Every year at at the start of school, I start the battle to keep the kids’ school stuff organized. It seems that every day I get emails home about important dates, or papers home with important information needed at a later date (usually a couple weeks in advance). I’m always at a loss as to how to keep all this information together while not cluttering up valuable counter space. Tossing papers on the counter also runs the risk of the papers being thrown away. If I leave the kids in charge of the papers, they are lost forever and those important dates come and go, leaving the kids with missing homework assignments, missed social events, etc.
This year, I have a plan (an evil plan?)! While feeding my Pinterest addiction, I’ve come across so many ideas to keep kids organized. I decided to try a few of them and see if they can help my family.
The coat hook was just sitting around, not being used. It will make a great place for the kids to hang backpacks and coats. Then I (hopefully) won’t find them dropped in the middle of my living room (a mom can dream, right?).
The picture frames are DIY dry erase boards. I had some picture frames I had picked up years ago at the dollar store (I think they were supposed to be for Hubby’s certificates from school/work. Shhh, don’t tell him). I just put some scrap book paper in them. They work better than I could have hoped!
The rug was left over from my daughter’s kindergarten days. I did end up switching it out for a smaller, black, nubby, rubber mat I had sitting in the garage. I figured it was better for catching drips from rain and snow.
Close up of the dry erase boards:
I do want to add a cork board above for pinning those important papers to.
EDIT: I found a cork board when we were moving. I had forgotten it was my previous attempt to keep school papers orderly, so I gave it to my son. He wasn’t really using it, so he very nicely told me I could take it back. I had originally wanted to do separate cork boards for each kid, but decided this was cheaper (as in, FREE) and easier. Here’s an updated pic.
Please ignore the clutter on the counter/table. That is the next project on my list. Well, right after hanging a shelf in my kitchen, making a paint chip dry erase board, and possibly making jewelry displays.
Total cost for the project? FREE!! Can’t beat that!
If you did need to purchase supplies, I’d bet you can pick up everything you’d need for fairly cheap. Check out the dollar store and garage sales.
The only thing I would change is the hangers on the picture frames. There’s only one on the center of the frame. It does make writing on them a little unstable. I may end up adding a 2nd hanger to make things easier for me. But otherwise I am super pleased with the result!
What do you think? Is this something you would try? Have any suggestions to make school clutter easier to manage?
Maybe I should make something similar for keeping track of craft projects, blog posts, etsy sales, etc.
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