Back-to-School: Home Organizing Ideas

Back-to-school time in Texas can be very hectic, especially in big households.

If you don’t set yourself up for success with proper planning, the rooms in your house can turn into utter chaos, and you are likely to feel overwhelmed with the organization needed to keep your home running smoothly throughout the school year.

Shopping for back-to-school supplies and outfits for the kids’ first day of school can offer a welcome diversion, but getting organized for the school year is a necessity. If you are not sure how to start, here are some back-to-school home organization ideas that can make all the difference between an everyday catastrophe and a home that runs like a well-oiled machine.

Create a functional entry space

Take control of chaos and clutter right at the entrance of your house by creating a functional entry space to hide and store gear. Designate an area with a seat or bench for removing outdoor gear and dirty shoes. Add hooks to hang jackets and backpacks. You can also place color-coded or labelled baskets for every family member’s smaller items.

Floor-to-ceiling shelves

We all can use more storage space. Floor-to-ceiling shelves offer ample space, ensuring that everything has a place by offering extra places to put things.

Consider smart lighting

Desk lamps and floor lamps are sometimes a waste of space. Smart lighting eliminates the need for having multiple lamps, helping avoid clutter. Smart lighting also helps lower utility bills by turning off when not in use, plus, it can boost your home’s value.

Organize your laundry area

Once school commences, so do fall sports. This equates to a lot of dirty laundry. If everything does not have a place in your laundry area, now’s a good time to get some baskets, bins, and bags to help keep everything in order. Having a dedicated place for dirty clothes means that the family knows what has been washed, dried, folded, and what needs cleaning.

Have a dedicated schoolwork station

Give your little intellectuals their own space to do their homework. It can be an area in their room with a good, sturdy desk, some plastic storage and filing cabinets or baskets, a rolling cart for their supplies, and a dry erase calendar for jotting down their to-dos for the week.

Create an operations command center

Having a command center is a great way to keep the entire household in the loop and help the family visualize the upcoming week. You can put together a command center with a few supplies: frames, some dry erase markers, and some creativity.  It can also be an area to catch permission slips, paperwork, mail, and even house keys.

Life certainly is hectic again, but with these back-to-school home organization ideas, you’ll be able to lessen stress, cut out some of the time wasters, and keep your home organized and running smoothly.


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