The end of summer is a busy time of the year for everyone in your family. School is just starting, sports teams are kicking into gear, and your house is probably a disaster like the rest of ours are. These back to school organization tips are sure to keep your house in tip top shape, save your sanity and even earn you a few spare minutes of downtime.
Keep, donate and throw away.
This time of the year is perfect for overhauling your kids’ wardrobes. If you haven’t emptied out their old clothes that no longer fit, now is the time. Create a keep, donate and throw away box and get to emptying out those closets. Not only will this make for less clutter, you’ll have room to store those new school clothes you purchased for them!
Clean out the bathroom.
Head into the kid’s bathroom with the same determination as you did their rooms. Time to throw away those broken bobby pins, over stretched elastics and old hair and makeup supplies. While you’re in there and at it, make a list of what you’ll need to replace so the next time you head out on a shopping trip you won’t forget anything crucial to the morning routine. If you have more than one child, peek at your local dollar store for coloured baskets and give one to each child to store their supplies in.
Create a set homework spot.
Creating a homework center in your home is always a great idea with school aged kids. Having a place where they can go to complete projects without distractions is essential to their success and productivity. Stock the spot with school supplies and file folders. If you’ve already got a spot, swap the old for the new so the area is tidy and clean for the school year ahead.
Organize a backpack zone in your entryway.
During such a busy time of the year, your entryway is likely going to become a drop zone for backpacks, coats, shoes, etc. Having a designated space for these items can help to keep the chaos contained and will make it easy to find what you or the kids are looking for when you need it.
Prepare your laundry room.
The laundry room is one of those places in a home that most of us tend to neglect when it comes to regular cleaning. Take the extra few minutes during this busy time of the year to wipe down the counters, the inside and outside of your washer and dryer, the floors and more. Preparing yourself for the endless loads of laundry that are coming your way during the school year will make the transition much easier.
Do you have any tips that make the transition from summer to fall easier?
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