Back-to-school season may give you nightmares, and with good reason. While it will be great to have the kids back in school learning and socializing, it is a period of increased activity for parents as well. Here are five handy ways you can get your home ready for this hectic season so it is as stress-free as possible.
Fix Up & Clean the Bathrooms
You will likely all be in overdrive for a good part of this season, so it is a good idea to make sure that all systems are functioning as they should. Fix up the taps in the house to make sure none are dripping. When a showerhead leaks 10 drips every minute, this adds up to over 500 gallons of water wasted each year. To put this into perspective, this is the amount of water you would need to wash 60 loads of dishes in the dishwasher. There may not be time to deal with this later, so if you have leaks and drips, fix them now.
Set Aside a Period of No TV
Screen time may have crept upwards while the kids were at home for long hours, but this is an unhealthy habit that you need to stop. To help them get better sleep at night and be able to focus on tasks that they are given, come up with a period each day during which the TV should remain off. You may come up against some resistance initially, but with patience and consistency, it will be an accepted practice. To make the period more productive, introduce activities like playing board games, working on puzzles, and even reading books to improve grammar and imagination.
Create Morning and Nighttime Routines
Kids do well with routines, as has been proved time and again. Once they get a certain routine down, it gets easier to have a more hands-off approach. A good routine will also have designated time-slots for each child to do a certain activity, like taking a bath and brushing their teeth. With 50.27% of bathrooms built medium in size, it is understandably hard to fit many children in one so they can all brush their teeth simultaneously. Take the time to come up with an easy routine, and everyone will appreciate it when the school year begins and your household is hustling and bustling.
Set Up a Workspace For Virtual Learning and Working
No one is about to forget the year that everyone was forced to work and study from home. This showed the importance of having a virtual workspace in which students can have online classes, and parents can have online work meetings. You don’t need to convert an entire room into a workspace. A simple desk and chair are enough, as long as there is enough room to place all the necessary tools and supplies. With research sharing that people’s attention span for digital tasks is just 40 seconds, you should add some decorations to help anyone sitting at the desk stay focused and alert.
Eat Healthy Meals
Eating healthy meals will help your children grow and be at their best levels throughout the day. Take time at the start of every week to make a meal plan which you can all follow to make sure every meal is a healthy one. To make sure that you are getting good portions of greens each day, you could start a small garden if you have the space and time.
When you all work together, you will create a great bond amongst yourselves, and everyone will also be more invested in keeping the house in good condition. When you get into these productive habits over the course of one year, you will find it gets easier to do, so start now!