The start of another school year is just around the corner here at Closets Plus, which means:
- Establishing before and after school routines
- Picking up back-to-school clothes
- Stocking up on school supplies like pencils, paper, etc.
- Making sure the pantry is full of school safe snacks and lunch items
And while parents and kids alike are gearing up for school, your house needs to prepare for it too.
After all, the lazy and slow days of summer will soon be replaced with fast activity, homework projects and rushing to make the school bus.
Here’s how to get your home back-to-school ready.
There’s a reason (actually, several reasons) why the kitchen is referred to as “the heart of the home”:
- Breakfast (a healthy start to the day) takes place in kitchen
- Homework gets done in the kitchen
- Family schedules are usually stuck to the refrigerator
- After school snacks are grabbed (and sometimes enjoyed) in the kitchen
Your best bet is to organize your kitchen based on your family’s lifestyle.
For example, if homework needs to get done before dinner, make sure there’s a dedicated, free space available with all necessary school supplies close at hand.
Other things you can do include:
- For pre-schoolers: Set up an easy-to-reach storage solution where they can pick their snacks for the day
- For elementary students: Dedicate a shelf in the fridge that’s just for them (packing lunches, snacks, drinks, etc.)
- For high-schoolers: Give them pantry space where after school snacks and easy-prep meals (soups, etc.) can be found.
Before school starts, step inside your kids’ walk-in closet and go through every item in their wardrobe.
If it hasn’t been worn in years, no longer fits or is simply out of style, there’s no need to take up valuable space with it. Either donate it or get rid of it altogether.
For sentimental items (like a class ring or special sweater that’s signed by friends and classmates), find a special, safe place for them, such as under the bed storage accessories).
Now, if your kids have a hard time deciding what to wear each morning, organizing by function beforehand can save a lot of time and frustration:
- School trips
- Sports days
- Art (or other messy) activities
- Play days
- School presentations or assemblies
If your school sends out a monthly calendar, that’ll go a long way towards getting the bedroom closet organized.
As for the room itself, encourage your kids to keep it neat and tidy. And provide helpful organization accessories too (like a hamper for dirty clothes, a small recycling box for papers, etc.)
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The study room/playroom
During the year, kids will need/want a quiet area to do homework, read and play with friends.
A combination study room/entertainment area needs to allow for relaxation and productivity.
For younger children, try to keep the TV, video game system and other electronic devices out. Otherwise, they’ll be tempted to do both (watch TV and homework) at the same time (and end up doing neither).
Instead, stock the study room/playroom with books, educational toys and craft supplies; things with can bring or extend the classroom experience at home.
There’s always a conga line of people waiting to use the bathroom every morning. So ensuring it’s neat and efficient is a must.
Firstly, you should figure out what keeps people in the bathroom for so long in the morning, such as:
- Your teenage daughter washing her extra-long hair
- Your kindergartener playing with toys in the bathtub
- Your spouse putting on makeup or taking extra time shaving
Once you’ve done that, you can organize your bathroom accordingly.
For example, you can use coloured bins to store toiletries and accessories. That way, things won’t accidentally get lost or mixed up.
Plus, older kids and teenagers can store their items up high, while smaller children can have their things (special towels, toothbrushes, etc.) down low where they can safely reach.
Lastly, make sure to always have a strong supply of toilet paper that’s easy to get to.
The front hall
And everyone is looking for the same thing:
- Boots or shoes
- Bags, briefcases or purses
It’s essential to have hooks and cubbies for everything you need to grab before heading out the door.
If you can, have a bench or sitting area for little kids who need help getting dressed. It’s much easier to put on shoes when they’re sitting down vs. standing and wobbling on one foot.
The living room
While school is a big part of your family’s day-to-day life, there needs to be a place to turn off and unwind.
That place should be the living room or family room.
Here, parents can watch TV or talk about the day. Older children can play on the laptop or text away. Younger kids can play with toys or read books.
In other words, the family room should be the “hang out” spot in the house with the right amount of entertainment storage for things like remotes, charging cables, magazines, etc.
Smart back-to-school organization from Closets Plus
Your kids (and you) will have a much more productive school year in a house that’s perfectly organized to suit your family’s needs.
At Closets Plus, we totally get it.
After all, we’re parents too. So we understand the importance of having a place for all things school related.
If you need help getting your home back-to-school ready, contact us with any questions you have.
You can also book a FREE in-home consultation and meet with our design pro in the comfort and convenience of your own home.