Keep Your Home Organized Despite Back-To-School Chaos | Home & Garden


Whether you’re rearranging your empty nest around one of your kids going to college or preparing for the start of primary school, here are some tips for keeping your home organized during chaos!

1. Prepare in advance

The weeks leading up to and immediately following the start of the school year are the perfect time for an annual run of purge and organization. Taking inventory of your items and your space puts you in the right mental space to organize yourself.

Eliminate clothes and items that people have outgrown. Pass on what you can to younger children or relatives. Donate items that are still in good condition.

Think ahead when shopping for clothes. Summer clothes in August and September will go on sale at the end of the season, so now is a good time to get ready for 2022.

Sort through garages, closets and your kitchen. While you might not think of this time of year as ideal for organizing, now is a great time to walk through those areas, purge what isn’t needed, and increase the space.

2. Establish a home command center

Every house has this area where you prepare to go out or empty your belongings when you return. The only difference is that sometimes these areas are more planned and organized than others! Instead of letting the most convenient shelf nearby get stuck with all the bags, select a convenient location as the command center / drop zone.

It should be easily accessible and have room for storage. The best “drop zones” are those that family members can access without giving it much thought.

This center should include space for paperwork, mail, keys, pens and pencils, and charging stations for devices. Choose appropriate containers for mail and receipts, and hooks for coats and bags. Label the areas for each family member. Make sure everyone gets into the habit of putting everything in the right place every day.

3. Organize a dormitory

The rooms in the university residence are not known for their space. However, you can apply microorganization tips from the Tiny House Movement to help turn a cramped dorm room into a house for the semester!

Use every inch of storage: Place your bed on risers for lower storage, or set up a loft bed to place the desk and additional living space below.

Accessorize with functional tools that can be versatile. Over-the-door organizers and storage ottomans are useful ways to utilize space. Use see-through storage boxes to store essentials that you might not use very often. Fold and organize your clothes so that they take up as little space as possible in your dresser.

Decorate for Comfort: Bright colors, wall decals, fabric throws or mirrors can make the space bigger and more comfortable!

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