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Back to School Organizational Tips to Help You and Your Kids Get an “A”

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Back to School Organizational Tips to Help You and Your Kids Get an “A”

The term “back to school” conjures up all sorts of thoughts and emotions. For kids, it means seeing old friends, breaking in new teachers and lots of homework. Parents think about school clothes shopping, packing lunches, carpooling, bus schedules and trying to get everyone out the door on time in the morning.

Juggling work, school, and multiple schedules can create stress and conflict for parents and kids alike. Bringing some organization into the “back to school” equation specifically for your kids, will benefit the whole family and help your kids start each day on time and ready for anything.

Mastering the Closet

Does your morning start with, “Mom, I can’t find my ____!”

Tailored-Living-Kids-Closet-AccessoriesAn organized closet is the best way to avoid losing clothes, uniforms, socks and shoes. A closet that is stuffed from floor to ceiling in a hopeless jumble makes getting ready a difficult and frustrating task for any age child. Getting the closet under control is crucial to hassle-free dressing in the morning. The first step is to clear out the closet. Get rid of clothes, shoes and uniforms that don’t fit or are no longer needed. Relocate books, toys, games or anything else that doesn’t belong in the closet. Make a realistic assessment of what needs to be in the closet and begin from that point. If it’s a shared closet, you’ll want to incorporate design features that allow each child to have their own space.

Here are some tips for organizing a kid’s closet to make it easy to get ready for school:

  • Install hanging rods at easy-reach level for your child
  • Multiple-tier rods provide more hanging space
  • Color coded hangers can separate school clothes/uniforms
  • Let each child have their own hanger colors if they share a closet
  • Folded tee shirts, jeans, shoes or purses can stack on open shelves
  • Smaller items like underwear, pajamas and socks can go into labeled bins
  • Maximize space with vertical shelves and store seldom used/seasonal items up high
  • Move seasonal clothing out of the closet until needed
  • Vertical shelves down the middle of a shared closet gives each child their own side for hanging
  • A laundry bin in the closet or nearby corrals dirty clothes
  • Use hooks for “quick grab” items like jackets or pajamas
  • Over-the-door shoe hangers can provide pockets for shoes, jewelry or hair accessories

Picking out the next day’s outfit the night before is a great help to speed up the morning. No one is too young to start using a valet rod to help get organized!

Maximizing the Bedroom

For a kid, the bedroom is about more than just sleeping. It’s their own personal space in the house. Signs on bedroom doors like NO GIRLS ALLOWED and NO ONE UNDER 21 PERMITTED show the importance of room ownership. As with the closet, an organized room will reduce stress and facilitate getting ready for school in the morning. Finding the perfect balance between what’s in the room and what’s in the closet will create a more comfortable and functional living space for your child.

Some of the basic needs of a school-aged child’s room include:

  • Additional dresser or chest of drawers for clothes
  • Storage for toys, games, treasures, and sports equipment
  • Designated space for backpacks, books and school supplies
  • A place to do homework and read
  • Space for a pet cage or aquarium

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Incorporating creative storage ideas like tall, vertical shelves, enclosed cabinets with drawers, under-bed storage, stacking bins and trunks will maximize room space and lessen the demands on the closet. This makes it easier for your child to stay neat and organized with allotted space for everything.

If you need help getting your family organized for back to school success, Tailored Living’s organization specialists are experts at maximizing space and streamlining organizational processes. For everything from custom closet design to whole home and garage organization, our talented designers can work with you to meet the individual needs of your family. Call 866-675-8819 (US) or 866-257-7231 (CAN) today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find an organization specialist near you.

Tailored Living Featured on NBC's George to the Rescue

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Tailored Living Partners with George to the Rescue, Renovating Amy Van Dyken’s Master Closet for Functionality and Accessibility

Six-time Olympic gold medalist, Amy Van Dyken, had her life change forever on June 6, 2014, when she suffered a spinal cord injury in an ATV accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down.
She is a constant inspiration to her Twitter and Instagram followers as she publically shares every step of her journey--the highs and lows, the challenges and the victories.
Her buoyant spirit shines through as she declares her intent to learn to drive, ride a bike and mountain climb. Amy believes “every day you take a breath is a blessing,” and “you can get through anything as long as you have a positive attitude.”
Tailored Living Partners with George to the Rescue 
George to the Rescue is a national home improvement TV show that each week focuses on a home rescue for a deserving individual or group, nominated by friends and family that see a need and ask for help on their behalf.
Since the accident, Amy’s life has dramatically changed, and to help her progress in her new life, Tailored Living and its sister company, Budget Blinds, partnered with George to the Rescue to remodel her Scottsdale home with innovations that will improve her quality of life. 
Tailored Living and George to the Rescue are presenting Amy with this surprise home renovation when she returns home after months of rehab. On September 10, Amy is a guest on the premiere of The Meredith Vieira Show where she’s expecting to talk about her accident. Instead, she’ll be surprised with the news of the renovation. The remodel reveal show of Amy actually moving into her newly-customized home will air the weekend of October 18 on NBC. (We’ll remind you of that date!)
Improving Day-to-Day Living 
Tailored Living concentrated on making Amy’s day-to-day activities easier by designing a custom, shared master closet for her and her husband, Tom. Careful planning and innovative design will make dressing and wardrobe maintenance more convenient for Amy in her wheelchair while still being functional for Tom as well. Hang bars and wardrobe lifts will keep clothing within easy reach. Assorted storage features such as drawers, baskets and shelving will allow Amy to exercise her passion for fashion with easily accessible accessories such as jewelry, hats, shoes and purses. 
Budget Blinds installed motorized window treatments with touch-of-a-button, hand-held remote control so Amy can easily maintain desired privacy and light levels throughout the home. Energy-efficient cellular shades were selected to match the home’s existing décor and Amy’s personal taste and style. 
Home Franchise Concepts (HFC) is the parent company of Tailored Living and Budget Blinds. Chad Hallock, President and CEO of HFC, expresses their delight in being part of this remodel project: “We have a great history of being able to support national heroes including veterans, injured servicemen and women, and now Olympians. Every window treatment or closet that we donate allows us to give back to those who have given so selflessly. We all admire Amy’s courage and are honored to be able to give her something to support and celebrate her strength as she continues to inspire us.”
Special thanks goes to Tailored Living franchisee Kevin Kinney of Scottsdale for volunteering his time and expertise to design and install this beautiful custom master closet. 
If you would like more usable space in your home, Tailored Living’s organizational specialists are available for free, in-home consultations to assist with maximizing the space and the utility of your home, garage, closets, home office, and more. Call or go online today to find the organizational specialist in your area and change your life by getting organized!

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