Summer is over and now it’s time to reclaim your home! Summer and organization just don’t go together (at least not at my house!), and so the end of Summer is the perfect time to declutter and get those kids and your house ready for the beginning of school. Here are a few of my favorite back to school decluttering ideas….
Declutter Your Kitchen
A part of the home that’s used most during the school year is the kitchen. It’s where everyone goes for an energizing snack. Similarly, it acts as the perfect gathering space, and maybe even the chosen homework spot.
Start the year out by revamping the most popular areas such as the pantry and Tupperware drawers/cabinets (ultimately making things easy for lunch-making). For instance, I like to make sure and refill each space with new snacks, various sizes of Tupperware, and deliciously healthy drinks.
Get creative with your organization. A miniature fridge is a great idea for decluttering. A mini-fridge is the perfect spot for “grab-n-go” snacks and drinks for your kids. Simply find a place in your kitchen where you can easily snuggle in a fridge like a miniature SMEG (pictured below)! Revamping such popular spots will keep a hectic school year both clean and continually organized.
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Create Designated Study Spaces
Individual spaces are where creativity strikes and focus flourishes. In other words, with some intense decluttering of things you don’t need anymore, these spaces become individually inspiring. By making sure each space has its own purpose, certain tasks like homework are done separately and successfully. Start with a designated study area. Setting the tone with vibrant colors, and a naturally bright space is the best way to create a productive, energizing atmosphere.
Organize Your Entryway
Moving onto your next space, the foyer is also a very populated place during the school year, so much so that it gets cluttered quickly. Make your organizational efforts sustainable by adding more hooks, cubbies, and a place for storing away shoes—it’s the little things that make a big difference!
Start small by organizing bookshelves and work incrementally towards forming designated, de-cluttered spaces!
Purge Your Paperwork
There’s nothing better than refreshing your home before the school year. Take some time to look through old school projects, piles of clothing, as well as drawers and cabinets. Think of this as your second wave of spring cleaning and purge these spaces of things that are no longer needed. Create a filing system for past school projects, declutter files and make room for new ones.
Dig Into Bedrooms
Rid closets of old clothes and strategically hang the newest clothing from bottom to top. When it comes to cleaning out drawers and cabinets, we recommend going a little rogue. Over-cleanse these storage spaces, as they’re going to quickly be fill up again! Get rid of old/unused hair accessories and products, re-fold towels to create more space and add new shelf liner.
Back to School, Back to Decluttering
Gearing up for a new school year means a lot of preparation and nitty-gritty organization.
Above all, by focusing on innovative storage, designated spaces, and evergreen organization, you’re sure to put all of these worries behind and focus only on the school year once it comes. Stick to your style in your decluttering efforts and let us know about any other back to school decluttering dilemmas you need help with!
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