The trick, of course, is getting my kids on board. I'm blessed to have a good size mudroom with lockers, but that doesn't mean that my children have fully grasped the concept just yet. The ritual is they must put their backpacks in their drawers as soon as they walk in the door.
Perhaps you don't have drawers. Maybe you could designate a basket or hooks for them. Remember that they're kids and the hooks should be lowered. That's what I used before we had the cabinets.
They know (but don't always do) they have to empty their lunch box and put it in the lunch drawer. I've talked about this in the past, and I LOVE it. No, it currently doesn't look like this. There are two slices of bread, an empty peanut butter jar, and crumbs in it right now.
And finally, they must put any school papers, library books, or folders in here. They do their homework right after their snack, so they know right where to go when it's time to get to work. This fool proof plan works 77.3% of the time.
Remember when I made this, and it was all cutey and decorated "just so" with papers?
Here's the reality of it. T-ball sign up notices, school assignments, and math charts take over now. That's ok. It doesn't have to be neat. It has to be functional!
I'll be back with some more tomorrow!