BACK TO SCHOOL ORGANIZATION | MINI-COMMAND CENTER

I don’t know if it’s just that it’s summer, or that I’m inherently disorganized, but I’ve been feeling like life is a little chaotic and this past week, something snapped and I’d had enough of chaos and disorganization. It’s been a little quiet around here, but that’s because instead of projects, I’ve been slowing down, and cleaning out. At the risk of sounding cheesy, it’s really been so freeing and liberating, and enlightening, so I’ll be writing more about it soon, but today, a little step in making life a bit more organized–a sort of mini-command center if you will. On top of everything, my little one is starting her first year of preschool this year, and although I know the workload won’t be crazy, it means a new schedule for us, so having things as organized as possible should make life run just a little more smoothly.


I’ve mentioned on one or two occasions that wall space around here is limited, so I needed something compact and discreet, but totally functional. A vintage dresser I already had (and that will be refinished at some point) fit perfectly in this space and added lots of extra storage for art and craft supplies, games, etc. A basket I picked up for $0.50 at the thrift store and some votive holders from IKEA, with a little ombre spray paint action (I wish I could take credit for that brilliance, but I originally happened on the idea here) holds pencils, pens, and paint brushes–the things we use often and I feel like I’m constantly looking for.

On the wall, some clipboards that I dressed up (tutorial tomorrow) to hold some of my very favorite free organization printables: a calendar from Jasmine Dowling and a weekly to do list (which I use ALL THE TIME) from one of my favorite blogs to stalk, A Pair of Pears. A smaller version of my embroidery hoop bulletin board works perfectly for notes and pictures, and of course, my favorite piece of art, which may look familiar–I’ve said before, stuff around here moves quite a bit.

And finally, since this little organization space sits right inside of our garage door, a little something to catch keys and sunglasses (tutorial here) and a magazine file from Target (I’m so obsessed with these that I bought like five of them) to hold mail, notebooks, and school papers. 

Would you call yourself an organized person? I’d love to know some of your favorite tips and tricks!!

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