Making a back to school organiser to teach independence

School mornings are chaos in this house. Missing shoes, dirty socks and chewed reading books. Uneaten breakfast, spilt drinks and needy children. But I’ve realised I’m getting it all wrong. The girls are craving independence, so for this month’s Bostik Blogger craft, they’ve created a storage device to give them just that.

Back to school daily organiser | If mornings are chaotic in your house with lost belongings and disorganised children, your whole family could benefit from this incredibly simple daily organiser. Simply label each drawer with a day of the week and pre-fill for everything the kids will need for school each day. Anything forgotten is now the children's responsibility as they have the independence to get themselves ready.

Upcycling a storage unit into a back to school organiser

We’ve had an old storage unit gathering dust for a while now. I didn’t want to throw it away because if there’s one thing we do need, it’s storage. And over the last few days, I’ve been doing my best to give Libby a bit more independence. She thrives on it, desperate to be useful.

Back to school daily organiser | If mornings are chaotic in your house with lost belongings and disorganised children, your whole family could benefit from this incredibly simple daily organiser. Simply label each drawer with a day of the week and pre-fill for everything the kids will need for school each day. Anything forgotten is now the children's responsibility as they have the independence to get themselves ready.

So I decided that when she went back to school, it was time for her to take responsibility for getting everything ready each day. That way if she forgets anything, it’s a life lesson, rather than a 30 minute round trip for me to drop it off. Butย she’s not ready to get all her clothes together herself and remember all the things she needs to take each day. And that’s where the organiser comes in.

What you will need

  • A storage unit with drawers or boxes
  • One A4 piece of paper or card
  • Blu tack
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Decorations (optional)

Method

  1. We cleaned out our old storage unit inside and out so it was ready to upcycle
  2. Cut the A4 paper or card into eight pieces
  3. Label them with the days of the week plus one marked, ‘Extras’
  4. Put two dots of blu tack onto the back of each piece of paper or card
  5. Stick them onto the drawers
  6. Decorate the storage unit as desired
  7. Fill with clothes and essential items for each day of the week, plus extras as required

Back to school daily organiser | If mornings are chaotic in your house with lost belongings and disorganised children, your whole family could benefit from this incredibly simple daily organiser. Simply label each drawer with a day of the week and pre-fill for everything the kids will need for school each day. Anything forgotten is now the children's responsibility as they have the independence to get themselves ready.

Outcome

Both girls are incredibly excited about their new-found independence. Each morning they get up, get their clothes from the drawer and get dressed. The clothes are placed in earlier in the week, so there’s no issue with deciding what to wear. Jumpers go in the extras drawer so they can grab them if they need them.

On a practical level, this gives me a significant amount more time each morning. I can work while they’re getting dressed and I don’t have to run around looking for things. It takes about twenty minutes for me to fill it up each week with Libby’s help and doing it in advance forces me to be more organised. How do you get organised for school each morning, do you use a similar system?

Back to school daily organiser | If mornings are chaotic in your house with lost belongings and disorganised children, your whole family could benefit from this incredibly simple daily organiser. Simply label each drawer with a day of the week and pre-fill for everything the kids will need for school each day. Anything forgotten is now the children's responsibility as they have the independence to get themselves ready.

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Please note, we are blogger ambassadors for Bostik and as such were sent some of the materials used for this craft. All views, opinions and disorganised children are my own.

14 Comments

  1. August 12, 2017 / 9:20 am

    That’s a really good idea! We would need a massive one to fit the guitar and the PE kit in! I leave my kids to sort out their own bags and books and of course clothes for the day. I do have a bit of a problem with my 13yo son forgetting his guitar and various bits of PE kit, plus art homework etc. It’s not uncommon for me to have to take things into school for him. I’m hoping my daughter will be a lot more organised as her new school is much further away!
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    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:19 pm

      Haha yes, you’d definitely need something rather large! I’m not sure how I’d feel about them forgetting things if it was their responsibility, whether I’d take them in or treat it as a lesson to be more organised next time!
      Nat.x

  2. August 12, 2017 / 9:28 am

    I love this idea!! I hate hunting around for the clothes (even though I do it the night before!) but getting it all over in one swoop once a week sounds like a good idea.

    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:18 pm

      Thank you Rachel. Yes, hunting around for clothes is an utter nightmare – and I’m usually doing it when I’m running late in the morning ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Nat.x

  3. August 12, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    What a great idea! Alice would love this, she likes to be very independent and each night we decide on clothes for the morning and hang them up. Then she is all set to get dressed in the morning on her own x

    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:12 pm

      That’s a great idea, I’m not organised enough to do it the night before!
      Nat.x

  4. August 13, 2017 / 9:21 am

    That’s a great idea! My eldest would love to have everything ready to just put on. Littlest still needs some help getting dressed (no problem taking everything off though! Ha ha!) so I would maybe make it just for my big one. I’m thinking about making him his own list of things to put in his bag each day, that way he’s not blaming everyone else for forgetting his sunglasses! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:09 pm

      Great idea about the list! I thought I might make cards to put in the drawers on days when they had something extra to remember.
      Nat.x

    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:05 pm

      Oh gosh yes, definitely worth getting something in place to make them independent!
      Nat.x

  5. August 27, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    Natalie!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ This is such a good idea, right up my street!!! I might do this with Lily even though she’s too young for school just to get us organised for nursery in April and to keep ME organised instead! x

    • monsterid August 30, 2017 / 8:57 am

      Oh thank you Lucy, I’m so glad you found it helpful. It has been a godsend for me in the mornings.
      Nat.x

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