It's that time of year again, when the kids go back to school. Staying organized is essential. A home is your castle, so make it feel accessible and enjoyable. Include baskets, benches, and smaller compartments to organize shoes, bookbags, purses, coats and electronics. If entry ways to the home are cluttered with dim lighting it will be challenging to find things when you need them quickly. Take the time to have access to all of the essentials without the frustration of looking for them on the way out the door. Being organized only takes a 15 minutes out of your day to plan for the week.
Clean spaces are easy to take care of by including a small trash can by the door, also have sanitizer wipes, and hand sanitizer readily available. Consider purchasing new book bags, or if they are in gently used condition, wash them throughout the school year. Trashcans, storage units, coats, shoes and rugs should be routinely wiped down. Vacuum, and dust repeatedly throughout the week to omit allergies from people and pets. Consider a coat of fresh paint in storage areas for a bright uplift to a room.
Get your children and grandchildren involved creating spaces in the home that are comfortable, accessible and enjoyable experience for studying. Refresh pencil boxes with new markers, paints, crayons, tissue, glue, erasers. Kids grow over summer, so measure their desks and chairs for height, include adequate lighting for studying before they are back to school. The small things make a big impact, in the environment for studying, sleeping, and entertaining. Get everyone involved and make basic spaces, great spaces. - Judith Stanton
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