Is Your Home Ready For Back-To-School?

The new school year is right around the corner. The laid back, easy days of summer will soon be behind us and with the start of school, families face new organization challenges.

Get your home organized now to prepare for the best school year ever!

Make Your Household Run More Efficiently

Life during the school year goes by so quickly. Sports, music lessons, after school activities, and volunteer commitments shorten family time and put mileage on the mini-van. Get organized! Spiff up your household systems to meet autumn's faster pace and to give your family more time together.

  • Clean house ... fast! Take a stab at speed cleaning and whip through household chores in record time. A quick five-minute blitz at the end of the day will have everyone working together to keep things tidy.

  • Cut time in the kitchen: create a menu plan and never again wonder what you'll do for dinner.

  • Streamline dinner prep. Try a session of freezer cooking to stock the freezer with prepared entrees for stress-free dinner on sports night.

  • Conquer the paper pile-up. Set up a basic filing system to track school paperwork, volunteer activities and other household planning

Create Calendar Central

Each school year floats on a sea of schedules. What do you do when you're drowning in paper? Post the family event calendar in a public place near a hub of activity, like the refrigerator. Add other calendars to Calendar Central: school lunch menus, class assignment sheets, sports practice schedules. When school calls for volunteers, you'll know at a glance whether you're free to help.

The Perfect Workspace Most children don't want to come home from school and sit at their desk to do homework. Consider using a common family area as a workspace, like the kitchen table or living room so children can ask questions and get feedback while they work. Clutter-free bedroom Getting dressed is usually what takes the most time in the morning, so take a good look at your child's closet to ensure they're utilizing as much of that space as possible. This is a great time of year to see what fits and what has been outgrown. Maintaining Now that your home is de-cluttered for the fall, the hard part is keeping it that way. Come up with a concrete organizing system using containers for similar objects. Another source of clutter is old school work - go through last year's projects and purge what doesn't need to be saved.

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