Conquer School Clutter

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By Vickie Williamson
Custom Framer and Interior Designer

It’s that time again. School is back and so is all the chaos associated with a new school year. As a mother of three children, I know the stresses of the return of school supplies and Backpack With School Suppliesbus routes. The change in schedule, overflowing backpacks and piles of paperwork can easily take over our lives if we’re not careful. I’ll share with you some of the methods that I’ve used in the past to make some sense of the chaos. Organization is key!

  •  Storage space for the backpacks is a must-have. Install shelves and hooks near the back door or create hiding space in a closet if you can.
  •  Those sneakers can be kept in a basket or on a shoe rack near the door. This alleviates them being found all over the house and looks neater when guests arrive.
  •  A three-tier storage rack with baskets assigned to each child has been a lifesaver for me. These can be used for the inevitable mounds of paperwork and smaller supplies like pencils and glue sticks.
  •  Separate manila envelopes for each child keep school paperwork like class rosters, codes of ethics and emergency contacts easy to find.
  •  Books and homework need a designated place when not being used. An attractive basket on the kitchen counter usually works just fine for quick access to lunch menus and bus schedules.
  •  A desk area set aside for homework and the computer keeps all school-related tasks and tools in one location. The kitchen, where parents can keep an eye on progress, is again a great spot for this sort of thing.

The new school year is a busy time for the entire family. When the commotion gets to be too much, just keep thinking how nice and quiet the house will be for a few hours each day.

Prince William resident Vickie Williamson owns Fine Design Custom Framing & Interiors in Woodbridge. She has worked in the fine art, framing and decorating industry for more than 25 years and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

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