5 Steps to Getting Your House Back-to-School Ready

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The air is getting a bit crisper, which can only mean one thing – fall is around the corner. As September approaches, that means it’s time to get ready for back-to-school season. While you may be busy shopping for new school supplies, sneakers, and the perfect first day of school outfit, your house to-do list is waiting for you to tackle.

Getting your home ready for back-to-school is just as important as stocking backpacks and the fridge with snacks. Whether you have young kids, college kids, or you’re heading to grad school or just gearing up for a busy work season, it’s important to make sure your home is just as ready as you are.

Organization is everything when it comes to rockin’ back-to-school season. Here are a few tips to get your home back-to-school ready.

Make upgrades to your closets

Closet organization can make or break a morning. There’s no better time than August to tackle the closet renovations, whether that’s adding extra wardrobes in your home, shelving and bins in your closets, or doing an overhaul of your hallway closets to make them more functional. It’s important that your closets aren’t just jam packed with stuff (like many of our closets are!). You want to have a system in place that lets you see what you need to see, and tuck away extra storage.

Work with a professional company, or DIY it with some help from your local hardware or furniture stores. There are also a ton of ideas online.

Create your perfect study nook

Whether your kids are getting older and need a dedicated work space, or you’re looking to add a home working space office, setting is everything when it comes to being productive. It might be time to clear out the spare room and make it multi-functional, or tackle the abandoned rec room or the never used sitting room. A good space to work goes a long way, and it’s a great way to be creative and make a space that’s soothing and fun to work in.

Make some tweaks to your kitchen

Any family knows how crazy the mornings are, whether you’re a family of two to a family of six or more! Now is the time to make those changes you’ve been hoping to make to make your kitchen more functional, like organizing the pantry, adding in an island with bigger sinks and more shelving, upgrading your appliances, or going big and redoing your cupboards. When you feel at ease in your kitchen, it’ll make Monday-Friday feel much more relaxing.

Fix your front entryway and mud rooms

Shoes, sports equipment, and jackets littering the mud room and entry way are often everyone’s Achilles heel when it comes to their home. It’s so worth it to spend a few bucks on creating the right shoe storage, sports storage, bench seating and jacket hangers for their commonly used in-and-out spaces for their home. You’ll be thankful you did it once winter hits!

Install a calendar

This fun DIY task is perfect for the busy family or the couple that likes to be organized. Find a spot in your home, likely your kitchen, which can be used as a communication hub. Put a calendar and a to-do list in that space, with some spots for mail, keys or any other small items that need to be passed back and forth. You can do this on the cheap, you just need to have a bit of space for it.

Make your home work for you

The best thing about getting your home organized and optimized is that when you have a space that is fully functional, you can use your space with ease. Identify the points of friction for you and your family, and make the small tweaks to make it work for you. These fixes can be as cheap as some storage bins and shelving, or as big as installations or ripping out an annoying fixture.

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