3 steps to help you get organized for Back-to-School

For some, this is the best time of the year. For others, well, they’d rather it not come at all. Whether you like it or not, school is just around the corner and it’s time to think about dejunking and organizing the kids’ backpacks, binders and desk drawers at home so that when September rolls around you can feel—what’s that elusive word—free! To help you tackle the task of getting your messy kin prepared for the school year, here are three suggestions just for you.

1. Dejunk

We’re big on the sorting at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, so naturally we recommend that you break down the project into manageable segments. If your son or daughter has a messy backpack, dump it out (carefully!) on an open surface and section the items into the following:

  • Bring back to school (pens, binder dividers, whiteout, etc.)
  • Leave at home (report cards, good exams, art)
  • Donate (any extra school supplies, shoes they’ve outgrown)
  • Recycle (bad exams—just kidding—illegible notes, paper)
  • Trash (candy wrappers, if they really never clean out their backpack)

2. Organize

Now that you’ve recycled or tossed unnecessary items and archived historical achievements, it’s time to make the ‘keep’ pile easier to work with. The best part of organizing is that you can do it ‘cheap and green’. Be inspired by others; for example, we found the following on Pinterest:

3. Donate

See if there is a program in your community that provides resources for underprivileged students and donate any extra or unwanted school supplies (in good condition). Too-small backpacks, shoes and jackets can also be donated. Help other kids start school off on the right foot! Here are some examples to get you started (there are many more local organizations where this came from!):

Communities in Schools

Kids in Need Foundation


Caring and Sharing

Salvation Army Back to School


Sam Landa is PR Manager for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. Back in her grade school days, she was notorious for having a messy backpack (but has since seen the light!). In her spare time she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on  or LinkedIn.

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