The School Station

This year Master O started school.  With the anxiety and adventure came a whole lot of stuff!  School bags, musical instruments, homework folders, library bags,  and a whole trail of notes and artwork!  

I had predicted the trail of paper and before school started I created a “School File It Folder“. This folder is already brimming with newsletters, rosters, tuckshop menus and fee statements.

But that only took care of the paper, what about the rest of the stuff!  

I could have gone for a whole “Launch Pad” but I didnt have the budget and I really wanted this to be a specific space for school items.  

I needed one place;

  • A place to store the “File It Folder”
  • Storage for School Bag, Library Bag, Homework Bag, Violin
  • A place to store artwork
  • The place to be concealed to create a clutter free look
  • A place to store his VERY expensive formal hat!
  • Budget Friendly under $50
ENTER THE SCHOOL STATION

 

 

We purchased this set of STUVA drawers form IKEA.  It was free!!!  Well actually we had vouchers form the purchase of our “Great Wall of IKEA” (they had a earn $25 for every $100 spent deal) I liked them because they were sturdy, white and had a huge bottom drawer! 

On top of the drawers we repurposed one of “Seasonal Stations” to hold an A3 Art folder ($3 form The Reject Shop) the File it Folder and stationary.

The top drawer stores

Top Drawer; Homework Bag, Library Bag, Baby Books and Label Maker.

Second Drawer; Hat and Lunch Bag. (Lunch Bag upside down for Privacy)

Bottom Drawer; School Bag and Violin (School Bag upside down for Privacy!)

This “station” has been working beautifully.  Everything is stored in a place that is easy to find, but away from little eyes and hands (Little Miss A).  Everyone (The nanny, The Hubby, The Mummy and Master O) knows where everything goes and where everything is making the morning and afternoon routine easier for everyone.

The concealed storage means the house is not over run by school gear and it is discretely hidden away leaving the house clutter free.

One area down, one hundred to go!

 

Comments

  1. Oh my Lord you are so organised! I need to take a leaf out of your book. Well done you 🙂

  2. Looks great. We have a set-up for preschool bags at home – but it is nothing like yours! So good when you find something that works for you.

  3. Our system is currently bags hanging on the back of the door, and a folder for notes. Lunchboxes live in the kitchen and school hats stay at school. It’s not the best, but it’s working for the moment!

  4. What a great idea! Looks fantastic.

  5. Looks good! We too wanted our school stuff out of sight. I ended up installing hooks inside our pantry – so Mr 4’s hat, library bag & school bag go in there. Thankfully no musical instruments to store at the moment!

  6. I like your idea of just focussing on one space at a time. I think I try to do the whole house at once and then get overwhelmed. We have a system of sorts working for the schoolbag area but certainly not as organised as yours. Great ideas!

  7. Oh Wow! You are so super organised. We have this nook near our entrance where the kids can hang their bags…guess what? They NEVER used it! Am so upset! Instead, Master 6 leaves his bag right in front of the door, Miss 10 & 8 leaves their’s next to their study table, which is ok, except for the fact that sometimes Miss 8’s is near a thoroughfare, just nice for us to trip over. :S

  8. So clever!! What a great idea!!

  9. Looks great – love that storage. Our kids put everything out themselves but it is in different places (bag and hat behind their doors, lunchboxes in the pantry, drink bottle to me, library bags and books in their rooms…) REALLY wish i had a free wall in an entry area to create a full launch pad type set up

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