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Moms everywhere have back to school on the brain, not to mention the dreaded clutter that comes with it. Think about it: before long, books will be strewn around the house, backpacks piling up by the doorway and laundry will multiply, as it's known to do. Before the mess gets manic, organize ahead of time with these tips from the experts at online interior design marketplace Laurel & Wolf.
Hang it up
The best way to keep everything clutter free is by giving it a place to live, so get those backpacks, handbags and briefcases off the floor by using decorative hooks, knobs and coat racks. Also, consider adding a small table below the hooks to create the same effect as a cubby for your little one to store their shoes and other out-the-door essentials.
Bins and baskets
There are a plethora of fabulous looking bins and baskets in every color, style and texture, so take advantage of what's out there and make them work for you. Label or color code them to help keep your stuff in its proper place. We especially love the rectangular woven baskets that can easily be placed on bookshelves as they add beauty and function!
Tackle the closet
An organized closet will make getting ready a breeze for any member of the family. Start with donating any items that you don't think you are ever going to wear again. Then, get smart with how you can organize the things you want to keep. Install hooks for scarves and bags, utilize the back of closet doors and use double hangers to maximize your space.
Tip moms swear by: Every Sunday night, spend 10 minutes with your kids picking out the outfits for the week ahead. Hang everything up on labeled hangers (one for Monday, another for Tuesday and so forth). It will save so much time in the morning and keep everyone on track.
Prep for the mess
Nothing says organized like knowing where your cleaning and laundry supplies are actually located. Pull them out from the depths of underneath the sink or the back of a cabinet and get them in an easy-to-reach location. Install simple rods and hooks for hanging, shelves for easy storage and a fold-away ironing board to help tackle laundry in style.
This article was originally published on September 2, 2014.