As a Home Stylist I see and help create a lot of beautiful spaces, but in my opinion a well organized house is more attractive and impressive than a newly decorated living room. It often takes imagination and dedication but there is no doubt that there is something comforting and relaxing for the whole family about a home that has a place for everything.
With back to school starting up as soon as this week for some students, now is a perfect time for setting aside a few hours to get your household back under control.
It’s the heart of a home and a good place to start. Clean out, arrange and take stock of your cupboard and pantry. With many items in my own pantry in clear glass containers, kids snacks and juice boxes dumped in large bins and canned goods on step-like shelves it makes meal prep and school lunches a cinch.
Grab a large box and a trash bag and begin purging and sorting your child’s bedroom. It’s always shocking to me how many trinkets they accumulate; broken toys from birthday grab bags, half finished craft projects, candy wrappers and games they no longer play with. Go through their clothing and donate what doesn’t fit making sure undergarments and socks are in good condition also. Doing this now means when you are ready to buy fall and winter clothing, you will do so based on what you know is needed and can use these next few weeks browsing for sales.
The entrance and/or mud room is a another critical area. It’s where everyone is moments before rushing out the door. Make sure you have hooks for coats, keys and backpacks. If you have limited space and can’t house a piece of furniture to hold gloves, umbrellas and hats, consider mounting a basket for each family member on the wall. Finally making sure your closet only holds seasonal coats and footwear will make getting out the door that much quicker.
Doing homework at the kitchen table might be fine for some children but usually when they get older they need a more private space to study. Store bought desks and chairs can be bulky but if you think you have no space in your home or your child’s room think again -or rather think outside the box. The console table you have pressed up behind the couch can become a great workspace. And unused closet with the door removed and a little DIY to create a work surface and shelves can become a cute study nook. A long narrow table with a stool that tucks away underneath and a peg board from the hardware store hung on the wall above it can become a practical and unique homework and storage area.
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The Hudson St. Lazare Gazette – Julie Cadieux -August 31st, 2011
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