Back to School Organizing Hacks

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As a mom of four young kids, I have a hard time staying organized. I have great intentions, but life gets a little chaotic in our home. This fall season, the boys will be headed back to a full day of school while I have two littles at home. I want to make their transition back to school in August smooth and Ziploc® brand products are here to help me do just that. I have a Kroger store just a few minutes from my home and was able to jumpstart my back to school shopping and purchase Ziploc® brand Slider Bags for a fun project that you’ll learn to do later in this post.



What if you could send your child back to school with all of their supplies in one small binder? They would not have to deal with multiple packages of pencils, crayons, and markers spilling everywhere. Nothing would be forgotten, and when they pulled out their supplies, they’d have them every time. With this Ziploc® brand binder hack, you’ll be able to do just that. The idea behind this binder is to use Ziploc® brand Slider Bags inside the binder to hold all of your child’s supplies. They will ultimately act like a page protector but have the ability to close and keep everything intact.


Here’s how to make a Back To School Supply Binder


Back to School Binder


Supplies needed:

  • Ziploc® brand Slider Bags (quart and gallon size)
  • Various School Supplies
  • 3 or 1 hole puncher


BAck to school binder ziploc supplies


  1. Punch holes in Ziploc® brand Slider Bags. The nice thing about these bags is that the bottoms are made to fold out flat for storage. That means that there are twice as many layers at the bottom. This feature makes the bags perfect to use in a binder because essentially they are reinforced, making them stronger as a supply protector.  


  1. Place bags inside binder. The gallon sized bags fit almost perfectly, while the quart sized bags are only going to take 2 of the 3 prongs inside the binder. This allows you to position some up higher and some lower to even out the supplies so that the binder can shut. It also makes things easier to turn to as each pocket/bag is used for storage.
  2. Open up your Ziploc® brand Slider Bags and place supplies inside. It might be easier to store certain supplies together to make them easier for your child to find. You could put all pencils in one, markers in another, or use one quart-sized bag for scissors a pencil sharpener, etc.  

That’s it! This super simple hack takes only minutes to make and will definitely keep your child organized. These could also be used in the car or on road trips. Throw in some plain white paper or a small notebook and you’ve got an art station for your child. They can easily find what they need, as you can see through each bag. No more digging for crayons or markers in a pencil box!



One more tip that will keep your household organized is to use Ziploc® brand Twist ‘n Loc® Containers to store art supplies. I keep a lot of our art supplies for home in a front hall closet.  Many of them are loose, and in old packaging and such. It makes for a mess when we get them out; it’s like art chaos! Using these containers, we organize supplies such as markers, crayons, glue and more! It will make it easy to see what you are getting out and easier to stack if need be!

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  1. 6

    This is a really great idea, especially for little kids! A few months into the school year and somehow their stuff just seem to magically disappear. This would help them keep their things neat and organized and all in one place. Plus, it’s not bulky and it is easy to lug around. It seems waterproof. So it also serves as a great pocket for small pieces of paper. I like that its easy to make and seems durable. I can finally teach them how to properly care for their school stuff with these binders! Thanks for this tutorial!

  2. 7

    The Ziplock bags will rip and tear right through the holes the first day! Before punching holes, add a strip of fun duck tape to the edge and then punch the holes. It will make it much more durable!

  3. 8
    Elisabeth says:

    These are awesome ideas! Love the Ziploc binder!

  4. 9
    Maryann D. says:

    This is a super idea on how to use the Ziplock bags! I wish I thought of that when my kids had binders all over the house getting ready for school. I do use Ziplock bags for many purposes though.

  5. 10
    Julie Wood says:

    WOW! I never thought to use Ziploc bags for back to school. But they are really sturdy and can help keep my son and daughter’s items organized. I think that this is a great back to school hack.

  6. 11
    Amy Desrosiers says:

    My kids need some sort of organization when it comes to their supplies too! I swear their markers, crayons, and pencils multiply! #client

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