The craziness of back to school is right around the corner.. early starts to the day, packing lunches, making sure everyone gets to the bus on time and running around to all the different after school activities. Now is a good time to start establishing good home habits that may not be part of your current standard routine. These habits will make the transition back to school less overwhelming.
Keep your dining table clear. It’s easy to overwhelm a space and throw off healthy routines. Small efforts, like ensuring your dining table is a clutter-free zone, will guarantee a dedicated location for families to meet in the evenings to reconnect. We are seeing families add in a designated area in their kitchens as a“drop zone” as well as shared office spaces for the kids where clutter can go and stay off of the table. These are great additions to think about when remodeling a home to make your day-to-day run smoother, especially during the school year.
Make your bed every morning. A good habit to create, making your bed daily sets the stage for a tidy room and may also keep additional clutter from accumulating.
Have an incoming paperwork basket. Creating a system for bills, letters, magazines, school paperwork, etc., will help ensure you’re keeping track of all the items in your busy life.
Squeegee daily. It only takes a few minutes to give the walls, door, and floor of your shower a quick going over, but it can make a world of difference in lessening water spots, mineral deposits, and soap scum. While we recommend regular cleaning of your bathroom and shower, this small task can extend the time between those cleanings.
Do a nightly five-minute cleanup. Most people can carve out at least five minutes to do a brief tidying up before settling in for the night. While you won’t get to everything, five minutes each night can help keep clutter at bay, and you will feel good about your home when you get up the next morning.
Drop your shoes at the door. Wearing shoes throughout your home spreads dirt, debris, bacteria, and more. This is why we always stress the importance of having a mudroom or designated space to hide away shoes. Not only will your home look tidy, but you’ll also reduce the risk of pesticides and harmful bacteria being spread throughout the house. You’ll also be less likely to grind dirt and debris into the floor and damage the finish. It’s also a sign of respect in several cultures, so all in all, shoes at the door are a big win!
If a home office to drop your kids school work in, instead of your kitchen counter or a mudroom is an element you would like to add to your house give us a call! Total Home Solution can help make these ideas come to life.