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I am so excited to share something exciting and new here at Our house now a home. I am sharing one project I did, and you get 14 other projects to peruse as well. See it is like buy one and getting 14 free. If you bought one to begin with, which you did not. But, you get what I am saying. I was asked to take part in a back to school blog hop from Erin and Emily from Elizabeth Joan designs. They got together with a group of crazy talented people to share some back to school tips, and somehow decided I should be one of them. So honored!
It is hard to believe, and I am still in denial, but school is just around the corner. The lazy days of summer are getting less and less. I cringe when I think of the craziness that is mornings and getting kids off to school.
This year I will have all three in some form of school. Nora in first grade, Caleb in preK, and Gavin in a preK3 program. So the chaos will be amplified here at Our home. When Erin and Emily asked me to take part in this my brain automatically went to morning simplifying. And it just popped into my head, shadowbox. Well my mind really went, back to school…. crazy mornings…. stressed Mommy….. organization….. lunch, homework, clothes…..ah, SHADOWBOX! Like most, I think you can see how I got to this idea, right?
So, off to Menards (our go to home improvement store) for some wood. I chose a pine, 8 foot long board. The size of the shadow box needed to be big enough to hold folders, and clothes. But not too big and bulky that it would be awkward to have on a wall. So the dimensions I decided on are 16”x15” with 7 inch deep shadow box..
|your project is only as good as your assistant. Gavin is a pro assistant. Notice his toy saw|
|there was a little bit of saw dust, a tad bit|
Notice our neat and meticulous look of Our home does not extend to the garage. This is our work shop, and it is a mess of stuff and projects right now. Please ignore all background clutter. We are not hoarders, just messy when we work.
I should add I hung this up by simply putting in a large screw into the wall and setting the box on it. There are a ton of ways you can choose to attach this to the wall.
See, right by the kitchen table. AKA, homework central. Now Nora can unload her stuff from school. Set any folders in the box, we can get it out, work on it and then have it all ready to go in the morning.
I can make her lunch and instead of me having to put it in her backpack, she can. When she is loading up her other stuff in goes the lunch box too. Seriously though, how cute is this lunch box?
I can’t believe we have started a countdown to back to school. I know they say that as you get older time flies, well they are right. Whoever “they” is should have found a way to help me enjoy the slower pace when I was younger. Now I find myself playing catch up all the time. Hopefully, this shadow box will help me and maybe you (yes you) simplify at least one thing. The dreaded morning routine. Clothes for the day, lunch box, folder, and coat, check and all in one place. There for little hands to grab and get ready for school all by themselves. Yay for independence! Now I just need to find a way to be Ok with the fact that one day, all too soon my kids wont need any help getting ready. But for now, this shadowbox helps for my one Little who is off to first grade.