|designsponge via pinterest.com|
...it all. If I could just remember that I know nothing (except laundry, cooking, and coughing up money), life would be good for all of us.
Or perhaps I should just retreat to a little darling Airstream in the backyard, like this one.
I could deal....
But my kids - and my Hero - probably wouldn't last three days. Not to mention Duchess.
So here are some organizing ideas for all the school clutter to come. If you're a crafter or a writer or a mom with busy preteens, tweens, and teens, these are some great ideas for you. Some are repeats of favorites I've posted already ( everybody must have clipboards on their walls by now! ), some are new, but all of them are doable with thrifted buys or upcycled items.
These laminate cubes are availble at every department store, as are the canvas bins that fit inside. A hollow core door from the home store makes a good worksurface if you have the space; otherwise, any plywood surface will do. Cover it with a large vinyl tablecloth, stapled to the bottom to make the edges neat, and you've got a wipeable, inexpensive surface that can be replaced easily.
If your cans or jars are big enough, they'll also file notepads.
It's a drawer! Glue cork to the bottom, ...er, back, and cover again with pretty fabric to make a shadowbox bulletin board.
|Kitchen storage ideas from houzz.com|
Ikea rails system from poppytalk blog. Simple and clean and space saving for a kitchen or laundry room office spot.
nom-nom-nom.tumblr.com, and the bottom is from a crafter on houzz.com. I made my own version of the bottom one using a thrifted frame (empty and ornate) and attaching the wire with a staple gun. Easy Peasy!
The Classic Clipboards Idea: One tip: Use a level! This idea is most effective in tight spaces and small walls. Tutorial on making 'CutiePatootie Clipboards at http://christyscuties.blogspot.com/2011/08/cutie-patootie-clipboard.html.
I don't know the answer to my teens' attitudes. I'll be deep in thought, and in walks one who needs to talk about his day, or another who can't find the junque food he prefers. So, I believe I'm going to talk my Hero into building me a gazebo like Mark Twain's, just to get away from it all:
Blazona MD100 from treehugger.com
MyHomeIdeas.com Michael Pelkey's Key West Cottage
Which one is YOUR favorite? The Airstream, the Blazona MD100 (from Michael Blazona, architect), or the Key West Guest Cottage?
More writers' retreats: http://www.bachelorsdegreeonline.com/blog/2011/20-most-awe-inspiring-writers-rooms/
15 Modern Sheds: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/09/garden-shed-roundup.php
Loft and porch spaces : http://www.poteetarchitects.com/loftporch/5.html
A bientot!butterfly boards