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Our Expert Guide to Getting Your Home Organized Before the School Year

August 10, 2023

As summer's carefree days wind down and the scent of fall lingers in the air, families in the Greater Ann Arbor, MI area find themselves preparing for a new chapter—the back-to-school season. At Norfolk Homes, we understand the whirlwind that comes with getting children ready for school, from buying new supplies to adjusting to early morning routines. Amidst the chaos, maintaining an organized home becomes paramount to ensure a smooth transition—and although it may seem like a daunting task, our team has you covered. Read below as we share some insightful tips on how to whip your living spaces into shape and set the stage for a successful school year

Take time to declutter

Before the first school bell rings, take the time to declutter your living spaces. A cluttered home can lead to unnecessary stress, especially when juggling work, school and extracurricular activities. Begin with a room-by-room assessment, identifying items that are no longer needed or serve a purpose. Encourage your children to participate by involving them in the process. Teach them the value of letting go of belongings they've outgrown, creating space for new experiences. Consider donating gently used items to local charities around the Ann Arbor area, or organizing a garage sale to give your unwanted belongings a new home. 

Smart storage solutions

Norfolk Homes understands the importance of effective storage solutions, which is why our wide array of floor plans include multiple spaces for storage and built-in organization. For additional storage, invest in furniture pieces that serve a dual purpose, such as ottomans or bookshelves that can also house bins for toys and school supplies. Optimize closet space with adjustable shelving and hanging systems to accommodate changing storage needs. Additionally, baskets and bins are your best friends when it comes to keeping smaller items organized—and they can certainly add a touch of style to your home's decor.

Create a command center

In the hustle and bustle of the school year, communication is key. Establish a command center in a high-traffic area of your Norfolk home, such as the kitchen or hallway. This designated space can serve as a central hub for important documents, calendars and reminders. Hang a chalkboard or whiteboard to jot down schedules, upcoming events and to-do lists. Include a slot for each family member to place their schoolwork, permission slips and other essential papers—as a well-organized command center helps everyone stay on top of their responsibilities and keeps the chaos at bay. 

Have a homework haven

Creating designated spaces for studying and homework can significantly boost your child's academic success. Consider converting your unused nook, den, finished basement or an extra bedroom into a well-equipped study area. Norfolk Homes is proud to include flexible, versatile spaces in all of our thoughtfully-designed floor plans to help you tailor your home to your lifestyle. By providing your children with a dedicated environment for learning, you'll have a safe space for concentration and focus.

Enjoy this school year in a new Norfolk Home

As a leading homebuilder in the Ann Arbor area, Norfolk Homes is committed to helping you find a new home that reflects your family's unique needs and lifestyle. Embracing these organizational tips will not only streamline your daily routine—but also maintain a comfortable, nurturing and encouraging environment in your home throughout the school year. From decluttering to smart storage solutions and homework spaces, every aspect of your Norfolk Home can be tailored to support your family's quest for an organized and fulfilling lifestyle. Let us help you find the perfect living space that paves the way for a successful academic year and beyond—be sure to browse through our new home communities and quick move-in homes throughout the Ann Arbor area, and for more information, give us a call at (734) 336-1912 or contact us online today.

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