Another project that I wanted to tackle was an area for the kids to keep their school things. The way our house is set up, there isn't really an area for one of those locket type school organizer things that are all over Pinterest.
Since school began, I had the kid's backpacks hung on a wreath hanger, just one on top of the other. Their jackets hung on the doorknob of the same door. And their school work went into my massive paperwork pile on our kitchen bookshelf.
I had heard about Command Hooks from a lot of organizing blogs that I read, so I was dying to use the ones that I picked up. I figured, using them to hang the kiddos backpacks would be perfect! I hung them low enough for the twins to be able to use them by themselves. I knew I wanted to put their names above their backpacks, but I was having trouble figuring out how I wanted to do it. Using wooden initial letters crossed my mind, but we are already using those in their bathroom. Then I thought wooden letter full names, but those are in their bedroom. Then I thought, 'Photos!' I searched my computer for a good face shot of them, but all the really good ones were being used in our living room! Then I remembered Photoshopping some chalk names that my Sister-in-Law had written back in 2010. I printed them, framed them and hung them up.
Every time I walked by the new area, I kept feeling like something was missing. So, I ran into my craft room, took down the cork board and hung it up above everything. On it, I hung their classroom news for the upcoming week, left a space for homework to be done, and then hung up their traffic light behavior chart from the week before. It all fit perfectly! One last sweep of the living room reminded me of their home behavior traffic light, so I moved it to their area and was done!
My grandmother had given me a rolling kitchen rack to use for all my baking supplies, but they were beginning to overflow on it. So I cleared it out and decided to use it for the girlies. The top has a tupperware container for their papers that come home. The first shelf is for home workbooks and classroom library books. The second shelf is empty until I can think of something useful for it. And the bottom shelf has their lunchboxes.
Here it is all together.