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Back To School Home Organization

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

If there is ever a time to get yourself, your home, and your family organized, it is the back-to-school season!  We know that organization is the key to stress-free school days.  And we want you to start the school days off right, so here are Ankeny Real Estate Service’s tips to make the back-to-school transition as easy as ABC.

 

 

1. Make a “drop-space.”  Using cubbies, hooks, and baskets, designate an area for coats, shoes, and backpacks.  Keep family member’s belongings divided, decluttered, and off the floor.  Having a space for these things means that there will never be a frantic morning search for the missing shoes or MIA backpack.

 

 

2. Adopt a system for school papers.  As a general rule, there are two types of papers that come home from school -- the ones that need immediate attention and the ones you’ll need for future reference. Both kinds need a space to land! For those that need your immediate attention, why not adopt some sort of “in” and “out” mailbox? Stacked mail sorters/desk organizers would be great for this purpose.


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3. Make use of a family calendar.  For this project, we encourage you to think big and be diligent! A large calendar, in a central location, color-coded by person, with each family member’s activities, and updated frequently is sure to keep your hectic days organized.  Whether it be a store-bought fridge-mounted variety, or a DIY/customized project (I’m thinking chalk paint, cork board, magnetic paint, or vinyl clings!) a family calendar for everyone to reference will keep you coming and going in the right direction!

 

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4. Develop a homework station for your kinds to make working on school projects painless and peaceful. As parents, we care about the kind of learning experience our children have in the classroom AND it is just as important to give them the right study environment at home, too.  A quiet, undisturbed, dedicated, and fully stocked location for studying will help kids be able to focus and be productive! Ensure that your homework station has everything your child will need to finish a project -- paper, pencils, colors, pens, erasers, markers, staplers, scissors, etc. 

 

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5.  Finally, consider placing a memo board or some type of message center near the door your family uses the most frequently.  This is a great place to leave messages, reminders, and kind notes. 


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In general, kids either love or hate going back to school, but an organized home and daily routines will benefit everyone when school schedules are tight and time is of the essence.  Getting organized now will free up time to attend activities, events or dinners and downtime with the family.  Not only do we love helping our clients find homes, but we also like seeing those homes run well, and the people who live in them enjoy life!

Back To School Blog: Featured Listings Near Ankeny Schools

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

It’s back to school time in Ankeny!  And while our students are busy catching busses, wandering halls, and finding classrooms, Ankeny Real Estate Service has YOU, the potential buyer, in mind.  We want to help you find what you’ve been searching for.  Ankeny Real Estate Service proudly represents many wonderful clients, with awesome homes for sale, near lots of fantastic schools. It is for this reason that, in honor of Ankeny’s first day back to school, we would like to share just a couple of our listings, located within a reasonable walking distance of a few of Ankeny’s top-notch schools!

 

1.  109 NW Abilene

 

 

This 4 bedroom, 21/2 bath home, boasts LOTS of main floor features such as: a great room, dining room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms & 11/2 baths. The upper level features 2 bedrooms and full bath. The lower level is ready to finish & stubbed for an additional bath. Don’t forget about the whole house fan, large deck, and well landscaped rear yard. This listing is within walking distance of Northwest Elementary and Parkview Middle School!

 

2.  214 NE 16th St.

 

 

This large (3,000 SF finished) 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2.5 car garage, finished walkout lower level 2 story home is near both Northeast Elementary AND Northview Middle School.  The home has recently updated Anderson windows & sliders, vinyl siding, roofing, Furnace & HWH. A very open oak kitchen & dining area, along with a nice family room with oak book cases flanking the fireplace, is ideal for entertaining! 

 

3. 802 NW Applewood St.

 

 

In an idea location, close to both Westwood Elementary and Prairie Ridge Middle School, this well cared for family home is a large ranch over with 1,350 square feet.  The large living room with fireplace, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, full bath and master with 3/4 bathroom makes this an extremely family friendly home. There is also a lower level rec room, with painted walls, carpet, ceiling tiled & pool table intended to stay, 1/2 bath, and unfinished area that features a large shop area with work bench, laundry and large storage area. New carpet & interior paint, all new concrete driveway, walk & patio, newer windows, leaf guard on the gutters, vinyl siding, large front deck, beautiful landscaping, oversized heated garage 25' W X 22' D.

 

4.  2526 NW 14th St.

 

 

This single family modern and updated ranch style home built in 1993 (condo association) is also within walking distance of both Westwood Elementary and Prairie Ridge Middle School. It is located on a privately owned circle, with no through traffic or street noise. It features a finished basement (with egress window), to complete the home with over 1900 total square feet of living space. An attached garage, 3+ bedrooms, 2 bathroom areas, living room, kitchen, dining area, family room, plus 2 "Bonus Rooms"  that can be used for office, toy room, exercise room, give this unique home lots of versatility!

 

Although this list is far from all-inclusive, we think it speaks to the fact that, if you are looking for a home near a school, we have plenty to offer!  And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, close to your desired school, we can help!  Let us do the “dirty work” and find you the home in the perfect location for you (and your students!). Give us a call today 515-964-3662!

Back To School: Home Organization!

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

If there is ever a time to get yourself, your home, and your family organized, it is the back-to-school season!  We know that organization is the key to stress-free school days.  And we want you to start the school days off right, so here are Ankeny Real Estate Service’s tips to make the back-to-school transition as easy as ABC.

1. Make a “drop-space.”  Using cubbies, hooks, and baskets, designate an area for coats, shoes, and backpacks.  Keep family member’s belongings divided, decluttered, and off the floor.  Having a space for these things means that there will never be a frantic morning search for the missing shoes or MIA backpack.

2. Adopt a system for school papers.  As a general rule, there are two types of papers that come home from school -- the ones that need immediate attention and the ones you’ll need for future reference. Both kinds need a space to land! For those that need your immediate attention, why not adopt some sort of “in” and “out” mailbox? Stacked mail sorters/desk organizers would be great for this purpose.

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3. Make use of a family calendar.  For this project, we encourage you to think big and be diligent! A large calendar, in a central location, color-coded by person, with each family member’s activities, and updated frequently is sure to keep your hectic days organized.  Whether it be a store-bought fridge-mounted variety, or a DIY/customized project (I’m thinking chalk paint, cork board, magnetic paint, or vinyl clings!) a family calendar for everyone to reference will keep you coming and going in the right direction!

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4. Develop a homework station for your kinds to make working on school projects painless and peaceful. As parents, we care about the kind of learning experience our children have in the classroom AND it is just as important to give them the right study environment at home, too.  A quiet, undisturbed, dedicated, and fully stocked location for studying will help kids be able to focus and be productive! Ensure that your homework station has everything your child will need to finish a project -- paper, pencils, colors, pens, erasers, markers, staplers, scissors, etc. 

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5.  Finally, consider placing a memo board or some type of message center near the door your family uses the most frequently.  This is a great place to leave messages, reminders, and kind notes. 

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In general, kids either love or hate going back to school, but an organized home and daily routines will benefit everyone when school schedules are tight and time is of the essence.  Getting organized now will free up time to attend activities, events or dinners and downtime with the family.  Not only do we love helping our clients find homes, but we also like seeing those homes run well, and the people who live in them enjoy life!

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