Over-the-door school supplies organizer…

January 19, 2012
My kids used to ALWAYS ask me where to find random school supplies when it was time to do homework… almost every evening.  “I need a pencil or I need a marker, etc”…  I was tired of looking for them, so I decided to GET ORGANIZED with it.  I found these cute over the door organizers at OPEN SKY (here).  My kids have been in love since I installed them.  They think its the neatest thing to have great organization for their stuff. Their friends are amazed when they see just how organized you can actually be.


Paper for his ninja star hobby


Glue sticks, pencil grips, colored pencils, window crayons, cards, sticky notes…


Paper clips, batteries, erasers, metallic sharpies, regular sharpies, fat markers.


The awesome scented markers (which we adore), pencils…



Fine tip Sharpies.


Ninja stars.



My daughter even has one on the back of her door.


Over-the-door school supplies organizer.


If you missed a category, here they are again…
Colored pencils
Glue sticks
Pencil grips
Sticky notes
Fat markers
Window crayons
Paper clips
Metallic Sharpies
Regular Sharpies
Fine Tip Sharpies
Study guides
Scented markers
Mechanical pencils
Index cards
Ninja stars
If you would like to know where I got these cute organizers, it was at Open sky (here).  You can find the organizers under the curator “org junkie” on the Open Sky website.  They are worth EVERY penny I spent on them.   You have to be a member (free) to purchase through open sky.

 Do you use an over the door organizer? For what?

38 comments on “Over-the-door school supplies organizer…

  1. Fancy says:

    I need this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Love it!!! So cute 🙂


  3. That is totally cute! And, it holds a soft spot in my organizer/trying to improve heart! One tip: As a teacher for many years I learned to store all my markers upside down so the ink lasts longer. It drains to the bottom of the ink well/pad thingy in the marker tube so why not squeeze the most out of it while you can?!! 🙂

  4. TaraR says:

    Love it! Super cute & space saver!!

  5. Looks great. I tried similar systems over the years, but I can never get my kids to put the markers, pens etc. back into their separate pockets (even though they are clearly marked)!

  6. This is why I love blogging! NEVER would have thought of that idea!


  7. LOVE this idea…and totally need to do this for me even though I have no kiddos….

    but can I just say that I WANT all of those sharpies and highlighters?!?!?!?!

  8. Big D and Me says:

    We have one for all the little odds and ends you can never find – batteries, hole puncher, erasers, etc

    My kids also have one in theri room for little toys

  9. Clean Mama says:

    Love it, Toni! I use an over-the-door organizer for my daughter’s doll clothes too.

  10. I love it! This is a great idea and a great use of space!

  11. Mary says:

    This would be PERFECT for our homeschooling supplies! Thanks for sharing!

  12. That is really cute, something to remember for when my kids start school

  13. Ashley says:

    Great idea!~

  14. Messy Roost says:

    That is just awesome. I bought one and didn’t know what to do with it. Thank you for such a great idea.

    The Messy Roost

  15. Mrs. Cupcake says:

    Amazing!! I’m thinking about which door in my house I can put this on… 🙂

    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  16. What a completely fab idea!
    Pining these so I don’t forget them when my boys start school in 2 years

  17. Lori says:

    What a creative storage idea! My kids would love this 🙂

  18. Lori in PA says:

    I love this — well done! We have a great, deep drawer in our great, huge desk. I love opening the drawer — makes me feel like I’m in first grade again and my beloved teacher is opening her drawer to give me a new pencil.

  19. Samantha says:

    Toni – I luuuuurve this one!!!! Thanks for sharing. I have just the spot for this in my home :-). Once I put it together, I will share all about it on my own blog. I love the way you have yours set up!!!! So colorful and pretty and simple and easy to get things out and, more importantly, back in!! 🙂

  20. Abby Devine says:

    Awesome idea!!! Cuts down the time trying to find something…. love this!

  21. This is great! I love over the door shoe organizers for so many things! I have one for my girl’s hair bows and one for crafty things. I don’t have the room but I would love one for school supplies and one in my pantry too!

