Need a quick way to get ready for back in the routine? Today we’ve laid out three simple steps to getting organized for Back to School and a little inspiration from At Home Stores. With their new Back to Campus Collection, you can send off your student in style or get your “family control center” ready for a successful new school year. Thanks to At Home for partnering with us to getting our school year into high gear the right way!
The countdown to back to school is on.
Part of me feels like “already?”…the other part says, “let’s do it.”
“Let’s be prepared. Let’s get a design to get organized.” (Only words a mom can appreciate.)
I know we’ll be a hot mess by November, but remember, “work your plan, plan your work…”
We have a small area in our home that quadruples as a laundry room, gift wrapping/project room, mud room, pantry/appliance room…among other things. With a small room like that with so many purposes, you have to be smart with the space and how we treat it. Otherwise, it becomes a huge mess of everything and the “Land of where you can’t find anything.”
But with the help of At Home store’s new Back to Campus Collection, I was able to put to stock up on baskets, containers, and décor. These items, along with three tips, I was able to get it under control and get ready to roll for back to school!
3 Steps to Getting Organized for Back to School
- Cut the Clutter
- Create a Collection
- Keep it Cute
Cut the Clutter
Just start with two piles – to throw away or to keep. The “stuff” you don’t know what to do with goes in its own pile labeled trash or donation. But don’t think long, you don’t, you won’t, so sort quickly and rely on that intuition to get it done.
I purchased three of these large baskets from At Home and was able to immediately start putting things into their spot – to file, to throw away, to give away, and to put somewhere else!
Create the Collection
During the Cut the Clutter process, you’ll find out real quick what types of things you have in the space and how they can go together. For us, it was school stuff to keep, reading materials, things to file, and blog stuff. Then I was able to figure out how many plastic bin/containers I needed to put the like items away.
Baskets and containers make the world go ‘round when you’re organizing and At Home has aisles of them of every color, shape and size. Once you’ve decided what you want to put together, find a basket that fits it, and get to sorting.
Keep it Cute
Last of all, keep it cute. Why should being organized be sterile? With the At Home Back to Campus Collection, you have so many options of items that multitask as utility and décor. Just by adding a little pop of color against the color white or a contrasting shade can really make an impression. And of course, having a few words of encouragement or something that makes you happy each time you walk by does put a little bright spot in your day, especially when you’re going through calendars, to-dos, and checking homework.
With these three steps, you’re well on your way to a productive and effective space – no matter what size it is. For more tips, especially if you’re moving to a new dorm or apartment, then check out this Move-In Checklist.
Check out your At Home for Getting Back to School and your home store needs all year long!
What do you do to get ready for Back to School?