Create a School Prep Zone

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{Create a School Prep Zone} 20 adorable & kid-friendly hooks and cubicles

{Parent Fail} Sometimes I know what I *should* do, but my brain and mouth don’t connect. Can anyone relate?

These moments have a tendency to sneak up on me in the morning. It’s 15 minutes before you need to leave for school and all the mittens, jackets, homework, and gym shoes suddenly … POOF … disappear.

This is often followed by whining and statements like, “Where did YOU put my [fill in blank]?” Do you find yourself replying with a snarky, “It’s not my job to keep track of your stuff.” too? This is not the type of  parent I want to be, so last month, on this very day, I decided to make a change.

Our family set-up a School Prep Zone. This is a single designated area of the house designed to reduce morning stress and help your child independently stay organized. It requires two simple components:

  1. Sturdy hooks for coats, jackets, and backpacks.
  2. Cubicles or baskets for library books, lunch boxes, homework, gym shoes and more.

Below are a few of my favorite hooks and cubbies, click the images for details. So many cute options!

You can easily accomplish this task by upcycling items from around the house. Scroll down or click here to see how we set-up our family’s School Prep Zone.

I love this  Bird Branches Coat Tree from Pottery Barn kids that attaches to the wall for security.
It can be ordered with a bird or owl at the top. How cool is that?

{ Bird Branches Coat Tree } So flippin cute!

Here are a few of my favorite cubbie and storage options, click images for details:

You can also create a School Prep Zone by simply upcycling items from around the house. Below are a few shots of what our designated area looks like:

  • Our jackets, backpacks, snow pants, mittens, hats and ear muffs go on sturdy hooks. The girls’ hooks are designated by these  easy-to-personalize Melissa & Doug Heart Plaques.
  • We re-purposed an old set of well-loved wood cubbies. The top shelf is for school library books, the middle and bottom shelves are for gear for after-school activities.
  • The girls keep homework that is due in baskets on top of the cubbies. This is a great way to visualize that they have something due without having to ask!

{School Prep Zone} Tips for creating independence

Of course, creating the School Prep Zone is the easy part.

How do you get your child to independently stay organized?
Click here to learn how to make prepping for school an easy routine.

Questions? Let’s chat in the comments!


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  • Penny

    Oh those are eye candy for my purse. So would love a whole bunch of them!

  • Viktoria Slutsky

    Love those ideas, thank you

  • http://idealistmom.com/ Kelly @ IdealistMom.com

    Thank you for this great round-up of hook ideas. My 5yo starts school Monday…eek! I’m definitely going to take your advice. Pinning!