Ask Angi: Back to school home organization
(41NBC/WMGT) — If you have school-aged children, you know how hectic back-to-school can be. Bailey Carson, a home care expert at Angi, is here to give us her top tips for organizing your home before the school year.
“Start the school year off right by decluttering and organizing your kids’ most used spaces,” said Carson “Think about their rooms, their closets, desks and backpacks. You’ll want to get rid of the items you no longer need and then set aside a designated space for each item you are keeping, so that it’s easy to keep it tidy. If you need a little help, or aren’t sure where to start, you may want to call in a pro, who can help come up with a system that’s right for you and your kids.”
Reset your kitchen before the school year starts. If your kids bring their lunch, make sure their lunch boxes and ice packs are in good condition. Now is also a great time to go through your Tupperware and get rid of any containers that don’t have matching lids. You can also set up easy-to-access bins with your kids’ favorite snacks, so they can grab them when they’re running out the door.
“Before the school year starts, think about where homework will be done,” said Carson “You’ll want to set up a designated space to make it special. You could use an existing desk or table, or even call in a contractor to add a homework nook to your study or kitchen. You’ll want to make sure that there’s comfortable seating, ample lighting, outlets and a space to organize any supplies your kids may need.”
Set up a folder or bin and label it with your kid’s name and the school year. Throughout the year, you can place any documents, artwork and other keepsakes in the folder. Not only can this be fun to look through when your kids are older, but it can also help you stay organized by having a designated place for the school year’s documents.
“When you’re back-to-school shopping, it’s a great idea to pick up some extra supplies, like pens, markers and poster boards,” said Carson “Put these in a safe, concealed space, so you have them handy when a school emergency pops up. Kids always seem to forget to tell us about those last minute projects, and this will save you a trip to the convenience store at midnight.”
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