School is back in session and for parents that means book bags, notebooks, muddy shoes, sports gear, homework, and the rest of the odds and ends that turn even the neatest house into chaos. Fall is the perfect time to put an end to the mess and devise a system for organization, whether it’s a place to store soccer balls and cleats or an area for coats and shoes. Don’t have kids? The crisp weather is conducive to starting fresh. Here are a few ideas to keep clutter at bay and start fall off on the right foot:
This sunny, kid-friendly mudroom features cubbies lined against the wall. There’s space for school bags, shoes, coats, plus bins and drawers for smaller items. It’s a great way to make sure that mud isn’t tracked through the house.
This fun art/homework station for kids will make homework seem like less of a chore. Painted pegboards are perfect for hanging baskets and containers for storage. Two cabinets were added to the sides of the desk to hold even more supplies.
Baskets hold snacks and vintage jars house a variety of ingredients. Use labels and meal-time will be a little easier.
Retrofit a birdcage into a mail organizer. Remove some wires from the front and create a few shelves to nix your pile of papers. Junk mail, bills, permission slips, stamps, and stationary will have a unique, stylish home.
Even if you’re unable to tame your to-do list, at least it will look good! This DIY magnetic organization board is made from a thrift store frame, magnetic metal, a sheet of decorative radiator covering, and a coat of spray paint. It’s attached to the inside of the pantry door and can be hidden at will. For a DIY tutorial click on the link above.
This home office is decked out with a chalkboard wall calendar. The whole wall was painted with black chalkboard paint. The squares were created by mixing in white chalkboard paint to create different shades of lighter gray. Aside from the six weeks of squares, memos and schedules can be written anywhere. For a tutorial, see the link above.
If the whole family now gets up early, streamline the morning routine with an organized closet. This homeowner bought inexpensive canvas organizers and glued felt words on them. No more rustling through bins or baskets. All of the toiletries are separated into groups and labeled.
The West Elm Pivot Storage Bed Frame is genius. While it appears that it’s not currently available, the mattress lifts up to reveal a large, hidden storage space. Bed linens, pillows, and seasonal items can be stashed away and easily retrieved.
What are your plans for organizing your space this autumn? Any great tips or tricks?