It’s that time again. Summer is beginning to wind down, you’re on the hunt for school supplies and the whole family is trying to squeeze as much summer out of the last few weeks of vacation as they possibly can.
Here are some simple home improvement ideas to help you get organized and to make back-to-school easier on everyone.
1. Bedroom, mudroom and study area closets and dressers should get cleaned out and organized. Anything that they’ve outgrown or no longer use can be boxed up and stored away or donated to free up closet space. This way, your kids can easily grab what they need in the morning without too much mayhem. Closet organizers, shelving and baskets help keep things neat and tidy.
2. Create a family message center in a high traffic area. This would be the spot where the kids can leave notes from teachers, where you can leave them simple reminders, or where you hang the family calendar. Memo boards, chalkboard paints or magnetic boards are simple and inexpensive.
3. If your child’s room or study area needs a little sprucing up, adding a fresh coat of paint and a few accessories can do the trick. A few colors to consider for a study space for young minds include: green for focus, concentration and harmony; muted shades or red, orange or yellow to energize and stimulate creativity (just be sure to use in moderation as it can be too stimulating for some people), and blue for calm and confidence.
4. Create a clutter-free study area which includes a desk or table along with a comfortable chair that works for your child’s height, and good task lighting. Ideally, the desk would have drawers or shelves to keep supplies in order but if it doesn’t, simple storage solutions to keep things off the desk will be needed. Think cups, caddies, and a small shelf.
Getting organized to head back to school doesn’t have to be stressful, just tackle each project or area one at a time. If you need help, call in a home improvement or home remodeling expert to give you a hand.
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