Now that the summer is almost over it is time for families to start thinking about back to school ideas for their fall home. While many parents think back to school organization only involves the kids’ rooms and play areas, the reality is “back to school” time affects your entire home.
From the moment you wake up in the morning and rush to get the kids out to the bus stop to when your kids come home and do their homework, organization is key in your family home. If you’re trying to think of how to organize your back to school home, look at these 10 ways that are sure to start the year off right!
1. Organizing the heart of the home: the kitchenIf you count how many times you and your family members go in and out of the kitchen a day, you would be astonished. They don’t call it the “heart of the home” for nothing. On school days your kitchen is the scene for hurried breakfasts, grab and go coffees and in the evening can turn into homework central before dinner. Organize your kitchen based on your family and lifestyle. Depending on the age of your children organize sections of the refrigerator for school-aged children who pack their lunch. For teenagers dedicate a pantry shelf to their food and keep handy “after school” snacks in an area where children can reach them without asking for assistance. Encourage the family to gather around the dining room table for family meals as much as possible.
2. Keep your family room a neutral territoryFor many families back to school time means a home that is cluttered with school supplies, books, toddler toys and chaotic family belongings throughout each room of the house. Dedicate your family and living rooms to a neutral territory. This will help provide a space where kids and parents can unwind and enjoy television, share a conversation, without the worriment of disturbing other family members. Create essential organization for video games, books, and magazines in storage ottomans, bookshelves, built-in entertainment systems that allow for the family to “hang out” at the right times.
3. Every room in your home can use back to school organization:
From your entryway and mudroom to your home to the laundry room or basement, your family goes through a lot of routines during the course of an average school day. Ensuring that each room in your home is decluttered from the summer and is ready for fall is the first step to getting an organized home. Assess your family’s lifestyle and their school schedule to determine what areas of your home should be tackled first. Any room that you and your kids waste time looking for items: kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, kids’ rooms… need to get organized!