It’s back to school time! For many parents, this can mean the beginning of stress, chaos, and new schedules full of soccer practice and science projects. Keeping track of extracurriculars and homework assignments can stress anybody out, but when it’s a parent managing a busy home too, it can feel overwhelming. Is there anything a parent can do to streamline these chores?
Using little life hacks, you can set up your home in a way that ushers the kids through the day. By creating spaces for their activities and items, you can move them from task to task and even give them a spot to celebrate their achievements.
Here are some ideas to make your home back-to-school friendly:
Kids’ Bedroom: Get Dressed Fast & Beat the Morning Rush
First thing in the morning, you’re groggy and the kids are half asleep. Most parents find themselves rushing around dressing the kids while simultaneously fixing breakfast and packing lunches. Dressing the kids can be one of the most tedious tasks of the day without good organization and planning. Getting around this can be both fun and decorative!
- Personalized clothing boxes can give your children something to decorate and call their own; you can pick out their clothes the night before and have them all ready in the box for the morning.
- Cubbies are the perfect fit for kids to keep their clothing, shoes, and even backpacks and jackets.
Combine both ideas for decor that can be used year round!
Family Room: Organize School Supplies
Organize your school and craft supplies in a variety of ways, such as using the pockets of an over-the-door shoe organizer. This is another fun project that everyone in the family can participate in creating and decorating, and the clean-up goes right into it! Other ways to accomplish this can include making a crafts desk with a supply wall. The only limits are your space and imagination!
Office: Create a Family Calendar & Know Your Deadlines
As much as our computers and cell phones have calendars on them, it pays to have a single calendar for your whole family to keep track of due dates, deadlines, doctor appointments, and anything else that might come up. The kitchen is the perfect spot as you prep breakfast to keep it all in one place.
Aside from helping spot scheduling conflicts, this can be where your kids write down their homework assignments, projects, and extracurricular activities. Having a calendar where all of this can be seen at a glance can be an invaluable tool toward organizing your home. It can also be a fun project for the whole family, because everyone can be involved in making and decorating a central family calendar.
Kitchen: Don’t Spoil Dinner!
No matter how young or old the kids are, they will often be hungry after a long day at school and might go straight for the pantry when they get home. Many kids love junk food and might even fill up before eating the healthy dinner you’ve prepared for them. Nip this in the bud with a snack basket full of containers of their favorite healthy snacks. This does triple-duty: it can give them snacks on the go, it can give you more control over their junk food habits, and it can keep them from filling up before dinner. They get their snack, and you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing they are eating healthy!
You can handle your kids’ school year like a pro with the above tips! Little tweaks to your home decor, whether a big change like a home improvement project or a smaller craftwork, can streamline your life in valuable, time-saving ways. Most of all, they can take a lot of the stress out of the school year, leaving you more time to focus on giving your kids all of your love!