Back to School Basics, Hardware Style
Getting back to a “normal” routine after a lazy summer can be a challenge. There are assignments, sports practices, music lessons, and more things on the to-do list. And while a new planner (digital or paper) can help you keep things straight, you might be surprised to find that hardware can help you start the school year off on the right foot too!
- Create a place for each child to store their things. Install some hooks in your entryway or mudroom. Hooks make it easy for kids to hang up coats and backpacks, and having a designated spot for their things will help eliminate the before-school chaos.
- Back to school usually means a new outfit or two (or more!), so take some time to organize your closets and make room for any new clothes. If you need more space for hanging items, add a closet rod to your closets. Don’t forget to make a “donate” pile for clothes that don’t fit any more!
- Set up a dedicated study area for kids to do their homework. Having a designated place to study can help kids focus on their assignments, instead of being distracted by the TV, phone, or toys in their rooms. You can set up desks in a home office or extra bedroom, or you can simply make space at the dining room table. Add a small dresser or cabinet for supplies to the study area. (Check Craigslist for used furniture to save some cash!) It doesn’t need to be fancy, just make sure it’s stocked with whatever school supplies (pencils, paper, glue sticks, etc.) kids will need for various projects. Finally, consider updating the dresser with new paint and hardware to match your home’s hardware!
- Finally, what if your kids have gone to school for good? If you’re a new empty-nester whose kids have left for college, consider transforming a kid’s bedroom into a new space! Start with a fresh coat of paint and go from there. Add some shelves for a craft room, or new furniture for a guest bedroom. Don’t forget to replace any hardware, such as door locks and switch plates, that have seen better days.
With a little planning (and a few DIY-friendly updates), back-to-school will be no problem at all!