Prepare your home for back to school with these 5 ideas

School’s almost in session! Now’s the time to start preparing your home for another busy year. Here are five ways you can organize and set up your home for back-to-school success.

1. Create a homework nook

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A dedicated study area can help your student stay focused at home, but you don’t have to turn an entire room into a homework station. I’ve found that an unused hallway space or room corner can be the perfect spot. Be sure to provide essentials like task lighting, counter space and a comfortable chair.

2. Seek out smarter storage solutionsdoor organizer

Trying to streamline your morning routine? Start with organization. A hanging shoe organizer in the closet, a storage bench in the mudroom and additional shelves in the bathroom can improve efficiency and help you and your kids easily find personal items in the morning.

3. Rethink bedroom designsblue bedroom

Quality sleep is essential for studying and feeling energized. Consider whether your kids’ bedrooms are designed to promote healthy sleep. An uncomfortable mattress, electronics in the bedroom and even the wrong color palette can reduce sleep quality. According to a study published in the Daily Mail, blue and yellow are the best colors for sleep, while purple is the worst.

4. Have a designated spot for your keys

I can’t count the number of times I have been late because of a lost set of keys. To prevent this from happening to you, pick a designated spot for your keys, such as a hook on the wall.

5. Create a centralized calendarcalendar dry erase

With so many activities, events, doctor appointments and social engagements going on during the school year, you’re going to need a system to keep all of the schedules straight. Hang a centralized calendar in the kitchen, one that has big enough squares so you can write down several reminders for the same day.

School will be here before you know it. Start off the year right with a few organizational and design changes in your home.

By Wendy Weinert

3 tips for dealing with small closet space

3 tips for dealing with small closet space

The dreaded small closet – nobody likes having one, but many homeowners unfortunately do. Small closets can make organizing a bedroom more difficult and you may wind up suffering from a cluttered room as a result. If your small closet space is causing you stress, here are three tips for making it work.

3 tips for dealing with small closet space

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1. Maximize your closet space

Your closet might be small, but there are ways you can maximize your storage space and make it appear bigger. If you don’t have enough room to hang up all of your clothes, install a second rod either below or behind the first one depending on the closet setup. Or use hangers with more than one hook so you can hang up more clothes without taking up as much space.

3 tips for dealing with small closet space

2. Find other ways to store your essentials

The bedroom closet isn’t your only storage option available. Look for creative ways to use your bedroom space and organize the room instead. Buy a storage bed that allows you to sleep and keep the room clean. Add a wardrobe to your space or a decorative bench to hold extra clothes. If your wall could use some visual appeal, a jewelry wall mount makes an excellent storage solution and will also add a unique design element to the room.

3. De-clutter

Peter Walsh, an organization expert says, “When you de-clutter, it’s astounding what will flow into that space to enrich you and your family.” Think of your small closet as an opportunity to get rid of some of the clutter overtaking your room. Go through all of your clothes, jewelry, shoes and personal items to decide what should stay and what can go. Anything that you haven’t worn or used in the last year could probably be donated, sold or thrown out.

A small closet won’t hurt your room’s overall appeal and style if you don’t let it. Look for ways to maximize and de-clutter your space so you can enjoy a more organized, stress-free room.

By Wendy Weinert