This is a back to school like none we have ever seen before. Some of our children have returned to school and some have started virtual classes. Some parents have returned to work over the summer, many others are still working from home. Now is the time to rethink our temporary home offices and living arrangements. We are seeing a lot more investment in creating and reconfiguring workspaces. In this post we will be discussing how you can properly prepare your home for back to school season during a global pandemic.
If you haven’t already considered adding an extra office space to one of your bedrooms, then we suggest that you take the time to think about it. Whether the office space is for you to continue to work from home, or for children who continue to study online, a bedroom office space will help keep your living areas clutter-free. For those who prefer not to have their office in their bedroom, consider adding one to a guest bedroom, as those rooms are seeing very little use.
Personally, the idea of getting my work done from the comfort of my own bed sounds like absolute heaven and this portable laptop bed table will make your dreams of staying in bed all morning a reality! All you have to do is set up your laptop, grab a snack or cup of coffee and get to work! This is also a totally do-able DIY project that you and your family can tackle on a weekend.
A lot of kids in post-secondary education will continue to learn from home this year and will need more storage for all the textbooks and materials they usually keep at school. You should definitely be on the lookout for furniture pieces that’ll maximize your storage space. Consider coffee tables with extra shelving, a variety of wicker baskets, a row of hooks etc., they’re all great options.
Back to school means stuff… everywhere. Books, coats, school supplies, it’s always the same story and always a huge, anxiety-provoking mess. In this entryway the addition of baskets into the hallway console allows place to put away hats and gloves. In the living room the additional shelves in the side tables as well as baskets and furniture with storage options, are great ways to keep your home more organized.
Given that we’re not doing as much socializing, spending time outside has become such a big part of our lives. If this is the case, you might want to look into creating a mudroom, which will work as an intermediary between the outdoors and your home. You’ll benefit from the extra storage that a mudroom offers, as well as how clean your house will be when people are no longer trekking their dirty boots and shoes into the living spaces.
Just because it’s a mud room doesn’t mean it has to look drab or dirty. Isn’t this room great!? Very clean-looking and minimalistic, but still super functional. Like in the design above, make sure to select a floor that can withstand a lot of wear and tear, as well as some moisture. A mudroom can also be a great place for the little ones to dump their schoolbags without them getting in your way.
Try to name something better than a good afterschool snack. Trick question, you can’t! It’s so important to keep you and your family well-nourished, especially as we prepare for this year’s tumultuous back to school season. An unorganized pantry will just add to your long list of stressors, so we suggest looking into a design that’ll maximize storage space and minimize clutter. If you’re not fully looking to commit to a walk-in pantry, like the one above, or don’t have the space for one, a cabinet pantry might be more your pace (see top right).
Here are two designs from BHG that we absolutely adore. A well-stocked pantry will ensure success in the kitchen and save time when preparing school lunches!
Wishing you and your clan a smooth transition this fall!