Back to School and Back to Basics

This one’s for the moms: either the school bus has already hauled away your kids, or it will be next week. What are you going to do with all the other junk that’s been cluttering up your life this summer? I kid, I kid, but seriously – back to school season is a great time to look around and re-evaluate what you need to keep indoors with you throughout the cooler months.

Maybe it’s a residual effect from childhood, but fall always seems to make me think of new beginnings. A fresh start sort of begs for a clean slate (pun not intentional, but appreciated), and home is a good place to start. Even if you’re not a stay-at-home parent or working from a home office, you’ll likely be spending a great deal more time indoors as temperatures drop. So, for a few back-to-basics, back-to-school time reminders on how to make your nest as cozy and comfortable as possible, see below.

  • When you pack up summer clothing and supplies, keep a critical eye on anything that’s being put away: if it’s damaged or deteriorating, or if it’s simply outlived its usefulness, just get rid of it.
  • Organize your junk drawers and closets – fall can bring storms, and if you do end up losing power, you’ll probably want to have a good idea of where to locate the candles, flashlights and extra batteries you haven’t seen since last year.
  • Back to school means school lunches, which means the Tupperware drawer must be tamed. If it’s a lost cause entirely, don’t be afraid to start over by throwing out the various old yogurt containers and partially melted sandwich boxes. You can try these locking Rubbermaids, or (my favourite) these microwave friendly, easy to clean GlassLock containers for a more streamlined collection.
  • If you have a wood-burning fireplace, now’s the time to get it cleaned and ready for those evenings in front of a crackling fire.
  • If you’re investing in new electronics for the school year, like laptops or desktops, or even new cell phones to keep your family connected, don’t just toss the old ones in a box or in the bin – make sure you dispose of them responsibly, or donate them if possible.

Did you take notes? You’ve got your homework now!

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