There's still a lot of uncertainty around school, work, and schedules but that doesn't mean you can't get organized. No matter whether your kids are in school or learning remotely, you can create a space for them and you to be the most productive. Honestly, this post is kind of late to the game because we just weren't sure WHAT was going on!
The A Fresh Space team is ready to help you create order in your home during this time. Back to school time includes everything from getting your kids rooms and learning spaces ready, to your office, and kitchen and pantry to fill those lunch boxes (or eating at home!).
Helpful Hints to Get Ready for School Year
Create a functional workspace for yourself and your kids by collecting supplies and setting up a clean work surface
Get your calendar back (or finally) in order whether it’s electronic or good old fashioned paper by starting to collect all those schedules from school, sports and activities and inputting them to your calendar
Choose an "unloading zone" in your house for all that stuff that comes in from school, activities, and mail - though this may look a bit different these days with no one leaving the house
Set up a lunch box and snack zone in your pantry and refrigerator, where kids can help with packing or preparing lunches *consider a separate snack area if you are doing remote learning for quick grab & go
Set up a hanging file system to collect completed work, things to save, documentation needed *consider color coding hanging files by child
For remote learners, make sure chargers are available and accessible, and check the background behind each for when they are on video to make sure it is presentable to the public!
If you have moved AND are trying to do remote learning + work + life, our unpacking team has some tips:
break down each box as you empty it and queue up a space in the garage for these
post your empty boxes on Facebook Marketplace or Next Door for people to pick them up saving you from the work or paying someone to get them
lay out all items in each space to really see what you've got before you start putting things away
edit out anything that you don't want or won't use *don't just put it away!
create zones with everything needed for that category - some zones we like to create include a smoothie zone, coffee zone, or kids lunchbox zones
use organizing materials like clear pantry bins or rattan baskets or bamboo drawer organizers to really create defined categories and keep things corralled
label ALL. THE. THINGS.
Need some help? Our amazing team of organized can make quick work of the boxes and set you up in style quickly and efficiently. We focus on function with a designer flair. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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Back to School is an awesome time to revamp your playroom!
In this recent feature in Franklin Lifestyle, we talk about taking this play room from piles to smiles with these Crate and Kids stacking cubbies (white plastic bins from Container Store), great zones for all the activities, a project table and lots of labels!