As we finish off the last couple of weeks of August, it’s time for all parents of school-age kids to get their “school mode” caps on so the start of the school year begins smoothly and without aggravation and arguments. Having four kids has taught me a thing or two about this process.
If you don’t have one already, I highly recommend having a command center. A designated place where you and your kids will put their school things, such as back packs. I recommend having a place for important papers that need to be reviewed for upcoming school and sporting events. You don’t have to give up style or décor, and I wanted to offer some ideas. I have put together an idea board on Pinterest to inspire you, click here to view.
Let’s get going! First, decide what needs to be in the space and what tasks you want to be able to do in that space. Second, decide where you have space to develop your command center. Third, draw out your plan labelling each item and where it should go. The drawing should include measurements of the allotted space and the included items.
Now for the fun part! Create your shopping list! You do not have to use plastic bins to corral the belongings. Consider using any decorative stacking bin and add wheels! Be sure it is sturdy, such as a wood box that you have decorated or a lovely wire basket for a shabby-chic feel. Wayfair offers many excellent options, click here to view. To help you with adding caster wheels to your box or bin, click here for step-by-step instructions from eHow. I found a fabulous idea for adding wheels to wire baskets by using zip ties, for instructions click here. A decorated storage ottoman is another very good idea as it can double as a seat when your kids are getting on their shoes.
Plan the Hooks
I find that the hooks are too close together on pre-made hook bars that you can purchase. I would recommend creating your own, or use one of the many inspirational ideas on my Pinterest board for hanging heavy items such as backpacks or sports packs. These hooks will need to be rugged and capable of holding weight since kids will be pulling things off of them. For help on the best way to hang your hooks, click here for some help.
Where do the Papers Go
I came across some fabulous product ideas for paper placement. You can have a place for each child’s papers or have a centralized place for all outgoing and incoming papers. Whatever you think will have the most success is your best option. Remember, a system works only when people follow it! If you have limited space, the idea of wall pockets is a great idea! Ballard Designs offers a wood design that is attractive, click here to view. Or if you are looking for an inexpensive option, click here to see a magazine rack from IKEA that is inexpensive. Also, look for decorative or unusual options at stores such as Home Goods and Target.
Setting up a system and explaining the expectations before school starts will ensure a smooth and happy first day of school!
If you need help with redesigning an area or picking how your command center should work, call Debbie 610.955.8202 for an appointment!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and Google+.