back to school

Back to School Organization: How to Start a Family Command Center

Back to School Organization: How to Start a Family Command Center | Diary of a DIYer

Back to school season can get the best of us.

It starts in the weeks before school begins. The impending schedules full of appointments and football games. The never-ending piles of homework and questions of “What’s for dinner?”

If it seems like no one in your family is on the same page during the first weeks of September, now is the perfect time to get organized before the busyness of the school year gets to us.

One simple solution: start a family command center. Here’s how.

College Freshman Checklist: 9 Things You Need to Pack

College Freshman Checklist: 9 Things You Need to Pack | Diary of a DIYer

I love back to school season—always have, always will. There’s just something about starting a new year with fresh supplies. But when you get to college, you need to think about a lot more than a backpack and notebooks if you’re living on campus. Besides the basics, here are 9 things you need to pack for a great first year away at school (plus a free printable!).