Danielle’s Design Scoop — Breeze through back-to-school season with a kitchen that works!

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Tried-and-True Tips for the Busy Weeks Ahead

As a busy Mom of four who works full time, organization is essential – especially during the back-to-school season!  In that whirlwind of crazy mornings, late-night homework sessions and afternoons crammed with sports practices and activities, efficient planning becomes more important than ever.

At my house, the kitchen is “command central” for coordinating meals, schedules, and family time – and a kitchen that’s equipped with smart features makes all the difference.

My favorite Coleman Homes kitchen is found in The Chapman at Fall Creek! This beautiful Woodland Collection floorplan offers a clever kitchen layout with a center island, loads of cabinets, an enormous pantry, and an adjacent mudroom.  Altogether, it makes the perfect family organization station! Here are a few great tips on using kitchen-area organization to make back-to-school a breeze:

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Plan Ahead for Family Meals

I make a family meal plan to save time and money and to help my family eat healthier. It might sound like a daunting task, but it’s actually easier than you think! Start by listing seven dinners you make often, and note them on a meal plan posted to your refrigerator. Then create a shopping list, with items divided into categories that correspond to the sections in your supermarket.  With your list neatly organized into Dairy, Bread, Meat, Canned Goods, Produce, etc., shopping will be a snap – and the next time someone asks, “what’s for dinner?” you can point to your meal plan and say, “pick one!” I find it really saves time on busy school nights, and helps us all eat together more frequently, too.


Put Your Fridge and Pantry to Work

Make lunch prep fast and easy by creating two “lunch stations” — one in your pantry and one in your refrigerator.  The refrigerator station should hold sandwich fixings, along with healthy snacks like pre-cut fruits and veggies, while the pantry station can organize non-perishable snacks and lunchboxes or containers. It saves time on busy mornings, and it’s great for kids who are learning to take on lunch prep by themselves!

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Make Your Mudroom Super-Convenient

If you’ve got a mudroom like the one adjacent to the kitchen in our Chapman model, you’re already ahead of the family-organization game!  In preparation for the busy back-to-school season, designate a mudroom hook for every member of the family so they can easily stash coats, book bags, hats, or umbrellas.  Stock your mudroom storage cabinet with a labeled bin for each person, as well – these make great catch-alls for notebooks, library books, permission slips, and other essential items kids need to grab as they run out the door.

If you’d love to check out the beautiful Chapman kitchen for yourself, come visit us at Fall Creek in Meridian!  Our Team of Experts will be glad to give you a tour and answer any questions you have. And when you’re ready to start planning a super-convenient kitchen of your own, come see us at the Design Gallery for a preview tour! Our hands-on displays are sure to spark some great ideas for you. Contact us today!

At the Coleman Homes Design Gallery, Danielle loves helping home builders select features and finishes to personalize their dream home. To find out more about the Coleman Homes Design Gallery and the expert team ready to help you create your dream, schedule a tour today!