Mudroom or Front Hall
This part of your home is crucial to ensure smooth ‘traffic circulation’ and should be organized and school-ready from day 1! Be sure to place hooks at a height that is accessible to small children so they can hang coats and foodies (as opposed to let gravity do what it does best... attract them to the floor!). Labelling each child’s hooks gives them a sense of ownership, and kids love to see their name or initials. Other essentials; a good mat for wet footwear, a mirror, and a place for school bags. Here's a good exemple of open hooks & shelf with organized essentials for a busy Mom.
In my experience the best mats are simple plastic mats which are lined with rocks; they help dry the soles of shoes by draining water away. Have fun making your own. Get kids involved and create unique rock arrangements on your mats.
A shelf or table comes in handy for sunglasses, keys and cell phones. Add good lighting! An organized space makes a rushed exit a lot less stressful.
Make sure everyone’s shoes have a place (the same applies to accessories such as scarves, hats & mitts); it’s exasperating playing “match the pair” when you’re in a hurry! There are many practical and stylish organisers available so find the one that fits your family’s needs. Do some research and don’t be afraid to have an impartial 3rd party provide an assessment. Sometimes we’re just too married to our usual patterns and habits and need a little push in the right direction.
Shoe lovers, there's hope!
Is your kitchen space working for you and your family? It's easier than you think to replace chaos with fun and functionality! Make the most of what you've got!
Lunch boxes, lunch bags, whatever you call them, need to be wiped out and stored – but where? Dedicate some space to lunch box needs on a kitchen shelf or drawer, keep everything you need to pack lunches together and easy to access! Same applies to containers and water bottles: You don’t need hundreds of them! Just a few do the trick. Many people are eliminating plastic containers altogether, replacing them with non-toxic and reusable sandwich wraps and containers.