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How to Organize School Supplies

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We’ve figured out how to organize your notebooks in my 31 days to a better planned homeschool, now what about school supplies? If you’re like me, then we do the bulk of our school shopping during one time of the year and that’s during those wonderful back to school sales. For us here in Ontario, that’s August since we go back the day after Labor day.

This is my Christmas, I love a great school supply deal. I eat them up and I’m like a kid in a candy store. My hubby just doesn’t understand why I’m so gitty about back to school sales. Save money and buy your supplies in August but what do you do with them after? Get tips on how to organize your school supplies so you don't buy things you already have sitting in your closet. You want to be prepared to homeschool but you don't want to spend money unnecessarily.Find a home for your supplies

I store the bulk of my school supplies like printer paper, notebooks, line paper in the closet on the second floor. I have baskets filled with pencils, glue sticks, and erasers. I only have the things out that I need. On our table, there is a bucket which houses our pencils, crayons, and pencil crayons. I also have a hard case that holds more pencils, pens, and markers. For some reason, there is never a sharp pencil which is why I have so many.

My must-have school supplies list

These are my bare necessities, of course, if you had bookshelves or workboxes and baskets those things would help keep your supplies organized but not a necessity.

Use what you have

Most school supplies don’t expire. Don’t go overboard. Glue sticks, glue, and markers may dry out if you have them for a long time but the rest you can keep forever. Go through our things before you make your shopping list. There was one year where I only had to buy pencils and erasers because I had so much stuff left over from the previous year. Don’t go crazy, remember how we discussed how to create a budget, well stick to it.

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