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The end of July and beginning of August means one thing for families: it is time to start thinking about back to school! You want your kids to take on elementary, middle, or high school like a pro. This means more than just purchasing new folders and shoes. It’s time to get organized! While summer fun probably meant a lot of free time and bathing suits, back to school means it’s the season for getting focused, organized, and tidy.

Whether you’re looking to keep papers in their place, help your kids better stay on top of their homework, or get everyone out the door faster, these ideas will ensure smoother mornings, easier meals, and less stress for you:

#1 Set aside a homework station. If you work from home full time, you probably don’t just sit on your bed or at the kitchen table to do your job. You have a home office. Your child or teen’s homework is their “work-from-home job.” Give them a desk and organize the necessary tools and supplies in bins or baskets. Color code them and label every bin. Be sure the space is well lit!

#2 Add hooks and bins to your exit space. Keep everything you need to get out the door actually by the door. It just makes sense! This way, you can avoid running around the house when it’s time to go. Hang coats and backpacks on hooks and keep shoes and clean socks below in bins or cubbies.

#3 Plan dinners in advance. Busy families can save major time and money by preparing their dinners on Sundays instead of resorting to takeout or frantically searching through the pantry when everyone is finally home. If your pantry is well organized, you can easily make a few nights of meals in advance in no time at all, then put them in tupperware in your fridge or freezer. Your future self will thank you!

#4 Start a supply stash. Every parent has had this happen at least once…it’s 9 p.m. and you find out for the first time that your son’s project is due at 8 a.m but you don’t have a posterboard. You can prevent future late-night freak-outs by stocking a bin or cabinet with markers, index cards, glue, and so on. You can also save money by buying these products in bulk ahead of time.

#5 Go through their last year’s clothes. Before you stuff even more clothes and shoes into an already-full closet for the new year, go through and pull out anything that doesn’t fit or doesn’t look nice enough to start the school year with. Depending on the shape of the clothing in question, you can either donate it or toss it.

Does this look like a tough list to tackle? You don’t need to handle it alone! Greenville and the surrounding areas of South Carolina can rely on the professional organization experts at Closets Plus. We’re here to help! You may need your kid’s room closet to be redone. Perhaps your kitchen pantry is the problem, and you’d like help making packing lunches or after school snacks easier. You may even want help getting the garage in better shape to store sports equipment. We can do it all! Contact us at (864) 297-9797 for a free estimate and to get started getting a better organized life this Fall.

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