As summer winds down and lazy days at the pool are replaced with orientations and back to school shopping, things around the home can get a little hectic. And while it’s fair to say that your kids may not be overly ecstatic about those early morning carpools or their new homework assignments, you can get them excited about a new school year by giving your home a “back to school makeover.” For the kiddos, this means new homework stations, study snacks and school supplies. For you, this means an organized and school-friendly environment to help you gear up for the busy year ahead.
So it’s time to get back to the basics. We’ve put together a back to school guide with five tips to getting your home back-to-school-ready.
1. Create a Backpack Station for Your Kids
Ever find that your kids tend to throw their backpacks around the house—like in the front entry way or on the kitchen table with a trail of erasers and pencils sprinkled chaotically around the floor? Well this adorable DIY chalkboard backpack station might just solve your problem. It’s the perfect way to keep your children’s backpacks organized with all of their homework assignments and papers in one spot. Place in your home entryway or hang on the wall near your garage door, depending on where your kids come in and out through. In a time crunch? Pick up some wall-mounted hooks at your local hardware store and hang a dry erase calendar for each of your kid’s so that you can keep up to date with their school projects, events and more. Office Depot and Walmart have lots of fun dry erase calendar boards to choose from.
2. Have Study Snacks Ready to Go
The best part of coming home after a long day from school is the snacks. So make sure you’re kids aren’t welcomed home to an empty fridge by preparing a few healthy power-snacks ahead of time like these frozen yogurt covered blueberries, this peanut butter honey yogurt dip to pair with apples or these frozen banana bites. In a jam for breakfast? Make these freezer-friendly breakfast sandwiches ahead of time for breakfast-on-the-go. Bonus tip: Use plastic bins to organize pre-made snacks for grab n’ go convenience.
3. Create a Homework Zone
Start the new school year on the right foot by creating a fun and organized homework zone to keep your little ones motivated. Let them pick out their favorite storage bins and school supplies like pens, pencils and binders and help decorate their new school station in their room or in a quiet space around your home. Walmart, Target, Staples and Office Depot are all offering great deals on school supplies to help you save on your back to school shopping. Click here for coupons and store savings.
4. Make Homework Files
Don’t forget to get organized yourself. Creating a file system for homework is a great way for you to stay organized and on top of your children’s upcoming assignments. Pick up this mesh letter desk tray from Target or this mounted wall organizer from Office Depot to get started.
5. Clean and Organize Your Home
If finding wet bathing suits, dirty soccer cleats and pool inflatables lying around the home is the norm for your summer household, it might be time to do a little back-to-school cleaning of your own. Start by getting rid of some your unneeded or unused items around the house. Once you’ve de-cluttered your household, store those belongings that you’re not quite ready to part with by adding some new garage storage space. Invest in some shelves like this mounted rack from Home Depot or these storage bins to help organize your kid’s sports gear or your pool supplies.
Looking for some more study-friendly home decor ideas? Check out our “Kid-Cool Work Stations” board on Pinterest. These A+ designs are sure to inspire!