The kids are back to school and life around your home may start to get a little more hectic once again. Here are five back to school home organization ideas that will help you keep your home organized and running smooth this year!
1) The mud room is your friend
Start with the entrance of your home, by creating an entry that catches everyone (and everything) before they get inside too far. Designate an area with a bench or seat for removing dirty shoes and other outdoor gear such as rain boots, jackets and umbrellas.
Be sure to add plenty of hooks to hang backpacks and jackets. Place labeled or color-coded baskets under the bench for each family member’s smaller items. Getting everyone in the habit of leaving all their stuff in their assigned spot will make leaving the house the next morning a little smoother.
2) Create a designated kid’s breakfast / snack station
So you’ve managed to get the kids to be tidier by putting their things away somewhere they can find them again. But now they’re starving and the chaos moves to the kitchen. Why not designate a spot in the kitchen for their after-school snacks, morning breakfast and lunches?
Depending on the size of your kitchen, it can be as simple as the lower drawer of a cabinet to a full-on pantry or cabinet section complete with a mini fridge for drinks. If possible, choose a spot that isn’t in the way when you’re cooking or washing up. Keep bowls, utensils and lunch boxes in a lower area that’s easy for younger kids to reach. And keep it stocked with their favorite healthy cereals, snacks and drinks.
3) Set up a homework spot
During the school year, your child will need an area to do homework, study, read and play. Devise an area now for your kids to be creative but also to study and be productive. If possible keep television and media equipment in another room than quiet and productive spaces to avoid the temptation of kids wanting to do both at the same time. If your kids share a study desk area with the family room or communal play area – organize your space to allow for storage of each function of belongings and supplies.
4) Keep your family room a neutral territory
For 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.
5) Set up a communication hub
Keep your family running like a well-oiled machine by organizing a command center complete with a calendar, bulletin board, chalk or dry erase board for to-do lists and a place to catch paperwork or mail.