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Organizing for the New Year

We’ve heard a lot of chatter in our community from busy, working parents on how overwhelmed they are by their cluttered homes after the holidays. We’ve been busy at work getting our client’s organized and thought we’d share a few tips for the three areas that seem to cause the most stress: the pantry, the kid’s rooms, and the playroom!

Let’s explore some practical tips and creative solutions to help you organize these spaces, and create a stress-free environment for your family.

The Pantry

An organized pantry is the key to efficient meal planning and stress-free cooking. Try these tips to keep your pantry in top shape:

  • Clear Containers

Transfer dry goods like pasta, rice, and cereals into clear containers. This not only keeps them fresh longer but also makes it easy to see when supplies are running low.

  • Categorize and Label

Arrange items by category and label shelves accordingly. This makes it simple to locate ingredients and helps family members maintain the organization when putting items away.

  • Check Expiry Dates

Regularly check and declutter your pantry by removing expired items. This ensures that you're only keeping fresh and usable ingredients on hand.

The Kid's Rooms

A well-organized bedroom fosters a sense of calm for both children and parents. Here are some ideas to make the most out of their space:

  • Functional Furniture

Choose multi-functional furniture, such as beds with built-in storage or desks that double as play tables. This maximizes space and reduces clutter.

  • Personalized Storage

Incorporate personalized storage solutions, like labeled bins or baskets, to help children keep their belongings organized. Teach them the importance of putting items back in their designated spots.

  • Create a Homework Station

If your child is of school age, designate a quiet corner for a homework station. Stock it with necessary supplies like pens, pencils, and notebooks to encourage a focused study environment.

The Playroom

The playroom is the heart of childhood creativity and imagination. However, it can quickly become chaotic without proper organization. Check out these suggestions to transform your kid’s play space:

  • Zone Your Space

Divide the playroom into different zones, such as a reading nook, art corner, and toy area. This makes it easier for kids to navigate and encourages them to engage in various activities.

  • Open Shelving

Invest in open shelving units to store toys and games. Clearly labeled bins or baskets help keep similar items together, making it easy for kids to find and put away their toys independently.

  • Rotate Toys

To prevent boredom and keep the playroom feeling fresh, consider rotating toys. Store some toys away and switch them out periodically to maintain excitement and interest.

It may seem daunting but don’t feel overwhelmed! Take it slowly and one step at a time. We find that it’s so much more efficient to tackle without the distraction of your family members - so if that means giving the kiddos a little extra screen time for a few days, give it a try! We hope this is helpful!

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