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.
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.
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.
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.
Organize the closet to make morning outfit choices easier.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.