5 Ways to get ready for September
September is undeniably one of the busiest times of the year. The kids are back in school, extra-curricular activities are back in full swing, and everyone is getting back to business. If you find yourself dreading the fall rush, here are 5 ways to get yourself ready for September right now.
1. Organize Your Kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home and having an organized kitchen not only makes things easier for you, but for your family as well. Here are a few things you can do Purge any expired items from the pantry, cupboard and fridge. Sort your plastic containers and be realistic about how many you’ll actually need. Place a large calendar on the wall or fridge so everyone can see it and note everyone’s activities. Set up a ‘mail station’ with filing and recycling so you can take care of incoming mail immediately.
2. Organize your Closets. Figuring out what to wear in the morning can be a huge time waster. Go through each closet in the house and purge everything that’s worn out, you don’t like or doesn’t fit. Put the remaining items back in the closet with the hangers facing inwards. Then, as you wear certain items, place them back in the closet with the hangers facing out. At the end of six months, consider discarding anything that you haven’t worn.
3. Get your Paperwork under control. For many households, managing paperwork can be a frustrating and seemingly never-ending task. If you don’t already have one, set up a simple filing system that allows you to not only file paperwork quickly, but also allows you to retrieve items as they’re needed. For most families, a two drawer filing cabinet with an alphabetized sorting system works perfectly.
4. Get ready to store all that amazing artwork! Throughout the year, your kids will inevitably bring home artwork that you, or they, may want to keep. Before the school year starts, purchase an item that will help you contain and organize items from each of the kids. Two great options are www.schoolfolio.com, which is large enough to hold those big projects and can separate different months or different years of artwork, and www.dynamicframes.com, which displays and stores your children’s artwork.
5. Create Vision Boards. This is not only a great way to use up old magazine and flyers lying around the house but it will also help put everyone in the right mindset for the upcoming school year. Sort through the magazines and have the kids pick images that make them feel positive, happy and
No matter what, September will bring a new kinds of chaos, but, if you set the stage right, it will be a chaos that you can easily manage and contain.