As the sun begins to set on what can only be called the strangest summer ever, it’s time to start thinking about school supplies, even though at this point, it’s anyone’s guess how the school year will actually roll out. While the number of books and pencils is still a wildcard, you’ll need to keep things organized whether the kids are attending traditional school or not. So keep reading for some exceptional products we found on Amazon. From bulletin boards to utility carts, and label makers to school folders, this list has something for everyone.
Mind Reader Supreme Snack Organizer
Offer your favorite students yummy treats and snacks with this carousel organizer that rotates a full 360-degree for easy access. Twelve slots on the top row are ideal for granola bars, nut packs and other small items while the bottom row is open for larger items like chip bags and maybe even some fresh fruit.
Shop it on Amazon, $25.99.
LapGear Designer Lap Desk
When your student is doing homework or studying at home, keep her comfy with this lap desk. While the flat surface is perfect for writing assignments, this lap desk can still accommodate laptops up to 15.6,” and a built-in lip prevents it from sliding. The built-in cellphone holder keeps her phones upright and viewable, and the cushioned bottom conforms to her lap for extra stability.
Find it on Amazon, $33.59.
Homecube Pencil Case Big Capacity Storage
Made from durable oxford fabric, this pencil case can go through some things and remain in tip-top shape. Generously sized, this pencil case can hold up to 50-60 pens and pencils, and it’s even large enough to hold a graphing calculator for your older students. A detachable velcro organizer and mesh and velcro pockets also keep things neat and tidy. Kids can use case as an all in one organizer to store everything from pens, pencils, erasers, and other small items as well as headphones, charging cords and other small items.
Choose from several color options on Amazon, $10.99.
Magnetic Calendar for Refrigerator
Everyone has their weekly schedule on their devices, but how often do they check in with each other? To make things go smoothly and keep everyone in the loop, try this magnetic calendar. There’s plenty of space to record weekly activities, assignments and chores, and the note section is large enough to accommodate the ever-growing, ever-popular, shopping list. A super-strong magnet ensures that this calendar stays put, and the durable surface wipes clean with no ink-ghosting. Helpful hint: use a different colored marker for each member of the family!
Available on Amazon, $16.99.
U Brands Magnetic Dry Erase Board
A dry-erase bulletin board is a must-have for every busy family. Park it by a prime traffic area in your home, and you’ll see what we mean. Use this board for a helping hand to keep everyone informed and on-task. Leave notes for the family on the way out the door, reminders for assignments due, or have a spot to demonstrate adding fractions (should the need arise).
For a companion to your dry erase board, try this set of dry erase markers. Packed with all the essentials, it has everything you need to maintain some order and organization including, four markers, an eraser, and a whiteboard cleaner spray.
Find it on Amazon, $14.99.
Plastic Envelopes Poly Envelopes
When the new year starts, there’s no doubt that there will be plenty of paperwork coming home too. Keep it organized with this set of punchy colored school folders. Made from durable PVC, these envelopes are almost guaranteed to make it through the school year intact, and they’re transparent so you and the kids can tell what’s inside. And to help you out, each one has a clear pocket for labeling. These folders are letter sized, sold in packs of 10 and if you or the kids don’t care for bright colors, there are clear envelopes available as well.
Snag a bunch on Amazon for only $7.97.
Post-it Super Sticky Notes
There are a million ways to use post-it notes, and really, the possibilities are endless. So when the new school year rolls around, use them for to-do lists, quick reminders, getting organized, and maybe even a sweet lunchbox note (or 10—no judgment). This collection of post-it notes includes 15 pads in assorted sizes and colors.
Remind yourself to “add to cart” on Amazon, $9.99.
2020-2021 Planner - Academic Weekly & Monthly Planner with Tabs
Keep your child organized and teach her the essentials of time management with this cute academic planner. This planner runs from July 2020 through June 2021 (with 12 monthly tabs), so she’s covered for the whole school year. A durable cover and thick pages will keep the organizer intact, and she can choose from assorted sizes and colors.
Find it on Amazon, $7.19.
Gamenote Wooden Pen Holder
Keep pens, pencils, art supplies, and other small items in one spot with this bright and cheery wooden pen holder by Gamenote. This pen holder comes fully assembled, and six compartments keep your supplies organized and easily accessible
Available on Amazon, $21.99.
Wall Closet Hanging Storage Bag
Give your little ones a place to stash their supplies when it’s time to clean up with these hanging storage bags. These organizers can be hung on any wall or door, and they fold up compactly for storage when not in use. Sold as a two-piece set, one bag has six larger pockets, and the other has eight.
Get it on Amazon, $10.99.
Umbra Buddy Wall Hooks
Umbra’s buddy wall hooks offer a unique and fun way to keep the kids’ stuff organized, accessible, and off the floor. Each pack comes with three ‘buddies’ that climb the walls in various positions, and each buddy can hold up to five pounds. Use buddy’s arms, legs, and head to hang coats, scarves, backpacks, and more.
Available on Amazon, $19.36.
mDesign Modern Plastic Water Bottle Holder Stand
Water bottles are totally necessary, but they tend to create a lot of clutter in pantries and cupboards. Reign it all in with these stackable water bottle organizers. Sold in packs of four, these racks can hold three bottles each, storing them horizontally for easy access and a quick grab. Use it to organize reusable bottles, sports, and soft drinks. These racks are BPA-free and shatter-resistant, and in case of spills, just clean them with mild soap and water.
Snag it on Amazon, $39.99.
Vanorig Drawer Storage
While junk drawers are a great catch-all for all small items, rifling through them to find the things you need can be a pain. Sort it out and get it organized with these plastic drawer storage organizers. Sold in a pack of four, each organizer has built-in dividers to keep things extra tidy. Mix, match and assemble them any way you like, and if they get dirty, just wash with soap and water.
Available on Amazon, $13.55.
DYMO Label Maker
Nothing says “organized” like a label maker, and Dymo’s label maker might be one of the best organizational tools ever. Use it to make labels for kids' school supplies, folders, and even pantry shelves and food items so everyone knows where to find the good stuff. With five font sizes, seven print styles, eight box styles, and 1- or 2-line printing, the possibilities are endless.
Find it on Amazon, $29.99.
SimpleHouseware Heavy-Duty 3-Tier Metal Utility Rolling Cart
Use this three-tier utility cart to maximizes your storage space and get organized. Store extra pens, glue, notepads and paper, and maybe save the top tier for quick grab-and-go after school snacks. This utility cart is on wheels, so set it up where you want and move it whenever you need to.
Available on Amazon, $34.87.
Washi Tape Set
Use this washi tape set to liven up and personalize boring folders and papers. Kids can skip the scissors and tear it by hand and reposition whenever they want without ripping the paper. Plus, there’s no waxy coating, so they make great labels for kids because they can write on it and make it even more fun. Each roll is 15 feet long, so there’s plenty to go around.
Grab this pack on Amazon, $8.99.
Joseche Reusable Magnetic Cable Ties
The biggest difference between school supplies 30 years ago and school supplies today is probably the number of cables kids have to manage. From cell phone chargers to laptop chargers, and myriad USB cables, cords are everywhere. Use these magnetic cable ties to cut down on the chaos and tidy things up. What’s more, these handy little helpers are magnetic, so they have plenty of uses around the house. Use them to tie off bags, hang notes on the fridge, and even to keep your keys in a safe spot.
Find them on Amazon, $14.99.
Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, all items were available for purchase.
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