The Container Store's "Back-to-School" Guide


by New Day Producers

Posted on September 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 1 at 1:37 PM

As students head back to school, it's always a good thing to start the year off being organized and efficient. So Amanda Wolfe from The Container Store shared with us some ideas for getting through the school year smoothly.

For more information about The Container Store visit their website HERE!
Here's the list of items:

1- Get a Good Fit

A backpack should never hang more than four inches below your waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing you to lean forward when walking. Select a backpack that has adjustable straps that will enable to you adjust the length of your backpack.



Super G Jungle Backpack


2- Compartmentalize!

You can never have too many compartments. A backpack with multiple compartments helps position the contents most efficiently to distribute the load.



Barcelona Paper Pouch Lime and Orange 


3- The Right Lunch Bag

Choose a durable, reusable lunch bag that’s the right size for your child.  The Insulated Lunch Sack is a great size for elementary-aged kids and the Insulated Lunch Carrier is a little roomier for older kids and their bigger appetites.  Also, don’t forget some new lunch essentials that you’re kids will love – like a cutlery set and the reusable napkin that’s earth-friendly.  



Insulated Lunch Sack Kiwi

Insulated Lunch Carrier Ocean

9 oz. Glass & Silicone Bottle

Klip Cutlery Set

PeopleTowels Reusable Napkin 


 4- Make Time for Lunch

Prepare fruit and veggies the night before and last minute additions the morning of such as sandwiches – ensuring everything stays fresh and ready to go.  Use smartly designed containers to ensure students will never have a smashed sandwich! Use containers with dividers to keep a sandwich, chips and fruit tastefully compact and compartmentalized.  If you’re making multiple lunches, assign everyone a color or label their name so no one takes the wrong lunch. 



Klip-It Lunch Cube

Sandwich Sack and Snack Sack 


5- Planning Ahead

Make lunch planning a part of your menu planning for the week – just like you plan your family’s dinners.  Create a master menu for at least three weeks and you can then rotate your weekly plans for the entire school year – there’s no need to reinvent the wheel every week! 



Magnetic Monthly Calendar Periwinkle 


6- Maximize Space

In the hustle and bustle of those few minutes between class, books end up on top of lunch sacks, and students are left with flattened sandwiches and broken chips. Maximize vertical space by adding a shelving unit made specifically for lockers, which provides multiple levels of storage for better organization. Students will be able to locate items with ease and make it to class on time.



Mesh Locker Shelf


7- Keep a Schedule

Students can avoid tardiness, losing homework and missing after-school commitments by developing organizational habits that will help them stay on track. It's helpful to keep a calendar or message board on a locker door to keep track of due dates and events.  



August to August Calendar Kiwi

Slice Magnetic Dry Erase Board 


8- Be Prepared

A locker well-stocked with pens, pencils, note paper and other school supplies will ensure that the right tools are always at hand. A fold up organizer with several compartments can be easily hung on a hook in a locker and is an ideal way to keep those supplies organized and easily accessible. 



Slice Fold-Up Locker Organizer