Have you been bitten by the back to school clutter bug? I know we have! The thing I seem to forget every year is that it is not just the kids' room that suffers. It's more like an explosion of papers, shoes, bags and lunchboxes all over the house for the first month that the kids are back in school. Here are some great new products to help minimize the damage throughout the home:
Dining Room: For us, homework, arts and crafts take place in the dining room. This 12 Drawer Rolling Cart has see-thru drawers of differing sizes, perfect for supplies and all of the paperwork that comes home. It is a great size for the early-grade crowd, but can work with them throughout their full 13 years of schooling and beyond.
Bathroom: The bathroom can be a sore subject in the homes of even the most organized families. This Ladder Shelf is designed specifically for the bathroom with three shelves (one for each kid?) and an extra towel rack at the top. No installation required and available in crisp white or dramatic espresso finishes to enhance your bathroom decor.
Living Room: Although this is one area of the home that magically stays cleaner during the day when the kids go back to school, all bets are off when they come home. The Willow 5 Drawer Storage Chest offers a large amount of storage in a small footprint and doesn't look too "kid-ish".
Entryway and Closet: Known as the "Hang Its", I like to call this the "everything hook rack"! 14 knobs come together on this coat rack at varying heights to hold everything from backpacks to jackets, coats, scarves and more! Kids colors make it the obvious choice for little ones, but it also is available in walnut for more sophisticated tastes.
Kids Room: In the bedroom, cubbies still simply can't be beat as the best form of storage for kids. This RiverRidge 6 Bin Storage Cabinet in Espresso has soft baskets that can be folded when not in use. The colorful display attracts the eyes of even the littlest students, enticing them to put their gear, toys or clothing away.
September is a great month to assess what your family needs to remain organized for the remainder of the school year!