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Easy Back to School Organization Tips and a Giveaway!

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Julie ColeGuest Blogger
August 24, 2016 · 3.2k Views

As a busy mom of six kids in school, back-to-school season can be chaotic if I don’t keep myself and my crew of kids organized. I have lots of ways to keep everyone on track so that we start the new school year off on the right foot!

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 Be a smart shopper

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  • It may be too late this year, but I always make my kids go through their school supplies at the end of the school year. Rather than just throwing everything out, we see what binders can be re-used and what pencil crayons can be re-sharpened. Salvaging those few items can save lots of back to school shopping money!

  • Again, store this tip away for next year: try to buy your back to school supplies off season. That is one way to avoid the “sold out” signs.

  • Don’t cheap out on a backpack. If you buy one of great quality, your kid will use it for years.


 Organization starts with you

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  • Before school starts, book the kiddos in for their dentist appointments, haircuts, check-ups, and any other of those annoying tasks. Doing it in the summer sure beats having to pull them out of school.

  • Make sure everything has a home. Each of my children has a cubby for their agendas and homework. All papers are kept there to avoid the panicked search in the morning as they’re running for the school bus.

  • The morning is no time to get organized. School clothes are picked out the night before, lunches are packed, breakfast table is set. Morning is also no time for making decisions – there is no changing minds about what to wear and there is not a lot of selection offered around breakfast choices.


 Label everything

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  • Label all the items that go into your kids' backpack, plus the bag itself! Involve your child in selecting the label design to encourage them to take pride in their belongings, which will further avoid losses. There’s nothing like avoiding those visits to the lost and found bin or closet at your child’s school.


The back to school season is the busiest time of year for parents! Mabel’s Labels can help make it easier. We've partnered with the awesome team at Mabel's Labels to give away two Ultimate Back to School Combos. These labels are the perfect way to make sure your child's belongings always make their way back to them, and even better, they're waterproof, dishwasher safe, and microwave safe. Put the labels on clothes, backpacks, pencil cases, lunchboxes, and more.

Each combo includes:

  • 40 Mini Custom Name Stickers: 38mm x 8mm (1-1/2" x 5/16")
  • 50 Tag Mates™ Stick On Clothing Labels: 21mm x 10mm (13/16" x 3/8")
  • 16 Custom Shoe Stickers: 33mm (1.3")
  • 2 Personalized Mini Tags: 30mm x 20mm (1-1/4" x 3/4")

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Julie is the Co-founder of Mabel’s Labels, a regular television contributor, an influential and syndicated blogger and a mother of six.
LuvtoDream86Aug 31, 2016
Mabel's Labels are wonderful for staying organized for school! Thanks for this great giveaway :)
mewzme2Aug 28, 2016
Wonderful tips! Smart move on going though last years supplies and reusing them. It can save us quite a bit of change. Putting everything out the night before can also reduce that hurry stress. That is not a fun feeling at all. I retweeted to my followers. Thank you for the chance. My little great niece sure would love me more.
Clarissa928Aug 28, 2016
The tips were very helpful! Thanks for the chance!
LuvtoDream86Aug 28, 2016
I enjoyed reading about how you and your kids stay organized for school. Love your cubby system! Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!
xiwanbu123Aug 25, 2016
so good!
talonndAug 24, 2016
Thank you very much for your giveaway. I love having the chance to win!
joti67Aug 24, 2016
These are great tips, thank you for sharing.
amberdesouzaAug 24, 2016
I would love the opportunity to win your back to school giveaway. Thank you so much
FibroMomAug 24, 2016
My grandson is starting kindergarten this year and we have found so many great deals here to get him started - but he could sure use more! ;)