  22. wonderful idea!
    So pretty and practical

  23. Katie J. says:

    Thank you so much for not only sharing this inspiration, but also sharing where you got them from!! I just ordered two! I plan on putting one in my daughters room and one in our kitchen to organize some items that never know where to go:) I am so excited to get it in the mail!!


  24. Leslie says:

    What a great idea! We use an over the door organizer to hold Barbies. In addition to keeping them neat and easy to get/put away it also keeps their hair from getting to tangled and ratty.

  25. Kim says:

    This organization technique is a great one! It will work great with my kids and my school kids. I like that my school kids will be able to get and use the materials that need as they need them and won’t have to ask me every time where a marker, eraser or pencils are! Headed to Target to get a few of these babies now!!
    Kim @ http://specedteacherk.blogspot.com/

  26. Jennifer says:

    I love this idea for when my 3 year old no longer considers a wall her personal blank canvas. Right now, I use a scrapbooking organizer bag to hold all my 7 year old’s homework materials. The best part is that it can be stored out of his sister’s reach. I’m wondering if I should make one for myself as a card organizer – birthdays, thank yous, sympathy, baby, etc.? Are the pockets big enough?

  27. Dyl says:

    I just ordered one! I’m going to use your school supply idea, but plan to add home office supplies as well. Thanks for sharing where to buy this. I never heard of Open Sky until now.

  28. Sara says:

    Great organization! I love it!

  29. Sarah says:

    What a fab idea! I have the just the place for one of these in our kitchen…which is great because school supplies are currently taking up a ton of space in one of my cabinets! Can’t wait to get one of these! And my daughter will love having easy access to everything!

  30. Toni, I am striving to be as organised as you! I have 5 kids and work part time and there never seems to be enough hours in the day! HOWEVER, the other day I went and bought 2 drawer organisers and organised my junk drawers (yes I am ashamed to say I have 2 of them), but not anymore everything is now nicely put in a place or in the trash! I also went a got everthing I needed for my home management binder! While I was there I bought extra so I could organise a folder for each of my kids.They all bring home so much stuff, and as there are 5 of them I can’t keep it all. So I take pictures of the artwork, or I scan it, and I scan all awards and certificates and then save them on an external hard drive. the hard copies are now organised by school year in a nice binder (only done one child but working on the rest). Thank you for all your helpful ideas and hints I really appreciate you sharing.

  31. I love this idea! We have our school supplies in cutlery baskets because our open-house floor plan school room doesn’t have a door (or very much wall space).

    What kind of labels are those? Right now I’m using Avery print labels but they don’t stay put! I need to upgrade to better labels, but want one I can write on.

  32. Tricia says:

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!


  33. Lars says:

    Terrific, useful idea. I love that these have various sizes and shapes of pockets. I use a mesh pocket door organizer for our three girls’ barbie dolls, one in the master bathroom for all the toiletries that don’t fit in the drawer & need quick access, and one on our under-stairs door for seasonal wear (hats, mittens, gloves, sunglasses, swim goggles, flip-flops, rain boots, etc.)

    Currently I use galvanized shelf boxes from IKEA to hold all the craft, art, school, & project supplies. The kids each have a pencil box at home for pencils, crayons, pens, scissors, glue sticks, sharpeners, pencil gribs, & other homework helps.

  34. Christy says:

    I love this idea, of course, like so many others. My problem is the lack of door space in my tiny house. The great thing about these organizers is finding/rearranging wall space and being able to hang them there instead. No more cluttered, much needed desk space with those little drawers that just sit there until you need something! This would not only organize my desk and filing cabinets, but it would be easier to find what I’m looking for and allow the room to actually work/craft at my desk instead of the dining room table. Thanks!

  35. I love how you used this product! My company sells these over the door organizers and I think I may have to get an extra one to organize all my girls art/school supplies.


  36. JR Rosales says:

    Hi, Toni! Can you perhaps suggest organization for “portable art/ school supplies”? I have kids who are budding artists – they would always bring their crayons and notepads wherever they go both inside and outside the house. We went overseas once and we had 1 bag full of crayons, markers, coloring books, notepads etc! Was thinking of getting them a Thirty One Gifts mini organizer or organizing utility tote… soemthing like that.


  37. addisonparker says:

    that’s so cool I might have to do that with my kids.

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