Staying Organized at Home

Kids are back at school and we have in-home design tips to help you stay organized.

Most schools in the state of Minnesota start after Labor Day weekend. So, if you are living in Minnesota, chances are you’re about to wrap up the first month of your kids being back in school. This time of year usually brings a tidal wave of newness, but it also is a time of familiarity in routine. Preparing for the school year is essential for a smooth transition, and you can always be ready for what the school year may bring with implementing certain design elements into your home. Ease and accessibility for both you and your children makes multiple drives to practice, long hours of studying, and the constant hustle and bustle a little bit better.    

Despite the increase in popularity of work-at-home offices, the kitchen remains a hot spot for activities. The kitchen is usually the main gathering area for the family, and is a central spot for homework time and helping hands. The only downfall is that homework takes up a lot of precious counter space. Fellow parents understand…the kitchen gets crowded!  

Double islands are a perfect solution to expand your surface area. It’s also a great way to create a distinction between your space and your children’s space when after school hours get busy. It adds a layer of separation that can lead to better focus for the whole family while also creating an aesthetically unique kitchen. And when entertaining, you have a prep area and a serving area. 

If you have an at-home office, utilizing that room is a great way to free up space in the kitchen while your kids get their work done. If you don’t have an office in your home, or having the kids use it for homework doesn’t work for your family, creating a workspace in your child’s bedroom is a great way to keep them focused. Looking for inspiration? Gather some ideas from our previous clients! 

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One of the most frequented rooms in the home is the mudroom. It’s where you and your family unload from the day and kick off your shoes. It’s where you triple-check the kids’ backpacks to make sure they have their homework, and it’s where those must-have layers for our Minnesota winters usually reside. You can sometimes find a dog bowl, or tennis rackets, or that to-do list you made 2 weeks ago hidden somewhere amongst the chaos. It’s the little things that add up to clutter and having proper organization for the entire family is like a breath of fresh air.  

A grass-stained football jersey, a choir robe that needs ironing, a school uniform that needs a new button… The school year requires plenty of TLC and constant loads of laundry, so turning your laundry room into a well-oiled machine can be helpful in easing the new commotion of the school year. With ample storage, counter space, and room to move, designing the perfect laundry room that fits your needs can make all the difference. Find inspiration in these laundry rooms below!  

If you have been thinking of building your dream home, or doing an extensive remodel, we at Nor-Son Custom Builders are happy to talk about your wishes. If you’d like to start your home building journey today, please reach out to our Director of Project Development, Eddie Near.