Summer is over and the kids are back to school. You are now officially out of excuses to NOT get Organized!!!
As a Professional Organizer, I feel Fall is the best time of year to open those windows and throw everything out of them! Realistically, you won’t throw everything out, but you can streamline key areas and ensure the utmost organization and functionality for the busy months ahead. Here are 4 spaces to organize this Fall:
- Homework Area: Homework is stressful. Help alleviate that pressure for yourself and your kids by creating an organized space to focus and complete tasks. Create a “homework area” in a location that works for your family in your home. It can be the dining room/kitchen table, the office or even a card table. Whatever the space, ensure it is clean, clear and organized. Labeled file bins hung on the wall are a perfect space saver for incoming/outgoing work. Make sure there is an organized full supply of paper, markers, scissors, tape and everything needed to complete a project. The key to the success of the Homework Area is cleaning it up every time after use so it is ready for the next occupant.
- Mudroom: Pack away all Summer items and use bins for current seasonal needs like hats/gloves, sports equipment etc. Hang hooks for backpacks and sport bags. Ensure each family member has a clearly labeled space for his/her items. No room for sharing here! Real Estate is of the utmost importance!
- Guest Room: Now is the time to clear out this room you have been tossing random items into all Summer. Like it or not, the holidays are approaching, and so will guests from near and far. When on “vacation” your guests deserve a restful organized space to relax. Everything you threw in here, came from somewhere. Send it back! Also, ensure the closet is neatly organized with bins and a few empty hangers.
- Pantry: Do a quick run through of your pantry and ensure all items are current. If your door permits, hang an “over the door” organizer with baskets to hold extra condiments, sauces and packets that tend to get lost in the back. Create a “school snack area” for your kids so they can easily find what they need when packing their lunches. For utmost pantry organization, group your foods into categories i.e. baking, breakfast, pasta/rice, etc. This makes cooking a snap and when you can see what you have you do not overbuy . Hang a wipe board in or near your pantry so everyone can record empty items make a realistic shopping list.
Tackling these areas now is a great way to kick off the season organized. You will have a gratifying sense of accomplishment and this exercise will get you warmed up for organizing those BIGGER areas in need of attention.