Why Back-to-School-Season Is the Best Time to Get Your Life in Order

After a laid-back, lazy summer, back-to-school-season offers a chance to re-focus and get organized.

While most adults won't be shopping for laptops, backpacks and textbooks this time of year, back-to-school-season is actually a great time to refresh the home and re-evaluate your day-to-day routine. Think of it as a second chance at New Year's resolutions.

Let students' infectious excitement and eagerness for a fresh start inspire you to change up things too.

Here's what to do in August and September while students prepare for the first day of school.

Clean out the kitchen.

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Learn the best way to organize your refrigerator and freezer.

You'll be more motivated to pack a healthy lunch if the fridge and pantry are organized. Wipe down the refrigerator and freezer first before organizing them. Buy clear containers and baskets to hold pantry items, and, finally, organize it in 10 steps

Create a designated drop zone.

Spacious Foyer With Cushioned Bench

Spacious Foyer With Cushioned Bench

A wall was removed and the ceilings raised to provide a spacious foyer that makes for a dramatic first impression.

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Photo by: Rachel Whyte

Rachel Whyte

Whether it's in your entryway or the basement, a drop zone prevents clutter from piling up in the wrong areas (read: kitchen and bedroom.) Wall organizers, hooks, baskets, benches and small tables are great options for any space, no matter what size. Start the path to decluttering, here.

Proritize sleep.

Clean, Calm Bedroom Features Rustic, Earthy Touches

Clean, Calm Bedroom Features Rustic, Earthy Touches

Soothing, light colors and clean walls create a luxurious, retreat-like atmosphere in this bedroom. A woven area rug lends an earthy vibe, and a heavy wood bench adds a rustic touch.

Photo by: Sarah Deragon

Sarah Deragon

The key to a productive day is good quality shuteye. Improve your sleep by flipping the mattress; investing in high-quality, supportive pillows; upgrading bedding; and optimizing your bedroom for relaxation. You could also try feng shui to encourage deep sleep. Don't forget, decor can make a big impact too!

Make your workspace inspiring.

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Check out these design styles you can incorporate into your workspace.

A clutter-free desk improves productivity. Whether you work at home or in an office, take time to sort through piled up papers, organize important docs and hang inspiring art or magazine clippings. Family photos and travel trinkets add personality.

DIY It: Glam Home Office

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Dining Room No More

These days, having a room completely dedicated to entertaining is rarely practical. Space is tight, and customization is king. See how this former dining room became a stylish and practical home office, and find out how easy it is to convert your own dining space.

From Table to Desk

To copy the look, the most beneficial step is to swap out your barely-used dining table for a work-friendly desk. If you're planning to work from home often, a comfy desk chair is a must.

Easy Organization

A midcentury modern credenza adds style plus much-needed storage. Oversized plants are a great way to bring life into any space.

Cluttered Office, Cluttered Mind

Throughout the room, decor is minimal to keep clutter at bay. Every knickknack or piece of art should serve a purpose (even if that is just to make you happy). You want your workspace to feel organized and stress free.

No Nails Here

Instead of hanging artwork on the wall, favorite pieces are layered and leaned against the wall. Not only does this offer a unique twist on the expected route, but it is also a great solution for renters as it avoids causing any damage to the walls.

Wall of Storage

Another renter-friendly alternative is the free-standing peg board that offers great storage without having to be screwed into the wall. Learn how to make your own here.

A Place for Everything

A custom mix of shelves and pegs creates the perfect storage for your needs. And if your needs change, just change the pegboard with them!

Concealed Storage

A small white dresser serves perfectly as a way to store paperwork, office supplies and more. And don't throw those dining chairs out right away! You may want to salvage one or two for extra seating in your new glam office.

Go Away, Goo

To add a bit of interest to the room, a mix of bold, graphic prints are taped up with fun washi tape. That way, when it's time to take them down, you don't have to worry about any sticky residue.

Organize the closet to make morning outfit choices easier.

Custom Walk-In Closet

Custom Walk-In Closet

Jillian designed this custom walk-in closet so that everything from socks to shirts would have its space. The floor mirror gives the gentleman a place to check his wardrobe before he leaves.

From: Love It or List It, Too

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janis nicolay

Avoid rushed, last-minute wardrobe decisions by organizing your closet. Toss any clothing item that does not fit, still has tags or truly doesn't make you feel like a boss.

Create a soothing environment at home by decluttering and cleaning.

Welcoming Family Room is Comfortable and Stylish

Welcoming Family Room is Comfortable and Stylish

Designed to be a family room area where all the neighborhood kids will gather on movie night, this space needed to be durable and beautiful. The window seat with its easy-to-clean laminated fabric creates a cozy and sunny reading area and allows for additional movie viewing. The custom-made media cabinet hides all the kids toys, board games and AV equipment.

Photo by: Marisa Vitale

Marisa Vitale

Coming home to a messy, dirty house doesn't exactly set a peaceful tone for the rest of the evening. Keep stress levels to a minimum by making your home a truly relaxing space to unwind at the end of the day. Got little ones? Get the whole family involved with these organization ideas.

Fit in exercise.

Take Time

Take Time

Set your alarm to go off a few minutes before the kids get up to create a little “me” time. Meditate, read, or exercise - whatever clears your mind for the day ahead!

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Flynnside Out Productions

Going to the gym after or before work every day may not fit your lifestyle. BUT, that doesn't mean exercising should take a backseat. You can fit in a workout any time of the day with these sneaky tips.

Work Out in the Comfort of Your Own Home

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Turn an unused space into a zen home gym.

Working It Out

It's no secret that exercise is crucial, but consistently going to the gym isn't always realistic. And while most people don't think they have the space or money for a home gym, it may actually be within your reach. We'll show you how a few changes in your dining space can give you the home gym of your dreams.

Something Soft Underfoot

Once you clear out the dining table and chairs, the first step is to lay down a rubber tile floor. This is especially crucial if you have hardwood floors. It's inexpensive and easy to install, and trust us, your body will thank you.

A Case for Baskets

A wire basket provides a great place to store yoga mats, weights, exercise bands and more. And since you can always see what's in the basket, you'll always know exactly what's available to you.

Bring in Life

Hanging plants are welcome decor as they don't take up any floor space, and they also aid in purifying the air. Plus, let's face it. They're pretty, and this is a zen gym after all!

Mirror, Mirror

There's no reason to cover every wall with mirrors, but a couple of modular floor mirrors will help you see your progress and make sure you are executing every workout.

Borrowed From Ballerinas

Great for toning and firming your muscles, a ballet barre is easy to install and definitely budget friendly. Plus, it takes up very little space and is much more attractive than other bulkier equipment. Find out how you can install a DIY ballet barre here.

Choose Versatility

A clothing rack is an easy option for hanging workout clothes and even some equipment. Bonus? It doubles as a coat rack when guests come over!

Basic Bench

We also suggest a simple, attractive workout bench as a sleek (and much cheaper) alternative to space-hogging machines.

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