Shopping for back-to-school essentials has changed astronomically since my childhood. Back then, it was a simple, straightforward process: rushing down the aisle to locate the most colorful assortment of crayons, then B-lining over to the binder aisle. In a matter of minutes, the process was over and done with until next year.
It wasn't until I was preparing for my freshman year of college that the process evolved; there were linens to dress my best mattress in, storage options, and shower caddies to consider.
Where to start? I had no idea — and that same confusion is plaguing all parents this year. The pandemic has shifted the way children learn and extended their back-to-school essentials shopping list.
Now, whether you're shopping for your college-bound freshman or raising a toddler, the lists are interchangeable: you need pieces that emphasize organization, storage, and of course, everything in-between. And that's where Bed Bath & Beyond's latest release comes into play.
Squared Away, the retailer's sixth release is here to get every student (no matter their age or grade) squared away for the upcoming school year. There are storage solutions and cleaning supplies, and if you need a bit more assistance, they've ever tapped Eryn Donaldson, a home organization expert.
Donaldson graciously has provided all of her tips and tricks to decluttering space while simultaneously mastering every back-to-school essentials shopping list.
Continue reading below to see!
1. Start out by starting small
"Getting organized [for back-to-school] can be overwhelming. Take it one step at a time and start with something easy, like the junk drawer," explains Donaldson.
Tip: Try a small metal drawer
2. Remember versatility is key
"Multifunctional items help maximize your space and provide practical solutions to clutter. Think beyond typical uses for products," explains Donaldson.
Tip: Try a hanging shelf
3. Always (always) double up
"Sleek new products make it easier than ever to create space-saving storage options while eliminating the need for excess furniture. Stylish storage carts can be used as nightstands or side tables, bathroom cabinets, or nursery dressers. When you’re able to keep essentials within arm’s reach, you’ll make your life a lot easier," adds Donaldson.
Tip: Try a piece that discretely tucks away excessive items
4. Lastly, It's time to get rolling!
"A 3-tier storage cart on wheels is a great way to bring your things from one room to the next. Simply roll it anywhere and give yourself flexibility with open shelving options. Try this as an art caddy, a bookshelf, or a bath organizer. Carts like these help you not only get organized but stay organized," concludes Donaldson.