Back-to-School is the Perfect Time to Renovate. Here’s Why.

It’s September. It’s back-to-school season.

And everyone at NuStone Transformations wishes teachers, parents, and students all the best for the upcoming school year.

As you get back into the school routine, you may discover that your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom closets aren’t as effective or efficient as they should be.

Now, you might be thinking now’s not the right time to transform your home.

The reality? Fall is a great time to remodel.

Here’s why.

You’re home now

Like most Oakville, Kitchener, and Toronto families, you probably had a busy summer with things like:

  • Going away on vacation.
  • Time spent at the cottage.
  • Family events.
  • Enjoying the outdoors as much as possible.

Even if you stayed home this summer, you might have been busy working in the garden or undertaking an outdoor renovation project.

Now that it’s September, you’re naturally going to spend more time at home.

That gives you the opportunity to examine your home, decide what you want to change, and book a FREE in-home consultation to get started.

It’s much easier to focus on the kitchen or bathroom when you’re in them – and using them – more frequently in the fall.

It’s obvious what needs to change

Back-to-school is an incredibly busy time. And not just for the people in the house, but the house itself.

As everyone rushes to get in-and-out of the bathroom, grab clothes from the closet, and make lunch in the kitchen, it becomes obvious what needs updating.

For example:

IN THE BATHROOM

  • Shower walls are cracked, dirty, or need excessive cleaning after being used.
  • The current backsplash is old and little porous.
  • There isn’t enough storage for towels, toilet paper, and other toiletries.
  • The toilet doesn’t flush or function as well as it should.

IN THE KITCHEN

  • The countertops seem weak and are tough to clean after morning lunch prep.
  • The cabinet doors are coming off their hinges a bit and the paint is peeling too.
  • The kitchen backsplash looks grimy, dirty, and old.
  • There’s not enough storage in the pantry for dry, non-perishable lunch items.
  • That leaky faucet is getting worse and worse.

IN THE CLOSETS

  • There’s simply not enough room in the closet for all clothing items.
  • As your kids get older, their current reach-in closet is no longer functional.
  • Your walk-in closet is poorly designed and slows you down during the morning rush.
  • Doors, hangers, rods, etc. are old and will need replacing sooner rather than later.

When it becomes obvious what’s working and what isn’t, you’ll want to fix and improve it ASAP.

It’s not cumbersome at all

The thought of going through a kitchen or bathroom renovation probably has images of dust, debris, and overall chaos dancing through your head.

That isn’t the case. At all.

Even with the hustle-and-bustle of back-to-school life, you can still transform your kitchen, bathroom, or closet space with minimal disruption.

And before you know it, your home will look better and function better too.

Quick back-to-school organization tips

If you haven’t already, here are some simple things you can do turn your home into a lean, mean, back-to-school machine.

IN THE KITCHEN

  • If homework is done in the kitchen, make sure there’s a dedicated space where your kids can work.
  • Set up shelf space for your kids based on their age:
    • Preschoolers: Low-to-the-ground, easy-to-reach shelves which aren’t too deep.
    • Elementary kids: Give them a fridge shelf for packing lunches, snacks, and drinks.
    • High-school students: Create pantry space for after school snacks and easy-to-cook meals (like soups) can be found.

IN THE BATHROOM

  • Use coloured bins for each member of the family. That way, your pre-schoolers bathroom toys won’t end up in someone’s shaving kit.
  • Have older kids store items up high and smaller kids place their belongings (toothbrush, special towel, etc.) down low where they can reach.
  • Always have a healthy supply of easy-to-reach toilet paper.

IN THE CLOSET

  • Have school clothes (especially if they’re uniforms) at the front of the closet. The last thing you want is for your daughter to freak out because she can’t find her favourite sweater.
  • If your kids can’t decide what to wear, organize clothes by school function. Have one section for school trips, another area for sports days, and another section for messy craft activities.
  • Does your school send out a monthly calendar? If so, have your kids hang it within their closet doors. That way, as soon as they open them, they’ll know what to expect that day.

Want a new kitchen, bathroom, or closet for the new school year? Contact us today

You (and your kids) will have a much more productive and efficient school year when the important areas of your home are organized and up-to-date.

We totally get it.

At NuStone Transformations, we’re parents too. We know the importance of having a home that looks as good as it works (and vice-versa).

If you think now’s the time to transform your home, we’d like to help. Contact us with any questions or comments you have.

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