Thursday, August 8, 2013

Homework Central for Around $10!

It is back to school in the Moon house and we have two in school this year! I noticed right off the bat that my nice, tidy house turned into a whirlwind of backpacks and papers the moment the kids walked through the door.

That was NOT going to work for me.

 I had set up a little hook and white board system at our old house, but that just wasn't going to cut it, so I hit Pinterest for some inspiration. There were dozens of great Pins that basically consisted of the same things: A backpack hook, a place for papers, and a dry erase board.

We're on a budget, so my first stop was my favorite place: The Target dollar section. I picked up two black and white clip boards to hold assignments, a matching dry erase board with a marker, and two tin pails with chalkboard decals. The grand total was a whopping $5! While I was there I picked up a tri-fold project board for $2.50. My next stop was Dollar Tree where I grabbed a small dry erase board and a plastic pocket from the school supply section. I already had two adhesive wall hooks in my stash.

The backpack/homework station is pretty self explanatory. I hung the clipboards, dry erase board and hooks near the back door in our kitchen, and set the tins nearby. I also added some wall pockets we picked up from Ikea for around $4 last winter.

I made a quick homework "cubical" with the tri-fold board, and attached the pocket and dry erase board to the sides with hot glue. This was literally a two minute project that cost under $5.

There you have it. A project that cost around $10 and took less than 20 minutes to set up will save me hours of nagging my kids to clean up their school stuff and help them stay on track for the school year.

My original Pinspirations were found here:
Backpack center
Homework space

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