Back-to-school lists typically focus on school supplies and after-school activities, but busy parents know your house undergoes a transition each September, too. If your home is a frequent gathering place for playdates or study sessions, take a few hours this August to get your home ready for the new school year.
First Things First: Get Organized
- The experts at ParentMap have great ideas on “How to Get Your House Back-to-School Ready,” including adding shelving, adopting a chalkboard or bulletin board family schedule, and creating kid-friendly (and study-conducive) desk space.
- Blogger Melissa Maker of Clean My Space has organizational and utility tips for parents getting their house ready for the new school year, including money-saving inventory checks, cubbies for the mud room, and designated file systems for school permission slips and notes.
- From returning order to the kitchen to donating old sports equipment, these “Reclaim Your House After Kids Go Back to School” tips from decluttering expert Tracy McCubbin will make your home tidy and efficient during the school year.
Bigger Projects for Kid-Friendly Gathering Spaces
- If you regularly host playdates or study groups and are feeling squeezed, This Old House has “18 Ways to Turn Unused Space Into the Rooms You Need”—without changing your home’s footprint. Projects include creating a smart homework station, converting your attic to a kids’ bedroom suite, or updating your basement to a family room.
- Is your home kid-friendly? If you’re not sure, check out “10 Ways to Make Your Home Healthy and Safe” from Parents magazine.
- Every kid gets overwhelmed, especially during back-to-school time. The CBC shows you “How to Create a Calm-Down Space for Your Kids” to minimize disruption and foster safety. (After all, an anxious kid who has a dedicated space is less likely to wreak havoc across the house.)
Watch Tips from the Pros:
- Concerned about the durability of your furnishings during all those playdates? Wayfair’s “Kid-Friendly Fabrics for Your Home” video helps you choose indestructible materials for every room.
- If your living room is part gathering space, part kids’ playroom, IKEA’s living room makeover for a family of five offers inspiration on how to repurpose a room so it’s truly multifunctional.
- Watch how Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” took a spare closet in a garage and transformed it into a playroom.
Whether you’re looking to create more playdate spaces or just need better organization, taking time this back-to-school season for some kid-friendly projects can make your home more functional and orderly. Get input from your kids, check your budget, and get going!