Every room in your home can use organisation even during school season.
Most parents think that home organisation is impossible with kids still in school age.
Home organisation can actually come easy even if your kids are still going to school.
Organising the kitchen
If 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. Organise your kitchen based on your family and lifestyle. Depending on the age of your children organise 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.
Neutral Family Room
For most families, having kids that go to school means a home cluttered with school supplies, books, toddler toys and chaotic family belongings. Dedicate your family and living rooms to a neutral territory. Provide a space where kids and parents can unwind and enjoy television, share a conversation, without disturbing other family members. Create essential organisation 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.
Every room in your home can use organisation
From your entryway 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. Make each room decluttered from the summer and ready for fall is the first step to getting an organised 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 organised!
Getting out of the house on time
The trick to getting out of the house each morning on time is to have an organised home. Assess your front door entry and foyer, mudroom or utility room and/or the back door from the garage. Whichever is the point of entry for the majority of “family traffic” in the mornings and evenings. An area to hang coats, backpacks and hats for the kids is essential and a seating area is ideal. For parents ensure an area for personal belongings like purse and wallet, smart phone chargers and key storage can help you keep everything in one spot without hunting for them when time is of the essence. Try to get in the habit of having your kids place belongings here at night so their morning routine is less stressful.
Start off small
Just like a routine for school schedules, the same is true for your home’s organisation. Start off small by decluttering areas that have old homework such as kids’ desks and take down old crafts and artwork to make way for the new. Decide how you want to archive your children’s work. A few pieces can be framed and displayed in your home, while others can be scanned or photographed and kept electronically to keep your home clutter free as the school years go on.
Organizing Laundry room
While most would argue that bathrooms are the dirtiest room, the laundry room sees its share of dirt and grime, especially with school-aged children. School time means extra-curricular sports uniforms with playgrounds adding a hefty share of dirt for your weekly laundry. Organizing with individual hampers per family member to keep clothes separate. Consider creating a laundry schedule for the family to avoid excessive traffic in your laundry room. Organize cleaners and detergents in cabinets or shelving above, and have older family members pitch in with the folding and sorting of clothes.
Kids’ closet Organisation
Let’s face it, when it comes to organising your kids closet – getting them out of their rooms is key, right? Purge old clothes in their closets. Too small, or out of season clothes can be donated to charity or given to younger siblings. Go through their closet with your kids, it will solve the “Mom what did you do with my favorite sweater?” yells in the morning and will help them keep up with their own belongings. Organise clothes by school functions, sports and other activities to ease the time in finding outfits to wear in the morning.
Study and play area organisation
Your child needs an area to do homework, study, read and play. Have an area 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 – organise your space to allow for storage of each function of belongings and supplies. Without a place to hang their regular art projects, the piles of art can get out of hand.
Bathroom organisation can help you and your kids
Children and adults spend more time in the bathroom than almost any room in the entire house. Second after the kitchen, your bathroom and the kids’ bathroom should be given a lifestyle makeover. Meaning, determine what keeps you and your kids in the bathroom so long. Organise toiletries for kids in marked baskets, or fun color washable plastic bins for younger children and their bath essentials. Older kids and teenagers can store hair accessories, styling aids, makeup and other toiletries on high shelving in adjacent linen closets or built-in pull out baskets. Behind the door storage like robe hooks and towel rails are helpful too and can help cut down time fumbling for bath items in the morning.
Kids will always either love or hate going to school, but an organized home will benefit everyone when school schedules are tight and time is of the essence. Organising your home this will free up time to attend your kids’ activities after school, spend more time enjoying a family dinner and toss the football in the backyard with your kids.