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One of the first DIY organzing products I created was a homework caddy for students. A homework caddy is a place to keep all the supplies a student might need to get their homework done. So when they come home from school, they can grab their homework caddy, sit at the kitchen table or wherever they do their homework and they’ll have everything they might need right in front of them. No more homework time wasted looking for school supplies!

DIY Homework Caddy = Shoe Box + Toilet Paper Tubes + Duct Tape

DIY Homework Caddy = Shoe Box + Toilet Paper Tubes + Duct Tape

To make the caddy I took a large shoebox and wrapped it in red duct tape, to make it really strong. Inside the box I took toilet paper rolls and I wrapped them in duct tape to create little pen and pencil caddies (they’re hot glue gunned to the bottom.)

Along one of the longer sides of the shoebox I took an empty toothpaste box and glued it to the bottom. That created a place to store larger items like crayons and a calculator. I also keep a pencil case in the bottom of the homework caddy, and I clipped binder clips along the edge of the box.

Also inside I keep a clamshell container (that once contained Command Strips) to store my sticky notes. It’s the perfect size for a little sticky note organizer.

I just took a few things that I had around the house and created something cool & useful. The total cost of this caddy was zero dollars!

See my homework caddy and more in my DIY Organization Ideas (part 1) video.


    Alejandra Costello
  • About Alejandra

  • Since 2008, organizing expert & certified life coach, Alejandra Costello has taught thousands of students in 132 countries how to get organized through her video-based training programs. Her YouTube videos have been viewed 100+ million times. Named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV and "The Decluttering Queen" by Good Morning America, Alejandra's expertise has been featured in The New York Times, Oprah.com, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman's Day, Parents Magazine, and CBS. You can read more about Alejandra here or see our Press page here.


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