Back-to-School Organizing Tips

Smart ideas to start off the new school year right—and with less stress.

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6 Helpful School Lunch Containers

Make this school year less stressful with items that help you easily organize your child’s lunch.

12 Smart Dorm Room Ideas Under $35

A set of Twin XL sheets, memo board, and flip-flops can only get a college freshman so far. Add these clever budget finds to your back-to-school shopping list.

7 Smart Ways to Organize Your Kid’s Closet

It’s no secret that a tidy, streamlined closet for your child will keep you from losing your mind…not to mention your kids’ clothes. Think how easy the morning dress-up battle would be if you knew where exactly every sock, T-shirt, and favorite pair of shoes were. Enter Lisa Adams, designer and owner of LA Closet Design, who shares her secrets for an organized and efficient kid’s closet.

10 Ways to Maximize a Tiny Dorm Room Without Breaking the Bank

And all for less than the cost of a college textbook.

9 DIY Locker Decorations to Personalize Your Space

Make classmates jealous with these cool DIY projects for your locker.

10 Cool Alarm Clocks

If you have to get up early, you’ll want one of these unique alarm clocks to be the one to wake you.

Sorting and Storing Your Child's Artwork

How to sort and store the fragile tokens of youth (without hurting anyone's feelings).

How to Organize the Entryway

Clutter coach Chip Cordelli turns this potential pileup spot (backpacks! jackets! soccer balls!) into a super-efficient on-off ramp for quick school-day exits and happy homecomings.

6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 14 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.

11 Cool Back-to-School Supplies

Need to call in some backup for those homework assignments? These essentials will make studying a breeze.

8 Modern Back-to-School Items

Send kids back to the classroom with these cool updates on old-school favorites.

6 Space-Savers for College Dorm Rooms

In a cramped dorm room, every inch of space is crucial. These seven items let you be smart with your square footage.

12 Smart and Stylish Backpacks for School

Send your kids off to class with fresh and fully functional bags.

7 Favorite Cookbooks for Families

Satisfy kids big and little with meals from these tasty collections.


Smart Ideas for the School Year

12 Surprising Items to Pack For College

Make sure your college student doesn’t leave home without these essentials.

20 Fresh Dorm Bedding Buys

Head to college in style with comfortable bedding that will instantly transform your dorm room.

13 Dorm Décor Essentials

Decorating your room at college doesn’t have to be all about function (though that‘s certainly important when space is tight). Check out dorm décor picks that will liven your digs, help keep you organized, and, best of all, won’t break the bank.