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Back to School Organizing

10 Tips For Back To School Organization

We at QC Cleaning would like to share some our best tips for back to school organization as Professional Organizers! Here are our top ten tips that will make the transition back to school as smooth as can be for everyone in the house:

10. Make sure the clothes are washed, laid out and ready for the kids to select their back to school outfits without going foraging through drawers when it’s a school morning and show time!

9. Get the bathrooms organized and ready for the kids to prepare for their day or for you to assist them through the morning routine.

8. Get the alarm clocks out and set them for the appropriate time! Make sure there is no clutter in the area where it is kept and is used daily.

7. If you received information from the school on what school supplies each child should have then make sure that their book bag is all packed up and ready to be strapped on.

6. Find out what the school bus schedule is before the first day so everyone can be prepared for the expected pick-up time. If you drive the children to school, plan your route and estimate your arrival time at school to see if they will be both safe and on time. It’s best to have this information in the area of the home you always visit before leaving the house such as the kitchen.

5. Organize the snacks and tupperware areas of your kitchen making it easy to pack lunches when the time comes on the morning of a school day or the night prior.

4. If you have the luxury of designating space in your home as a learning center, supply it with everything you think the kids will need to get their homework done after school.

3. For parents with children who participate in afterschool activities or sports, get the schedule for practices and meets then get to know the afterschool bus schedule or the time you can expect to pick them up from school.

2. Plan dinners and organize your kitchen well before the time to cook comes so the kids get a healthy meal!

1. Schedule both your home cleaning and organizing dates to keep up with the new busy back to school schedule!

5 Tips for Living Clutter Free in the Summer

Summer is almost here and the kids will be home from school all day! Here in the Phoenixville School District, kids are typically let out of school for summer around June 10th. Most of us who work during the week, or stay at home, feel we need a vacation too! Summer is the perfect time to work on some new household habits when it comes to cleaning and organizing to give yourself more time to enjoy your free time! So let’s go over 5 quick yet powerful tips to help us live clutter free during the summer!

1. Everything has its own place! We’ve all heard of this before but what does it really mean? It means that not only do you know where everything goes around the house but the kids also have a good idea and can put things back where they belong!  It’s great to take the kids to toy stores in the area like Generations Toy Store on Main Street here in Phoenixville for a fun afternoon, but remember to have the kids put them away in the right place.

2. Entrance Spaces! In the summer our doors are always opened and the shoes and sandals are less likely to be put away with such inviting weather outside! Continuing on the ‘everything has a place’ mentality, have somewhere specific to store all of the shoes where it’s easy accessible! We should be able to find enough storage around our house with the use of bins in the basement and garage, but for some folks using a Self Storage Service like Sterling nearby could be a good strategy for extra belongings until you are well organized.

3. Toy and Electronics! iPads, iPods, Kindles, and even Legos all are items that we never want lost and we know the kids and adults want readily available! Get some small baskets or table arrangements that can add to the décor of the house and do away with clutter. Many pieces of furniture these days have great sections for storage conveniently built into them!

4. Clear the floor! This may just be the easiest clutter rule out there but one of the hardest to follow. Having a floor clear of any items can make your living space seem much larger and roomier with a minimal-feel that most of us are looking for. If you don’t set stuff down on the floor, you won’t need to remove it so be sure to have everyone in the house place things in their designated spot!  If you need help with a house cleaning or deep clean then you can always reach out to up for an free cleaning quote with an appointment.

5. Don’t forget the Outdoor areas! With all of the lawn work going on and the lawn toys of the kids that may be scattered around the outdoor spaces, pick up some bins or outdoor furniture with build in storage to tend to any clutter! Whether it’s the an outdoor kitchen, a patio area, the driveway or a pool area, there are a bunch of creative ways to make for hiding away anything worthy of clutter!

Those are our 5 Tips for Living Clutter Free in the Summer!

Kids Rooms Home Organizing

Great Tips To Organize Kids Rooms

Have you ever said these three words to the kids: “Clean Your Room!”? Can we keep ourselves from ever having to say this? We sure can try with some great organizing ideas for the kids’ rooms!

Think like they do! First off, before we get started with our organizing, lets try to put ourselves in the mindset of our kids by looking at the spaces we have to work with from their vantage point! This may include having toys or games on shelves or bins that are low enough for them to put back into their normal areas on their own.

Organize top to bottom! Start organizing from the bottom of the room, and work to the top. Most used toys and belongings should be kept on lower shelves, in lower drawers, or on the floor. Keep the less-used toys on high levels so there is always room to put back the more frequently used ones.

Make sure you simplify categorizing items the best you can so they don’t have to think to put items back. Using a computer printer, you can print out simple little labels to make up categories around the room that can be turned into a fun game of “matching the item to the label”!

Devise a simple checklist to make sure each section of the room is accounted for when it comes to things getting back in their place! Building small routines like this will make doing the tasks at hand seem much less stressful and it will keep disorder from becoming overwhelming! Try these simple tips today for a more organized home in between regularly scheduled cleanings or a complete organizing by professionals!