As the calendar days begin to move through summer and parents think about the impending school year, that dark cloud of chaos starts to appear. Many homes certainly turn into a circus when it is time for the little ones to head back to school. If this happens in your household, then you may be looking for DIY or professional remodeling in keeping with small kids and organized lives. For the past month, you may have mentally mulled over the following questions: What bathroom additions make things easier for small kids going back to school? Which kitchen must haves for small kids make things easier for back to school? Should you hire a professional to make changes to these rooms? Do you need to make large changes, or can you make a few small changes? Fortunately, we have found a few suggestions that will help to keep the beginning of the school year chaos at bay for parents and help get the little ones up, dressed, fed, and off to school.

Let's start with the first question: What bathroom additions make things easier for small kids going back to school? We have found that it is amazing how small changes can make a difference. Adding a small basket layered with socks/clothing on the bottom, a wash cloth on top of the clothes, and the toothbrush on top of the wash cloth gives visual cues for children to brush, wash, and then dress. A mini sand glass timer will show the child how long he/she should brush their teeth. Adding an additional faucet to the bathroom will allow two children to wash their faces and brush their teeth at the same time. This will save you the headache of listening to them fight in the bathroom while you are trying to get ready. Wall mounted body wash and shampoo will make it easier for children to access these items when taking their shower prior to bed time. Getting them to bed on time is definitely something that makes the mornings go smoother. Install towel racks that are child height to deter them throwing their towels on the floor (it will probably happen anyway, but at least you tried). Step stools are a must if you don't want to have to turn the sink on/off for little ones with short arms. Touch free facets are great as well. They also help little ones be more independent with operating the faucets as well as keeping them from leaving the water running.

Here are some kitchen must haves for small kids to make things easier for back to school. Individual reusable water bottles filled with water, juice or milk and reusable bento boxes filled with fruit, yogurt, and granola or cereal placed on a low shelf in the refrigerator allow small ones to grab a drink and complete quick breakfast prep independently. Once again, it is wonderful how small changes can make a difference. Install a kitchen island; it is a great place for children to eat breakfast while you review the day's schedule. They will be in close proximity to you while you pack lunches. A snack cabinet that is one of the lower kitchen drawers or on one of the lower shelves in the pantry makes it easier for children to grab a snack for school. Touch free faucets also work well in the kitchen.

As you can see, there are several things that you can do in the kitchen and the bathroom to make things easier for back to school. Both large and small changes can make a difference. You don't necessarily need to hire a professional to make changes to these rooms. However, if you choose to, then be sure to hire one than can complete remodeling and keep small kids and organized lives in mind. And keep Grand Kitchen + Bath top of mind for any project you find you need for your home. Best of luck during the upcoming school year!

Not only do Richard and Julie know how to create and build amazing kitchens—they also know a thing or two about how to handle the events that surround them! Here are few quick tips to help relieve some of the stress that the holiday can bring.

  1. Set the table the night before, it will relieve stress of last minute details for the day of your dinner.
  2. Get a final head count the day before to make sure you have ample seating and food.
  3. Welcome guests to bring something to the meal, take some of the stress off yourself.
  4. Make as many of the dishes in advance, less stress the day off the meal.
  5. Order some of the dishes/desserts from your favorite local restaurant or grocery store.
  6. Try to incorporate some simple, healthy side dishes.
  7. Think beyond the kids table! Have plenty of all age board games on hand to keep them entertained throughout the day.
  8. Invite someone to stay behind and help get caught up on the dishes

We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

If you find this year you've outgrown your current kitchen or are ready to give it that makeover you always wanted, make a post Thanksgiving plan to stop in our showroom to see how we can make your kitchen a space you can't wait to show of the next time your friends and family are over! 




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