Back-to-School Prep: 12 Kids’ Desk Organization Ideas Under $20

August 14, 2017


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If you’ve opened up Pinterest lately, then you’ve been bombarded with every back-to-school idea imaginable. While I’m not the mom who puts handwritten notes in my kid’s lunchbox (well, at least not yet…or ever, if I’m being totally honest), I am kind of a sucker for a good, organized homework station.

And Pinterest did not disappoint me in that department. I’ve seen everything from meticulously organized rolling carts full of paper, pens and pencils, to entire rooms reserved for tackling math worksheets and book reports.

These spaces are awesome. If you’re the proud owner of one of these HGTV-worthy homework stations, then cheers to you, sister.

But the reality is that not everyone has the time, energy, space or desire to create an extravagant homework station for their child.

And, listen….the truth is, if I can find a solution that works, looks good, and requires only a couple mouse clicks and $20, then why not order that and cross one more thing off my back-to-school to-do list?!

If you’re like me and are often in the “I’d rather buy than DIY” camp, then hooray! Lucky for us, there are plenty of simple, affordable, and effective solutions to keep the kids’ school supplies organized, and that’s exactly what I’m sharing with you today. a

Every solution I’m sharing below would be perfect for a child of any age: your rising middle schooler, your college freshman, and even the toddler who doesn’t need a homework station but is obsessed with all things arts and crafts.

The best part? Every one of these items is under $20.

Not a typo. Promise.

So if you feel like you’ve had to spend your life savings over the last month to buy a bunch of Crayolas and 10 pairs of shoes that are “cool” right now according to your 12-year old……

Well, this post is for you.

All right, let’s take a look at all these adorable desk organizing solutions I found. Some of them are even portable, which makes it easy peasy for your kids to work in any room, with quick access to everything they need to finish that book report.

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Here are the details on each of these stylish (and dirt cheap, people!) desk organizers, from left to right.

Row 1:

Kids’ Multi-colored Supply Caddy (helllllllo, marker and pen collection)

Wooden Pencil Holder (it comes in four colors!)

“I Could’ve Bin an…” Art Caddy (multiple colors available)

Row 2:

“I Could’ve Bin a…” Things Bin (my absolute favorite!!!!)

Budding Artist Desk Organizer

Striped Desktop Storage Unit

Row 3:

Poppin Accessory Trays (so versatile, available in tons of colors, AND they’re on sale right now!)

Woven Strapping Art Caddy

8-Compartment Supply Caddy

Row 4:

Bright Kids’ Desk Organizer

Aqua Mesh Desk Organizer (bright colors take standard mesh desk accessories from plain to pretty)

Perfect Pitch Gold Storage Caddy (I mean, who doesn’t love a good metallic desk accessory?!)

As I mentioned above, I am mildly obsessed with our “things” bin that lives on a shelf above my daughter’s desk. It’s the perfect solution for corralling all her crayons, markers and colored pencils.

Kids organization ideas desk shelves

Oh, and did I mention it’s only $10?!

So there you have it: My favorite ways to organize your star student’s desk this school year.

What do you think? Would any of these simple solutions work for your kiddos?

Awesome kids' desk organization ideas, and they're all under $20!

I'm loving these stylish and affordable desk organization ideas for the kiddos!





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  1. Love love the ideas, Kate! And I just love that they are so cheap!! With my little boy starting 2nd grade I need some of these options!

    • Thank you, Johlene! I love finding great organization solutions that are inexpensive, and these items did not disappoint. 🙂

  2. All such great ideas Kate, and affordable!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • Thanks, Bethany! So glad you liked them.


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