The school year can be a long haul, but you can make it a little less troublesome by making sure your child’s locker is organized, well-equipped and ready for anything!
A child’s locker is their own space–their zen zone in the middle of school chaos. They visit it every period, they keep everything in there, and it’s darn near one of the most important places they’ll visit all day. Don’t believe us? Watch what happens when a locker gets out of hand–it ain’t pretty.
Just imagine that your child’s locker is their room-away-from-home–when it gets messy, they suffer. It takes too long to find basic items, and before you know it…things go wrong.
And we’re here for you when things go wrong.
Not just a ridiculous movie franchise! Purging your child’s locker a few times a year is imperative–but especially before you start a large-scale renovation! Arrange a time with the school (normally after-school) when you can come in and help your child clean out their locker. Bring Clorox wipes, paper towels and at least one trash bag.
You’ll thank us later.
(Disinfect everything; be prepared to say “WHAT” when you first see the carnage; purge any papers that are three weeks old, trash any wrappers, water bottles, food containers; bring something to take home clothes, lunch boxes, thermoses, etc…)
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Take your kiddo to the store (any dollar store will do, but also consider Target and Walmart)–you might find a locker decoration section, but if not, look for things you can hack into locker decor–pencil cups, mirrors, battery-powered light fixtures, makeup holders…plan out where everything will go. Hopefully you took measurements of your locker so you know what you have to work with, and the surface area you’d need to cover with funky shag carpet and wallpaper!
Have a basic idea of what you’re looking for in the way of style and organization!
Let’s do this! Early one morning, head in with your kiddo with all your new stuff and start decorating! Installing lights, carpet and wallpaper (nothing permanent, please!) can really make your child’s locker their own! You might add in containers on the walls or even a shelf! Stock it with your child’s books and new supplies.
Keeping it clean just got easier–make a deal with your child that they can keep these fun things if they keep the locker clean!
Check out these awesome style tips and clever hacks to personalize your child’s space…for less!
Lights, Camera, Action!
Check out this epic locker door! Perfect for a middle and high schooler, there’s tons of room for makeup, hair ties, feminine products and more…there’s even a mirror! You can buy the set or you can cover cheap dollar tree containers and mirrors with washi tape and spray paint, and glue on super powerful magnets! Battery-operated lights turn a standard mirror into an awesome locker vanity!
We love this one, and it works for anyone–highschoolers especially! Adding a command hook can give your kiddo a place to hang darn near anything (a hat in this case); mesh baskets with super magnets make for an organized locker door, but the real crowning glory here isn’t the the frills! It’s the clean metal locker shelf that’s barely even there! It doubles the useable storage space with ease, and is strong enough to hold even the heaviest textbooks!
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You can snap up a super cheap whiteboard, stick on some magnets and make this one-of-a-kind whiteboard for your kiddo’s locker! It can help them keep track of their class schedule, yes…but also practices, lessons, assignments, pickup times, buses, emergency numbers and more!
Stacks on Stacks
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This thing is so cool–a heavy duty plastic stacking device to keep everything in it’s own adorable bin! It’s sure to keep your kiddo organized (and can be made from stacking desk organizers if you don’t feel like shelling out the bucks to snag one!).
If your child has a full-length locker, consider one of these roll-up organizers. You can find them at Target and Walmart, but can also re-use closet organizers or rolling makeup caddies! We love this to bits, since it allows students to utilize not only their locker interior, but the door as well! Double the space, double the style.