By Lana Bingham
It’s that time of the year again. Spare moments are spent squeezing in last minute back to school shopping trips and trying to get your kids on a “normal” sleep schedule. With school back in session, it’s easy for things in your home to become chaotic. Lunchboxes, textbooks, school supplies, crafts, and half-finished school projects are quickly strewn about, cluttering your counter tops and tables. To maintain organization (and your sanity) follow these tips.
Just Drop It: Placing a “drop zone” in your home’s front entry will cut down on clutter and keep your home well maintained. These innovative areas are slowly replacing front closets, as they provide a place for shoes, coats, book bags, umbrellas and even electrical outlets for charging cellphones, tablets and laptops. A row of hooks will also give you quick access to hanging items, such as, purses, dog leashes and keys.
In Need Of A Nook? Tampa new home builders can incorporate a small office nook in or nearby the kitchen. A nook is the perfect place for children to leave their homework assignments and other important school papers, with a central location that allows the entire family to stay organized. Since things will seem a little frantic as you try and adjust your family to the new agenda, place a large calendar on the wall above your desk. To keep you and your family on track, fill the calendar with appointments, special events, school functions, sleepovers and birthday parties. A bulletin board may also be needed for pinning important papers like the school lunch calendar. If your home is lacking space, an all-in-one wall organizer is another option.
Color Coordinate: To keep each family member’s assignments and belongings from getting mixed up, designate a certain color for each person. Use colored post-its, ink, folders and bins to better organize. Assigning a number to each person is another option.
Sort It Out: Incorporating organizational elements in your kid’s rooms will be a real life-saver. Home builders Tampa Florida often suggest built-ins, which can be filled with matching bins to hide games and toys. Extra shelving will also make clean-up time a breeze. In your laundry room, keep things organized and include a sorted hamper so that different colors and materials can be separated ahead of time.
Learn To Label: Taking time out of your morning to make lunches can create a hectic start to your day. To save valuable minutes, keep your kitchen items systematized and labeled. Instead of obscuring things inside cabinets, label clear containers and place them in a more accessible place, such as a shelf or in the pantry. This trick can also be used in the bathroom for organizing cotton balls, Q-tips and other necessities.
Building a custom home allows you to be in control of your home’s design and create special areas that will help you stay organized. Rather than stuffing bins and boxes in random corners, you can build with organization in mind. If interested in learning more about the many built-in organizational options available for new homes, contact us.
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