School is starting for many students on August 29th and parents are still in the summer mode. Before we know it, school buses will be picking up the students and we will be asking ourselves-where did the summer go? There are still back packs thrown in closets and left over school supplies put away in drawers or on top of dressers. Getting on a schedule with a to-do list is a must when preparing for school. Starting the school year off with a positive attitude will definitely influence your child’s attitude as they get back in the school mode? An organized home is the beginning and there are resources available to help those busy parents accomplish this goal.
The weeks leading up to the start of school are filled with signing up for classes, shopping, sports practices, and other hectic and sometimes costly activities. To ease the stress of the 2011 back-to-school season, the designers with Closets by Design, a national leader in custom home organization and storage solutions, offer homeowners quick tips on how to get organized before the chaos sets in:
Closets by Design offers these tips for taking the first steps to getting organized.
Do an inventory. The first step to making the back-to-school bustle easier is to clear out any junk that has accumulated over the summer months, and do an inventory of school supplies and equipment. Likely, you will find you are checking off items on your shopping list without ever having to leave your home, which will save you time and money.
Focus on your closet first. If getting out the door on time is a hassle every morning, take a look at your closet; it may be a major contributing factor to your morning rush. Having a clean, organized closet is not only good for speeding up your morning routine, but sets a great example for your kids.
Design a comfortable work space. Research shows that the best learning environments are quiet, clean spaces that are designated for studying. Before school starts, create a comfortable work space for homework in your child’s bedroom or the dining room; make sure there is proper lighting and filing and organizing systems to help them stay focused and organized throughout the school year.
Prepare your home for fall sports equipment. Whether it’s the garage, laundry room, or front closet, designate a space for your kids to leave their sports gear. Add hooks, drawers or cabinet to give every pair of cleats or swim suit has its place in the home. This will help to maintain equipment and avoid the cost of replacing missing items.
Designate space for backpacks and other gear. Just like at school, it is a great idea to have a special place for backpacks and bags at home. Not only will you have more room to go about your lives when school is out for the day, but gathering belongings the next morning will be a world easier as well. It is as easy as installing hooks or small locker-style spaces in your garage or laundry room.
About Closets by Design
Since 1982, Closets by Designhas built a reputation as the nation’s leader in the closet organizing and storage remodeling industry. The company offers customers comprehensive solutions to all their organizational needs in a short and simple process by designing, building and installing custom home offices, closets, garage cabinets, wall units, laundries, pantries, wardrobe mirror doors and other home organization systems. Closets by Designoffer a wide selection of finishes, accessories and hardware. There are currently 33 franchise locations serving major markets across the country. To schedule a FREE in-home consultation or inquire about franchise opportunities, please visit www.closetsbydesign.comor call 800-293-3744