Since school started almost two weeks ago, I have been feeling inundated by school papers, notices, backpacks, homework, band instruments, lunch boxes and all of the other stuff that comes home from school each day.
I've been considering ways to corral the clutter, and of course, I dream of having a huge mudroom with everything perfectly organized. Since this isn't happening in my home, I've been looking at ways to turn a small, unused hallway into a mudroom/family launch pad area.
I've rounded up some of my favorites from Pinterest.
I originally thought about building a bench with storage underneath. I had never considered putting bins on a low shelf. I like it!!! And, so much less work than figuring out how to build a storage bench.
With the amount of paperwork that comes home from school, file folders are essential. I'm thinking one per child that can hold their homework for the week and other important notices.
Each child will need a place to hang her backpack and coat. Rather than bulletin boards above each hook, this is where I will put the file folders.
I'm picturing an Ikea Billy shelf for the wall as well. The girls can stash their gloves, library books, instruments, etc.
Other elements I want are:
- A calendar.
- A chalk board (I already have one I can use) - this can be for meal planning, grocery lists, and important reminders.
Here are a couple of other nicely organized spaces.
I'm sure you've seen these Ikea hacks, but I still love them and think they are so smart and stylish.
I think a trip to Ikea is in my future! Unfortunately, the closest Ikeas are both 5 hours away. Luckily, I have a trip planned to Denver (but not until the end of September). My oldest daughter, the gymnast, and I are going to see the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions - a performance by this year's gold-medal gymnastics team as well as former Olympians.