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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How to Organize the Fridge
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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.

Cushioned Bench in Spacious Foyer

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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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.

White Bedroom With White Bedding and Neutral Area Rug

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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Workspace Design Styles
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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.

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Organize the closet to make morning outfit choices easier.

Walk-In Closet Custom Design

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.

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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.

Cottage White Living Room With Leather Sofa

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.

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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.

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!

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.

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