September—the month when we transition from lazy summer to crazy fall. It’s the time when kids are back at school, and suddenly your home is full of backpacks, sports equipment, musical instruments and other things that signify the new season. And while you’re trying to keep your kids organized, your own schedule is filling up.
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, here are some ways to make your home more organized, efficient and fun.
ADD A MUDROOM
A utility/mudroom is an ideal place for kids to enter the house, take off muddy shoes, and deposit their school stuff. Ideally located at a place you enter the house first, it can include the following:
• A bench to sit on and pull off boots
• Hooks to hang raincoats and other gear
• A utility closet for mops, vacuums, and cleaning supplies
• Open shelves to stock linens and frequently used items
• Cubby holes so every family member has their own space
• A washer and dryer so muddy clothes can go right into the laundry
With all of these conveniences, it’s easy to see why many families say their mudroom has become their favorite space in the house.
FAMILY ROOM: PERFECT PLACE FOR A DESK AREA
A central area like the family room is a great location for a spacious desk area. Counters can provide room for several computers, and you can add built-in dividers for files and paperwork, drawers for digital devices, and shelves for books and photos. A panel can include a chalk board calendar to keep the family organized. It’s a good place to catch up with the kids while they do their homework, and a great place for you to work when you’re by yourself.
TURN YOUR BASEMENT INTO A CREATIVE SPACE, “MAN/WOMAN CAVE,” OR “KID CAVE”
For family members who need a quiet place space to practice music, work on their hobby, or spend quiet time alone, a finished basement is an excellent solution. You can give the space a bright feel with the right wall material and customize different areas for each person’s needs. You can listen to music or watch sports, while enjoying a beverage from your built-in bar/refrigerator. And during family gatherings, kids will love making as much noise as they want, while adults enjoy quiet conversation upstairs.
It’s fall now, but the holidays will be here before you know it. So why not work with a professional indoor design and remodeler to make your home more organized and attractive for the fun ahead?