I’d love to say I live by the old saying “A place for everything and everything in it’s place.” Unfortunately, when they were handing out the “organizing genes” I must have been absent that day! In the last few years, I have tried to improve and have marginally succeeded.
My daughter takes after me in this department and I don’t think the word “organization” is even in her vocabulary! In her defense, she does work full-time (or during school hours), chases after the twins and has a good size home to take care of. Her husband does help out a lot, but she needed a system that would work for all of them.
Since school started, we needed to come up with some easy and practical ideas to get off “on the right foot” and formulate a system to keep up with all the paperwork kids bring home from school and keep her kitchen countertops uncluttered (to a degree). We also wanted a central location for their lunchboxes and backpacks and jackets. Surfing the web and blogland has proven a great way to get some wonderful ideas.
I found these cute little snap together boxes at Dollar General. They were only $4.00 each! I wanted some way to identify each child’s box and these were perfect because they have that metal plate thing on the front. I typed their names on the computer and cut them to size and slid them right into that slot! Easy peasy, no?
Here they are in the newly designated “work zone” in Shannon’s kitchen:
Next, I saw this old shabby looking board with coat hooks on it at My Sweet Savannah’s RMS page. Here’s what hers looks like:
I bought a 6’ pine board at Lowe’s and sprayed it Heirloom White. I then sanded it back in places to the bare wood but of course it didn’t look old at all. Took my trusty “tools of the trade” and aged it.
Here it is after I “aged” it. Now you can see my “secret” tools in the background….dishwashing sponge and old rags, who knew? I took the sponge, dipped it in my gel medium, wiped off most of it on the rags and just kind of slathered it on, no rhyme or reason, just went for it. I was pretty pleased at how it turned out. Does it look old and weathered to you?
I found two little plaques at T.J. Maxx that had some really neat hooks on them so I bought the plaques and used some of the hooks. Took the hooks off the plaques and sprayed them with el-cheapo flat black paint.
Here’s a close up of one of the hooks on the board.
We took it up Friday evening and hung it in Shannon’s long hallway coming off the garage. That way, when they come in every afternoon they will (hopefully) hang their stuff on the coat rack and off the floor where things tend to land. The kids were so excited they had their very own hooks!
Shannon was thrilled at how it turned out and I must say it looks pretty good! We got the collage frame at Kirkland’s on sale ($19.00) and as soon as we have time we’re going to put in some black and white pictures of her family. (Wall color is Latte)
I’m hoping the excitement will keep up and they don’t have any of the last minute hunt for stuff in the mornings!
I’m working on a couple of other projects for Taylor’s room that Shannon wants. A shelf for trophies, etc. and a bulletin board for her “girly” stuff. We picked up this old country looking shelf at a local flea market for $12.00. Sprayed it with Krylon’s Ballet Slipper Pink and we’re loving the color. Taylor’s bedroom is done in Victoria Secret colors….pinks and blacks….so I think this little shelf will fit right in. We’re also using a bulletin board that Shannon had years ago in high school. We are just going to paint out the frame and do something special to the cork.
I would love to hear about any ideas you’ve found that work for you that keep you organized and I hope you found some of mine helpful as well.
Enjoy your week!