1) My Erin Condren Planner has been a great way for me to keep everything organized. It keeps my home and school calendars, blogging ideas, menus/grocery lists, and fitness goals/workout history all in one place!
2) An organized place to keep backpacks/school stuff...for us this is the laundry room which leads out to the garage. I have baskets for hats/mittens/gloves. My children have hooks to hang their backpacks. Their shoes are kept in this room. Every morning when it is time to go to school, everything we need is in this room. We grab our bags and walk out the door. We used to even have a checklist to make sure nothing was forgotten, but now that we have our routine down, I was able to put it away.