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Organizing your home for back-to-school

Everyone’s got their own back-to-school routine: buy school supplies, some new shoes, get the kids back on a normal sleep schedule and juggle scheduling with new sports, clubs and other after-school activities. With all that goes on during back-to-school, it’s all too easy to find yourself buried in a pile of clutter, making the daily morning ship-off just that more hectic. To keep things organized all year, follow these tips for keeping your home, kids and self in A+ shape:

Designate a “drop zone”: Ever since Hansel and Gretel, kids have been leaving trails (whether it be breadcrumbs or book bags, jackets and shoes) of their “stuff” wherever they go. By ensuring they put their things in one organized space as soon as they walk through the door, your home will be tidier and they’ll be able to find their school essentials much more easily.

In an area right where they walk in and out of the house (a mudroom or entryway are good places), attach hooks on the wall, one for each child (preferably at their own height) to hang their jackets and book bags. Another good idea is to designate a cubby or basket for each child. There, they can keep their shoes, hats, gloves or anything else that’s liable to get tossed anywhere else around the house.

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