Back-To-School Essentials for 2021

August 26, 2021

Colored pencils contrasted against a white wall, with words beside that say 'back-to-school essentials for 2021'

Back-To-School Essentials for 2021

It’s that time of year again. Parents, you likely know what we mean when we say, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” 

No, it’s not Christmas. After a long, hot summer, kids are finally heading back to school. For some, it’s a joyous occasion celebrating another year of in-person learning. For others, it’s a fresh start on getting back face-to-face with their teachers and classmates.

No matter if this is your first school year back in person in 18 months or three months, there are back-to-school essentials everyone needs to motivate their students when they are having school at home – or simply coming home.

Here are 5 Back-to-School Essentials for your Home for 2021.

  1. Coffee Nook

First things first, right? Every parent with school-age children needs to have a place for a cozy coffee nook in the kitchen to start the day. And, if you have teens in the house, they’ll appreciate the fresh jolt of caffeine almost as much as you do!


Custom home wood signs that says, ‘but first coffee’ on a table.


  1. Backpack Basics

No one likes to be greeted by backpacks strewn all over the floor when they walk in. Instead of letting their bags make a mess, make a designated area for your students to place their belongings each day. It can be in a laundry room, mud room, entryway or garage. As a bonus, add a wall decal welcoming your kids home with an inspirational quote — and friendly reminder, too.


Wall decal for kids that says ‘attitude is everything’ on a kid’s room wall.


  1. Lighten Up

No matter if they are doing home work or settling in to study, be sure your student has a dedicated space to work and focus. This could include clearing out a space in their room or in the family room. Either way, touch up the walls and add fresh lighting and fun lamps to be sure they don’t study in the dark.

  1. Inspiration Station

Inspirational wisdom is everywhere. From quotes on notebooks and journals, we can all find a saying that motivates us. The same is true for your student as they look for words around them to inspire. And there’s nothing better than when your parent is the one who inspires you! Add a note to their lunch or tack a post-it to their folder. Or, take it one step further and grab a vinyl wall decal for their bathroom mirror so they can read inspiration every morning before heading out the door to school.


Wall decals for bathroom that say ‘be amazing today’ on a bathroom mirror.

  1. Desk Duty

While students need a dedicated space to focus as they go back to school, they also need a dedicated work space and clutter-free desk. Must-have items include pencil stations, sharpeners and organizational cubbies to store their supplies. Take it one step father and personalize their space with a back-to-school essential vinyl wall decal that reminds them they can do anything.


Wall decal for kids that says ‘actually I can’ on a kid’s room wall.

No matter how your student engages in school this year, a few simple touches will let them know that even when the going gets tough — they are tougher — mainly because they have you as a parent by their side and creating a home that’s truly a haven.

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