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1.Start by getting rid of as much junk as possible. Janky binders you've used three years in a row? Toss 'em. Old graded assignments? Shred 'em. Your raggedy backpack that's being held together by threads? Burn it. How else are you going to make room for this year's school stuff when your house is still cluttered with last year's?
2.Treat yourself to a HyperChiller, which will instantly cool your coffee, tea, and wine in seconds, because how can you expect to stay organized if you hadn't had your iced coffee yet? The best part: it's dishwasher-safe! This is going to be a long school year, but at least you have your caffeine.
3.Hang a family calendar on the fridge so everyone knows who needs to be where at what time. It comes with six markers — enough for each family member — so you can color code each person's appointments. Plus, you'll also receive a free grocery list to make meal prepping easier.
4.Make early mornings a bit more bearable with an alarm clock that does it all. It has six alarm options plus it can play the radio as well as two USB charging ports so your phone is never far. Choose from five brightness options so you're not blinded in the middle of the night when you get up for water. And! There are two alarm settings, which we recommend setting for the weekend and the week so your alarm doesn't go off at 6 a.m. on a Saturday (unless you're a morning person!).
5.Stock up on waterproof labels so you don't have to replace your kids' water bottles for the millionth time because someone at school keeps mistakenly taking them. They come with waterproof laminate seals that will protect your labels no matter how much abuse it suffers at the hands of messy kids.
6.Invest in a freezable lunch box that has a cold pack built into it. This way you'll save money because you don't have to buy a separate ice pack, plus no cold pack means more space inside for important things, like snacks! Chill it in the freezer for 12 hours the night before, and it'll be up to the task of keeping food chilled. Moms who are pumping also swear by it for keeping breast milk cold.
7.Create a healthy snack station that'll streamline the lunch-packing process. Instead of rooting through the fridge each morning, simply grab one or two items from this bin to round out any lunch.
9.Designate a hanging organizer as an "inbox" where your kids can leave forms that require your signature. No more groans when someone shouts "I need you to sign this!" literally two seconds after you've dropped them off at school.
10.Install wall hooks to hold coats and backpacks. This way your floors will stay clear of clutter when the kids come home instead of turning into an obstacle course.
11.Set up a handy homework caddy that's fully stocked with paper, pencils, and anything else a student would need. This way you aren't chained to your desk if you want to do work.
12.Simplify dinner with a weekly meal planner so you don't drive to the grocery store after work and just sit in the parking lot wondering, "What am I going to make for dinner tonight?" You'll save so much time during the school year, plus you won't have to deal with the kids asking you what's for dinner the minute they get home.
13.Prep meals the week before so you don't have to spend another 30 minutes once you get home whipping up a meal for the kids. One major time-saving tip is to make enough food to ensure that you have leftovers, which means you've got at least one other meal covered.
14.Load a car organizer with your kid's essentials — wipes, games, hand sanitizer, water bottles, and easy breakfasts like granola bars — so you can grab your little ones in the morning and go. Plus, they'll protect the back of your seats from dirty shoes.
15.Prevent messes while carpooling or commuting to school with a handy car trash can. Whether it's crumbs from breakfast on the go or fast food wrappers from dinners on the way to sports practice, this little guy can handle anything you throw at it thanks to its leakproof liner.
16.Store car cleaning supplies and the kids' extracurricular equipment in a car trunk organizer so you can declutter your entryway and save yourself the headache of finding their jerseys five minutes before you're all supposed to leave. It's foldable, so you can store it when you don't need it, plus anti-slip grips on the bottom prevent it from sliding around the trunk.
17.Cross off every assignment on your list with a handy weekly and monthly calendar that'll remind you of what's on your plate. No more panicking in class when your teacher reminds you that the big test is tomorrow; now you can mark it on your calendar weeks in advance so you have plenty of time to study.
18.Save time in the morning by using rack dividers to separate each day's outfit. No more standing in front of your closet, cursing the fashion gods and hating everything you own.
19.Buy a desk organizer that'll transform your messy work station into one where you'll actually want to do your homework.
20.Stock up on colorful gel pens that'll make homework fun and help you color-coordinate your notes.
21.Clear clutter from your desk with an aesthetically pleasing pencil holder that doubles as a makeup brush container. It's even wide enough to hold your phone in case you really need to silence any distractions and make progress on your homework.
22.Spend less time in the bathroom by keeping it organized. If everything has its place, you won't run around in the mornings looking for a hair dryer or your makeup bag.
23.Make "Don't Forget" lists using Post-it notes. Then, leave them on the front door so you'll never head out without your homework again. These heavy-duty sticky notes are water-resistant, so you could even hang them on your bathroom mirror and take a shower without worrying that the condensation will make them fall off.
24.Stay organized with an accordion folder that'll keep your school papers in order and prevent your desk from getting cluttered. Plus, the smiley face will comfort you at least a little bit when you're drowning in coursework.