2 Areas to organize before the kids head back to school.
With back to school time soon approaching it’s time to start preparing. Things start to get really busy between homework and afterschool sports and activities. There are a few things you can organize now to make things run a little smoother.
The first area of your home to attack – kids’ clothes.
Prior to the school year starting we always get the kids a few new pieces of clothing. It is nice to start the new school year with a couple new outfits. Usually by this time it isn’t just a want but a need as several pieces are worn out or out grown.
This is the perfect time to go through their clothes to organize and purge. This step can actually save you money.
I have made this mistake more than once – shopping without seeing exactly what they have that still fits and still looks good. I have come home with new t-shirts only to realize that they have several that they can still wear but it’s hoodies they have outgrown.
Take the time to go through every piece of clothing they currently own.
STEPS TO ORGANZING KIDS’ CLOTHES
- Start with one drawer at a time then the closet. Remove everything.
- One piece at a time check for stains then check that it still fits. You may be able to judge but it is best if your child can try it on (my kids hate this part).
- If it is still in good shape and fits, fold it and set it aside. Start piling like items (t-shirts in one pile, pants in another, etc.)
- If it is stained make into rags if possible, if not toss it.
- If it’s in good shape but doesn’t fit, put it in a pile to either take to a consignment store, thrift store or donate it to a friend.
- Once it has all been sorted and piled take note what they have and what they need. Put the nicely folded clothes back in the drawers and closet.
You now won’t be buying things they don’t need and they will be starting off the school year with nicely organized drawers and closet. Now if we can just get them to maintain that throughout the year…..
Second area of your home to attack – food storage container cupboard/drawer.
With that big but necessary job done now it’s time tackle the food storage container cupboard. I hate making school lunches as it is, never mind adding the frustration of trying to find a lid to fit the container I just filled with food.
Organizing the food storage cupboard or drawer now will save you some frustration come lunch making time.
STEPS TO ORGANIZING YOUR FOOD STORAGE CUPBOARD/DRAWER
- Start by making a mess as you pull everything out. Take this opportunity to wipe out your cupboard or drawer.
- Begin matching lids to containers.
- If you have a container but no lid get rid of it. Just be sure the lid isn’t in the dishwasher. Check before tossing it in the garbage, it is likely recyclable.
- Same with any lids that don’t fit a container.
- Once you have lids for all containers start putting everything back.
- I don’t have the room to stack the containers with the lids left on. I stack the containers and put all the lids standing on their sides in a large plastic container.
Buying just one brand of containers helps eliminate trying 3 different lids before finding a match.
While neither job would find themselves in the “fun” category you will be glad you did it before the busy school year starts. Any moment of frustration saved is a good thing.
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