5 Organizing Tips for a Middle Schooler

5 Organizing Tips for a Middle Schooler
 This shop about 5 Organizing tips for a middle schooler’s  desk has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EraseStress #CollectiveBias

I think there is irony in this post’s title. I am not sure organization and middle schooler ever go together. This year I will have two middle schoolers. My daughter is in 8th grade this year and you would think that her desk would be more organized as she already had 3 years in her middle school to realize the importance of being organized. Well what do these photos tell you… (BTW she has given full permission for these photos to be published)  

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Back to school is approaching quickly, and here is the before picture that had Mom stressed out about the first day of school. 

How to organize a desk

With school staring in a few weeks and have a rainy day with no other plans, we decided to head to Target and pick up some new Pilot pens and organizational tools to start off the school year right.

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(Her clothes organized, well that is a different and constant argument we have.)


Here are our 5 tips to organize a middle schooler’s desk:

  1. Start slow, do one drawer or area of the desk at a time.
  2. Dump all contents of a drawer in a clear space on the floor
  3. Have a garbage pile and a Keep Pile 
  4. Buy a few organizational trays and bins to help organize their supplies
  5. Let your child put things away in a way that makes sense to them, then provide your suggestions

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Since middle school students no longer use pencils to complete most assignments, we are big fans of the 3-pack of Red, Blue, and Black FriXion Erasable Pens. Kids won’t have to cross out misspellings instead they can just erase their mistakes and move on. This reduces the time doing their homework; giving them more time to do other activities. (technology not included) 

Another reason we are fans of Pilot Pen is their partnership with STOMP Out Bullying. STOMP Out Bullying is the leading national bullying and cyberbullying prevention organization. Pilot will join forces to help build awareness and fund educational programs designed to reduce and prevent bullying in schools across the country. With your purchase of Pilot’s FriXion Clicker erasable gel ink pens, you can help Pilot support & fund STOMP Out Bullying programs to ‘erase’ negative bullying behaviors and ‘rewrite’ positive, productive solutions.

  • Pilot will be making a minimum of a $125,000 donation to STOMP Out Bullying, spanning 2015 and 2016. If annual sales goals are exceeded, additional funds will be donated. The additional funds, beyond the minimum $125,000 donation, will be determined based on sales performance & purchase quantities.


Buy your own pens and save money doing so: from 8/23 – 8/29 Get 20% off FriXion Clicker pen 3pk Assorted and FriXion Clicker pen 3pk Black. Every purchase counts and I love having these in my supply drawer as well. 

How do you get your middle schooler organized? 


  1. Love any tips from you since you have been there done that!!

  2. LOL notice I did not show any of my work space although I really don’t have a work space so my whole house is disorganized 🙂

  3. Can you come organize my desk? It is much messier than your middle school daughter’s desk! Looks like those FriXion pens will come in handy… and there’s actually room for them in her drawer now. #client

  4. I love love love these pens! We already have to packs and my husband wants them for work. Definitely not the erasable pens we use to have.

  5. Middle school years are such a trying time for kids, and it seems their ability to stay organized truly goes out the window. I love these suggestions and ideas for helping them. I know my four older children (all college and older now) struggled with this during Jr High.

  6. I have a middle schooler this year- I am still in shock! Thankfully I don’t have to organize her desk, she is my neat child. But she surely needs to come help me organize mine! She also loves the FriXion erasable pens for her school work and journaling. Being a perfectionist, its the perfect balance between pretty and fixable!

  7. It always looks so nice at the beginning of the year!

  8. Having organizing trays make life so much easier. They can always find what they need when they need it. I should have done this when I was a kid.

  9. What an adorable desk and I love that cute lamp! Love your suggestion about letting the child put it in a place that makes sense to them.

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