How to Organize A Stylish Home for Back to School
Start with the BasicsWhat’s the first rule of kindergarten? Learning about colors and shapes. Why not incorporate them into your interior summer décor? For colors, a little splash of paint can go a long way. Think primary and secondary colors and remember that during the summer months, “too bright” doesn’t exist. This will carry well into winter when you need something to brighten the short cold days, so no need to worry about changing it up right away. Along with brighter colors, consider adding a shape theme to a section of your home—like the mudroom. A recurring square pattern – demonstrated through furniture, wall hangings and other pieces – will up the intelligence factor of any room, bringing the back to school vibe straight from the classroom.
How to Organize Your Mudroom for Back to SchoolIf there’s one area we need a little more organization before school starts, it’s the mudroom (or an entryway closet or hallway if you don't have a mudroom). The kids’ school bags, shoes, our mail, keys, sporting equipment, and even clothes all end up in our mudroom somehow (especially since we don’t have a garage). Here are a few tips to help you get yours more organized:
- Have a place for everything. Growing up my mother always had a rule: There’s a place for everything so put it where it belongs. Use hooks for keys, purses and backpacks. Have hangers for coats and even a special section or place to put dirty clothes that are for outside use only. If you set up your mudroom with this mantra, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to keep it organized.
- Lots and lots of shelving. If you don’t want to buy mudroom shelving, then make them. (Warning, that projects takes some heavy duty work and you’ll need equipment like a sander, saw, drill bit and a Kreg Jib.) You can use decorative boxes on an easy to install shelf to store the items you don’t need on a daily basis.
- Calendar or reminder board. With multiple kids who have a lot of activities, life can get hectic. Make it easy for yourself by putting up a cork board, chalkboard, or calendar area in your mudroom to help you organize your day-to-day activities. You can use one master calendar and color code for each child or have a separate chalkboard for each child so you know what their to-do lists are. You can put reminders, homework assignments, encouraging notes or even their chore lists on the chalkboards for when they get home.
Incorporate A Small Desk for Back to SchoolA desk doesn’t have to be a bulky piece of furniture that serves as a center piece to a room that cannot be used as anything other than an office. Desks can be incorporated into any living space in a home. Matter of fact, I even use a desk for storage in my kitchen. To enhance the summer feel, think white or otherwise light colors. Adding baskets is an excellent way to hide office materials while increasing the “at-home” vibe of the room. Just like in the image below, adding a few flowers or a small plant enhances the comfort level of the desk while allowing for practicality and room for a laptop or other electronic device. Minimalist designs create true functionality with a touch summer style. Back to school doesn’t have to mean the end of summer and the start of depression. It also doesn’t have to end your focus on creating a fun, vibrant feeling inside of your home. The two can be blended in a way that leads to both functional living and just plain fun.
Please leave a comment below to let us know if you have any additional tips or ideas on how to get organized for the new school year.
Pictured Above: Elementary & Primary Back to School Supplies Bundle Box K-8 Grade // Modular Mudroom Center Unit With Bench // Sauder Harbor View Computer Desk, Antiqued White Finish
About the Author: Ali Lawrence blogs over at Homey Improvements about DIY projects, home advice and healthy living. Connect with her on Twitter @DIYfolks or on Google+.
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