know you appreciate them. And since there are few people who deserve our appreciation more than teachers I thought I’d put together a list of 10 Gifts for Teachers for Under $10! With the end of the school year fast approaching you can find some great gift ideas that won’t break the bank!

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

Target Gift Hard Holder from

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

It’s Been A Treat Gift Card Holder (+more designs) from Crazy Little Projects

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

It Mint So Much Gift Basket from Darling Doodles

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

Toe-tally Awesome Teacher from Eighteen25

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

Gum Gift Tag Printable from Cutesy Crafts

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

Donut Gift Tag from Happiness is Homemade

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

Candy Bar Wrappers from Darling Doodles on Etsy

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

Cookie Appreciation Gift Tags from Teepee Girl

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

You’re the Balm Gift Tag from Simple as That

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

Amazon Gift Card from The Digi Sloth on Etsy

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

These gifts are all practical, yummy, or useful and will probably go over better than yet another mug with an apple on it. :) I think the best part of ANY gift would be to include a heartfelt thank you note written by either you or your child that acknowledges everything the teacher has done to help their students succeed!

“Extra” Fun Back to School Gift Idea

I know most people are a little bummed about the fact that summer is just about over and school will be starting soon.  I however, could not be more thrilled that summer is winding down.  The 100+ degree weather in Phoenix and I just do not mix.  Please let the cooler weather get here as soon as possible!  I do find it crazy that the school year is beginning soon (some have started already!) and they seem to start earlier and earlier every year.  I know back to school is a busy time for lots of people so I wanted to put together one gift idea that is quick, easy, and something that is actually useful for the teacher as well.  It is a gift basket with “extra” supplies for an “extra” good year!

Extra Supplies Back to School Gift Basket with FREE printable tagSchool budgets are tighter and tighter and teachers are using more of their own money to buy school supplies.  I hit up the sales and managed to pick up quite a few items for pretty cheap.  You can include basically anything that fits in school supplies.  Paper, glue sticks, scissors, paper clips, pens, pencils, markers, rulers, staples, post-it notes, crayons, rubber bands, erasers, etc.  Anything!  It would also be cute to include a package of Extra gum as well.

Extra Supplies Back to School Gift Basket with FREE printable tagThis is a gift that is easy to create based on your budget, you can make it with just a few supplies or put together a large basket.  The Dollar Tree has great containers that are perfect for just this type of present.  Add the printable tag and you are all set!

Download the PDF Gift Tag

Extra Supplies Back to School Gift Basket with FREE printable tag

An “Apple” For Teacher

Is it already time for back to school ideas?  Apparently because I am seeing them explode all over Pinterest and Facebook!  Lots of apples.  Apples & Teachers.  Teachers & Apples.  They just go together.  It seems like every teacher has an apple shaped pencil holder or a world’s best teacher mug dotted in apples.   It is probably safe to say that your child’s teacher already has their fair share of apple knickknacks so this year if you are looking for a Back to School Teacher Gift this modern twist on an old favorite is a great way to go.

This little gift basket includes apple themed items that can actually be used and enjoyed instead of just gathering dust on a shelf.  You can put together a whole basket or just choose one or two items and jazz them up with some cute ribbon.  Some ideas:

  • Apple scented candle
  • Apple scented lotion
  • Apple Cider
  • Apple Butter
  • Apple Menu Planner

The Apple Menu Planner is available in my Etsy Shop for $3.00 and once you add it to a frame it makes a great gift all on its own.

While most of these are more suited for a woman I think a male teacher would still enjoy the apple butter, cider, or a basket of caramel apples as well.

Add the printable gift tag to tie all the items together and you have an easy and cute gift.


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