Beat the Back-to-School Jitters

From excitement to nervousness, the new school year can bring about an onslaught of emotions for your children. To ensure that they transition into the school year with ease, use these three ways to help them overcome their back-to-school jitters.

Stay calm. 
Kids can sense anxiety. If you as parents appear worried or stressed about the upcoming school year, your children may follow your lead. It’s best to stay calm and keep your emotions at bay to promote a calm and relaxing environment.

Create a schedule. 
Getting prepared for the new school year shouldn’t be the last thing on your mind. Give your kids time to adjust to the change by creating a schedule in the beginning of August. Gradually transition their sleep patterns and instill a morning routine.

Get familiar with the unknown.
Whether it’s a new building, teacher, or classmates, change can be intimating. Help your kids get acquainted with their new surroundings by taking advantage of school open houses. This way they’ll know their way around and recognize a few familiar faces come the first day of school.

Creating an at Home Library

People who love books often use them as an escape. Books take you to faraway places and different time periods. Why not create an area devoted to burying yourself deep in a book? If you have too many books to count, consider creating an at home library.  

People who can benefit from an at home library  

Book Lovers 

This is an obvious point, but if you love books, maybe even just the smell of old books and the charm of having them on shelves, then an at home library is for you. 

Collectors  

If you have rare, collectible items you’ve always wanted to display, this is your chance to shine. Rare books, antiques, and everything in between would make a perfect aesthetic for a library space.  

People who like to cozy up  

Creating a personal library space can be used for more than just reading. If you love to get cozy with a blanket and chair, your naps and movies can have their own secluded space too.  

Where your home library should be located  

Adequate wall space  

The key to any successful at home library is storage. Installing shelving will require a room with clear, usable walls.  

Windows  

A nice touch to a library is having windows to let in natural light and views of the outdoors. However, if you’d prefer a darker, more secluded space, use a room with no windows or invest in black out curtains. 

Share with an office space  

Many don’t have an entire room to dedicate to an at home library, so if this is the case for you, consider sharing the space with your home office.  

What to include in your home library 

Seating  

Style and amount of seating is a personal preference. Whether you’re looking to accommodate a few friends or want a solo space, make sure the seating is comfortable. If it’s not comfortable, you won’t be able to relax, and you’ll end up relocating. Consider getting a recliner so you can really kick back. 

Lighting 

Setting the tone of the room is all in the lighting. Creating an inviting space will need accent and ambient lights. To create a warm, cozy atmosphere pick incandescent bulbs. LED lights are great, but they tend to have a colder feel to them. Use floor and table lamps directly over your seating area to have well-lit areas to read.  

Color Schemes 

If you’re looking for a traditional look, make the shelves a dark stain and have leather seating. For a modern feel, paint the shelving a white or off-white color and have furniture with your favorite accent color.  

Decorations 

Your style will determine how you decorate your library. Infuse your personality into the library with pictures, artwork, collections, and anything else you want to display. This is a space to call your own and you deserve to love what is around you in the room.  

Shelving  

The important part of storage will be shelving. There are different styles of shelving, including free–standing, floating, and built–in. Choose according to budget and style. If you’re indecisive about layout, go with free–standing shelving you’ll be able to rearrange. If you have your heart set on a layout and style, choose built–in.  

Aside from your personal aesthetic, at home libraries should all function to give you an at home oasis to escape and have time to pursue your interests. Get started with these tips—your dream library awaits!