Being a homeschooling family our back to school supply list may look a little bit different. One of my biggest concerns going into a new school year is staying organized. I’m always looking for new ways to keep the clutter down yet accessible quickly. As a part of the Walmart Moms, I was asked to share some of our Back to School necessities. Immediately the first product that came to mind that I knew we needed was a place to store books and school supplies. At the beginning of the school year, homeschoolers can often feel a little bit overwhelmed with all of the books and materials that arrive. A whole year worth of learning needs to be stored somewhere, but where? We have a set of book cases that I have dedicated to each one of my boys. They know where to place their books and where to put them back when they are finished. However, my problem was that all of the teaching material didn’t have a set place. I tried putting the teacher guides along with each of the boys workbooks but that just added too much clutter on the shelf and it became difficult to find what book I needed. I picked up one of these 3 drawer carts from Walmart so that I can keep the teacher guides separate from the boys books. This drawer cart has plenty of room with removable wheels. I am able to dedicate each drawer to a different task. For example, extra supplies in the top shelf, teacher guides in the middle shelf, and second semester books for the boys in the bottom drawer so they won’t get misplaced between now and the time that we need them. This 3 drawer cart from Walmart ($16.86) not only works great for homeschoolers but it will also work great for organizing so many other things as well. I can definitely see a college student or teen using one in their room. The best part is that it comes in a variety of colors to match any room decor.
Another necessity on our back to school list is plenty of supplies. When we purchase supplies for homeschooling we purchase enough supplies to hopefully last us the entire year. I like to stock up on composition notebooks (only $.50 at Walmart right now), colored pencils for projects ($.97), and of course pencils. We try to keep plenty of pencils in the house at all times from regular #2 pencils ($.97) to mechanical ones like the ones in the photo below from BIC ($1.46) that don’t require sharpening. I know my boys and most students take a standardized test in the Spring so I like to definitely be sure to stock up on pencils and keep them stored away until test taking time. That way I don’t have to worry about forgetting to get #2 pencils for the kids tests the night before or rushing to the store the morning of.
Last but not least, on our back to school necessity list is quick and easy snacks and breakfast items. The first month or so of school is crazy busy. It definitely takes a while to adjust to a new routine so any help I, as a Mom, can get in the kitchen is great. Since most mornings we want to get started with our day as early as possible I like to keep breakfast simple. So for breakfast for my boys I like to pick items that can be cooked in a matter of minutes or can easily be grab-and-go if need be. My boys love PopTarts (currently on Rollback for $3.50), we always stock up on the big 16 count value packs from Walmart as they work so well for breakfast on the go or a quick snack in the afternoon. Another great breakfast option is pre-made waffles. I like that Great Value makes a large, 24-count family size box of waffles in a variety of different flavors ($3.97) so that I don’t have to store a lot of smaller boxes in my freezer. For quick snacks we like to keep plenty of fresh fruit in the fridge and other quick pre-packaged treats like String Cheese ($5.84).
What does your family back to school necessities look like?
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