Best in class: Back-to-school trends for both kids and adults

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  • Back to school is a time to reboot, a fresh start for everyone—even if you don't have kids. Pinners are looking for ideas that are easy, affordable and a reflection of their personality. From pre-school to post-grad, we’re breaking down the top 39 trends for both kids and adults. Meet the new best in class...

    Elementary: Easy as 1, 2, 3

    In August, everyone’s deep in the lazy days of summer, then BAM! It’s back to school. There’s no magic reset button, but there are a few tricks to make it a little more easy (and fun!).

    • Pick their outfits for the week (+47%) and organize them with a hanging organizer, plastic bins or hanger tags.

    • Even if you don't have a full-size mudroom, you can keep the kid clutter from taking over with a designated drop zone (+48%).

    • Car games don't have to be reserved for long road trips. Story starters (+121%) are short, fun ways to get their minds warmed up for class.

    • With just a few supplies, kids can make painted rocks (+220%) of animals and people.

    • Hate cutting off sandwich crusts? Then you’ll love lunch kabobs (+67%)—and so will they.​

    College: The fresh 15

    Dorm rooms are small, impersonal and ill-equipped for cooking, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. The right dorm decor can add style and personality, and food tricks for the kitchenless. Here are a few faves from our back-to-school cheat sheet, the freshman 15:

    • Share a favorite quote, hashtag or message on a felt letter sign (+42%).

    • Removable decor like temporary wallpaper (+344%) and washi tape are easy, non-permanent style hacks.

    • From quirky cactus to delicate copper, string lights (+23%) are always a bright idea. And neon (+197%) isn’t just for dive bars anymore.

    • You don't need a green thumb to add greenery to your space. There are dozens of hard-to-kill houseplants (+111%).

    • Easy one pot recipes (+960%) are no-brainers for students who don't have access to a kitchen and want healthy, fast food. Craving Cheetos? Turn vending machine food into epic snacks (+99%).

    Work: The non-negotiables

    Remember the thrill of buying new outfits and school supplies for school? This is the grown-up version.

    • Millennial pink (+100%) is everywhere. For those 9-to-5 days, a pantsuit is a smart choice for the office.

    • Paper bags aren’t just for lunch. Paper bag pants (+682%) and skirts are unexpected looks that make stylish work-to-drinks pieces.

    • Not only do Himalayan salt lamps (+148%) have a pretty glow, but they clean the air and counteract electromagnetic radiation. Add one to your desk ASAP.

    • The perfectly portioned bento box (+90%) is an easy way to pre-pack lunch.

    • A happy planner (+574%) is not your average planner. It's a cheerleader, personal assistant and best friend.

    • PopSockets (+3920%) are the do-it-all tech accessory that act as a phone grip, media stand, cord wrap and more—you can even hang jewelry on it.

    —Cami Winding, currently saving ideas to Apartment Livin'