For me, fall is always a time of fresh starts. When I was in school, I used to love getting all of my new school supplies and organizing my notebook with the dividing tabs, my pencil case and the clean paper. I guess this has carried over into my adulthood because I always get an itch to completely re-organize my home in the fall.
If you have kids in the house not only does organizing make it look more attractive but it helps keep everything running more smoothly. By eliminating the morning race to find one shoe or the special hair tie that your daughter just has to wear to school, life is much easier.
As you’re organizing, also keep safety in mind:
- Rearrange linen closets so that dangerous items such as medicines and cleaning products are kept on the top shelves away from toddlers. Linens and towels, which won’t hurt them if they get into them, are better positioned on the lower shelves
- Do a quick inventory of all toys to make sure that there are no missing or broken pieces. Store small toys that could present a choking hazard to smaller children in see-through bins with lids on them. Take a photo of each toy that is kept in the bin and tape it to the outside so your child knows exactly what belongs in there.
- Check cold medicines and other prescription drugs to make sure that they have not expired. Stock up for all of these items you will need during the upcoming cold and flu season.
- Check that smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are still in good working order, and, if you don’t have a CO detector, place one outside every bedroom and one on each floor of the house.
Now is also a great time to prepare and practice emergency evacuation plans with your family. Keep all emergency numbers on a laminated card attached to your refrigerator, plan an alternate escape route and assign a meeting place outside of the house in case of an emergency.
You can get more safety tips and enjoy some fun crafts at Lowe’s Safety Saturday which will be held at every Lowe’s store on Saturday, September 25th from 10A – 2P.