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Back to school already?! Although it may seem like August has only just begun, the truth is that September (and back to class for the kiddos) is coming up quickly. While it’s important to make the most of our way-too-short Canadian summer, it’s also important to look ahead and prepare to make the back to school transition smooth and stress free, especially as we come out of this pandemic. 

Beyond the necessities such as stocking up on pencils, notebooks and binders, there are also things you can do at home to ensure that you and your entire family will be ready and organized for the new school year ahead. Here are a few ideas that you can implement now: 

Clean out those closets

Before you make a list of back to school items your kids need, be sure to get everyone involved and clean out those closets and take stock. Sort clothes and other back to school items like backpacks and lunchboxes into ‘keep’, ‘donate’ and ‘trash’ piles. Clothing and shoes that still fit will naturally go in the keep pile. Items that are too small and no longer fit can be donated to a friend, relative or charitable second-hand store. Finally, clothing that is worn out or has stains or holes can be thrown out (or cleverly repurposed if possible). 

Put summer gear in storage 

Summer gear should also be scrutinized in order to get ready for back to class. Decide what can be put away in storage and what will still be used. Remember, we still likely have some really nice weather ahead that you don’t want to miss, so don’t pack everything away just yet. In fact, it may be a good idea to simply designate and clean out a spot for your summer gear and wait until mid-September or later to store things like swimsuits, sandals, beach balls, pool noodles and baseball gear. 

Create an organization station 

School day mornings can be hectic! Creating an organization station can help quell some of the chaos and keep everyone on track and on time. A mudroom or spot by the front door for coats, backpacks, indoor and outdoor shoes and any other gear can help keep everything in one place and easily found. It’s also a good idea to include a chalkboard and calendar to record notes, reminders and important dates. A place for all those school agendas and the multitude of paperwork should also be carefully planned. Finally, those lunch bags can become a bit of a disaster if not cleaned out daily. You may want to implement a lunch bag system in your home which involves the kids cleaning out and re-packing their snacks and lunches the night before.  

Designate a homework zone 

Having a place to study, learn and complete homework assignments is an absolute must. Although it doesn’t have to be a large space, it is important to designate a homework zone so the kids can stay focused and motivated. If possible, create your family’s homework zone in a quiet place away from obvious distractions like TVs and video games. It’s a good idea to also keep a drawer or basket stocked with any supplies they may need like paper, pens and a calculator. 

Getting your home ready for a new school year doesn’t have to be tough, especially if you start early and spend a bit of time getting organized. Likewise, getting your house ready to sell or getting ready to buy a new home doesn’t need to be tricky either! At Clairwood Real Estate, we’re on your team and are dedicated to helping you buy or sell your home for the perfect price. Connect with our amazing, top-of-the class REALTORS® today at (705) 445-7085.