As the kids are heading back to school soon, most parents are making last-minute trips to buy school supplies, uniforms, backpacks and books. But don’t forget that
back-to-school season is also a perfect opportunity for some quick touch-up projects around the house to start the school year off right and with a clean slate. Organizing your living space can help everyone in the family have a productive and successful school year.
Here are a few tips for some inexpensive home improvement ideas you can do now as you gear up for a great school year:
- Give your house a complete top-to-bottom cleaning. Throw out anything that does not get used on a regular basis to free up space and clear clutter. A clean and clutter-free house will clear your mind and your kids’ minds to better focus on the year ahead.
- Reorganize closet space by adding shelves and drawers. Also give yourself some space to stock up on needed school supplies.
- Consider adding a space in your home near the door for daily-use items — for example, add some wall hooks and baskets near the door to organize backpacks, sports gear, shoes, jackets, and other items you and your kids will use on a daily basis.
- Organize bookcases, clean out desk drawers, and throw away clutter. Give all computer screens and equipment a good cleaning.
- Sand down and paint bookcases, shelves and dresser drawers to add accent colors to a room.
- Hang a bulletin board to display projects, pictures, artwork, etc. in the kitchen or another common area. Adding a family calendar can help you keep track of everyone’s individual projects and upcoming events and activities.
- Change out light fixtures for new and more modern track lighting. Also add lamps and other decorative lighting in dark corners for study areas. It’s also a good time to replace light bulbs throughout the house.
- Create a comfortable study area by rearranging furniture and add an accent wall color or new floor rug. Look for good deals on desks, chairs, and other furniture at garage sales, estate sales and antique shops.