It all began with a little, red shoe.

Like so many other parents, the first day of school is my emotional reminder of how another year has flown by with a blink of an eye. I was already feeling extra emotional about dropping off my five-year-old on his first day of Kindergarten. With the camera battery fully charged and lunches already made, I had taken all the extra steps to make sure the morning would run smoothly.

Boys up on time – check.

Teeth brushed – check.

Clothes on –check.

Breakfast – check.

Shoes –

REALLLY? We were just about to walk out the door when I noticed two of my boys were proudly sporting their new school shoes, while my third child was wearing a single shoe. We quickly assembled a five-man team to search no less than 50 different areas in a period of 20 “now-we-are-going-to-be-so-late-on-the-first-day-of-school” minutes. It turns out the missing shoe was a step ahead of us; we found it already in the car!

It was at that moment pulling out of the driveway, that I made the decision to begin planning and creating a school station. Two schools, three backpacks, three lunch boxes, six shoes, six socks, three schedules – this back to school station is my best idea yet!

back to school organization corner

I started by organizing school supplies into separate storage containers so each child would have age appropriate scissors, markers, crayons and pre-sharpened pencils at their disposal during homework time. These color-coded bins give them everything they need in one place – what a concept! I’m not sure why it has taken me almost a decade to think of it but there’s no sense in going backwards, right?

Next, I turned my efforts to creating a catch all location for backpacks, jackets, and shoes. This means when they come busting in the door, everything can be placed and conveniently stored in one location as opposed to dropped, Hansel and Gretel-style like crumbs in a perfect path all over the house. Not to mention, I’m hoping this station saves us a few extra minutes in the morning when every second counts. I also decided to give each child an individual calendar to help us all keep up with everything from tests, school functions, ball practices and birthday parties.

Finally, I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration on how to creatively display some of the art treasures that are brought home each day.

Who knew that a single, lost, little red shoe would inspire the creation of a back to school station? It has truly worked wonders in my house in just a matter of days. Back to school time brings such a perfect mix of excitement and stress, that this organized area is exactly what we need to ease the transition.

What do you do to ease back into Back to School? Share with us in the comments!