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Last Friday, I started our back to school shopping. It really was accidentally but hey, it’s started! New shoes have been purchased and most of our school supplies are already packed in the backpack. One of the things that I struggled with last year was staying organized. Shocking, I know. I’m not the best at being organized. We were always looking for a sharpened pencil, a glue stick that wasn’t dried out, or crayons that weren’t broken. I vowed that this year would be different.
To help me be a little bit more organized, I decided to put together a Homework Caddy. A dedicated organizer with all the supplies we would need to complete homework and projects for the upcoming school year. This means I bought doubles of all Ethan’s must-have supplies for school. This way I knew I would have them on hand at home.
Then I had to find the perfect caddy. I needed to be a decent size but not too big and not too small. I seriously felt like Goldilocks when on was on the hunt for my new homework caddy. The best caddy I found was a shower caddy that many college students grab when headed back to school. Now to purpose it with some pails.
I used two colorful pails to keep pencils, pens, and markers together and the other for small items like scissors, glue sticks, and erasers. They fit perfectly into the caddy!
Once I had those set up, I thought of other things that we needed to keep in our homework caddy. I grabbed the pencil sharpener (because there’s always a pencil that needs sharpened!) and crayons. I also put some blank paper on a clipboard that can be used as scrap paper or drawing paper.
I topped it off with every back to school must-have: Post-it® Notes. You wouldn’t believe how many of these you will use throughout the school year. I use them to put notes to the teacher on homework pages. I use the flags to mark the books we are reading or to keep our place in the enrichment workbooks we have. Since Post-it® Notes sticks securely, yet removes cleanly, I don’t have to worry about anything getting ruined.
I put the finishing touches on my homework caddy by printing out this cute sign! Now nobody will be able to say they don’t know where the homework supplies are. And since the caddy is so portable, we can do homework almost anywhere!
When you are shopping for school supplies at Walmart, don’t forget to stuck up on Post-it® Notes!