Lockers are your back to school secret
Whether it's the end of summer or just the end of an all-too-quick weekend, getting ready for back to school can be chaotic! But with the help of a trusty locker (or three), it doesn't have to be.
Take a deep breath. And maybe pour yourself a coffee. Ready? Here we go…
"Where's my hat? Where's my library bag? Where's my left shoe? Where's my other sock? No, not that one. My other, other sock? Can I have sushi for lunch? I can't find my lunchbox! I forgot to mention I need a complicated, hand-painted papier mache costume today. And I'm supposed to bring a tray of cupcakes. Also, I need a permission slip signed in purple ink. Can you remove this rotten banana from the lining of my bag?"
The morning routine can feel a bit like running a marathon (in gumboots, on ice), but with a few clever tweaks, lockers can hold the secret to a smooth getaway. Plus, they can also hold all your stuff!
Here's how we use lockers to make back to school less rush, more routine.
get dressed with The Twinny
If getting dressed in the morning inspires tantrums or tears on the regular, The Twinny is about to be your game-changer! With two hanging rail heights (so little people can reach their own things), they make the perfect place to keep uniforms and school clothes ready to grab. With space for customisable shelves as well, you can keep all the accessories you need – think hats, jackets, and shoes – in the one place. That's at least half of those 'where are my…' questions, answered!
stash it with The Skinny
Inspired by the original retro school locker, The Skinny is made for back to school solutions! Whether you go for a standalone or a whole row of them, The Skinny loves helping you get organised. Stash all your bits and pieces for each child in a locker with their name on it and they'll love it just as much as you do. Or, separate them by activity – one locker for books and binders, one for sports equipment, and one for craft. The options are endless, and you'll always know where everything is!
The Lowdown on extracurricular activities
Always fishing under the couch for that hockey stick, swimming cap, pair of ballet shoes or violin case? When your family calendar is chock full of activities, take one thing off your list by stashing everything you need in a dedicated locker. The Lowdown is the perfect height for kids to reach, so they can be responsible for packing away their activities and accessories. And with its nice wide dimensions, you can store those awkwardly-shaped bits and bobs (trombone, anyone?) once and for all.
The Shorty is your bedside buddy
Keep library books separate from the bookshelf (a Twilight Zone for losing things), or lock your essentials away where they won't get lost. The Shorty makes the perfect spot to store all those bits and pieces that can trip up the morning routine. Keep their keys, bus pass, trading cards and lunch money here! Or, The Shorty is just as comfy sliding under the desk to create an organised, inspiring homework zone. Since it's lockable, you won't even have to worry about the dog eating your homework!
stop, drop and Midi
The Midi makes the ideal storage for entryways, so you can tuck away all that clutter and make it easy to grab the essentials on your way out the door. Creating a drop-and-go zone at your front door makes the daily routine nice and simple. Whisk school bags, blazers, hats and all into your Midi to keep your floors clear and your life organised. When it's time to leave, they're right where you need them!
don't forget to accessorise!
All Mustard Made lockers have handy hooks inside the door to keep little treasures safe. These make the ideal spot to hang keys, lanyards and other daily essentials. You can also use The Hangers to store clothes (obviously) as well as hang school bags up off the ground (no more trip hazards!)
A set of Wordbits magnets makes labelling your locker fun, and if you want to go all out with the labelling, a Cricut machine will get it done — and we've even made you a template. Since our lockers are magnetic, you can use their surfaces to stick schedules and reminders, which helps kids to visualise their routines. Never be sprung with a last-minute request again!
And who could forget The Baskets? Perfect for keeping everything nice and tidy inside your locker, use them to organise your homework and permission slips, keep craft supplies in order, or stash your library books.
We may be biased, but we think lockers might just be the key to nailing back to school.