At Home School Supplies Organization – A Homework Drawer

Ready or not, back to school time is upon us!  Homework often accompanies school so I thought I would share a simple change I made that has made all the difference with homework! We affectionately refer to it as the homework drawer.  The homework drawer houses all the necessities my kids need to complete homework besides brain power and desire!

We have established a nice little routine to come in the door, stow away backpacks, unpack lunch boxes and take care of any homework.  Since we established the homework drawer, they don’t have to waste any time looking for a pencil or other tool and can get the job done so they can move on with the rest of the day!

We had a skinny kitchen drawer adjacent to our island and dining table that was just collecting junk so it was a logical choice and would better serve to stow homework supplies.  I picked up a few drawer organizing baskets (here and here) and collected all the supplies they tend to need, had the kids sharpen the pencils in our electric pencil sharpener and now it’s ready to go for all those afternoon homework sessions!

 Drawer Before Organization 🙂

I grabbed all the school supply essentials my kids needed so they would be handy and then sorted them into logical categories and placed them in these plastic baskets.  I found mine at Dollar Tree but you can find some similar ones here.

homework drawer full of office supplies

Our Homework Drawer Contains –


Coin Money Assortment

Measuring Tape

Manual Pencil Sharpener

Glue Sticks

Pencils (We use those special ones they get from school & parties)




Brush (for before school last-minute hair brushing)


The rest of our art supplies like crayons, markers and colored pencils are housed in the art cart (read more about the art cart here) located in our pantry right next to our kitchen!

Ready or not, another school year is coming soon!  It’s always bittersweet waving goodbye to summer but it’s so fun to watch our kids grow and learn all year long.  Here’s to another great school year and more organized and efficient homework sessions with a simple addition of a homework drawer.  How are your preparing and organizing for the back to school season?


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Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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