How have you all been handling the new school year? I know a few of you have been at it for a few weeks, and others (like us) just started. Dale and I are already school parent slackers. Guys, we did not even get through the first day before we began relaxing on our well meant school year plans. We are big on packing healthy lunches for the kids. We are not crazy about the hot lunch options at school. Last night we finally got around to packing lunches around 11pm, after a long discussion of us thinking hot lunch might be the way to go. Nothing against them, just for us we prefer giving our kids food we know they will eat, and we know it is healthy. However, this year is long. Just started and already we were pretty much doing the very mature rock, paper, scissors over who would get their lazy booty off of the couch to make it. We do not even have homework, spelling words, or extracurricular activities thrown into the mix yet. Ugh…..
Speaking of extracurricular and school, are we all ready for the chaos that is the school year? We have this huge and amazing organization station in a portion of our laundry room. A small mudroom nook of sorts. It has got the school organizing things down. We have a place for coats, shoes, backpacks, homework, notes, anything school related. There is still a few things lacking in this set u. I know, hard to believe considering that this is a fairly large area. We needed a schedule, one I could see at all times. I have everything in our life organized in my calendar on my phone. But, I am a visual person. I also wanted to have something that Nora and eventually the boys can read to see what is going on as well.
I am sure all of you home decor blogging friends and fans of home decor know where this is going. I put myself to work this weekend. In the middle of finishing the laundry room and the boy’s bedroom. I created a massive family command center. The above picture is these wonderfully perfect baskets I purchased from Target. I did not have a plan for them. It was simply love at first sight in the aisles of Target. You all understand. It happens all the time. These beauties came in these bright colors, and were numbered in the exact amount of kids I have. It was as if the decorating fairies created these baskets for me to come across, fate. It was fate.
I moved them around, tried them out in our study, walked around with them. Then smack dab in the middle of me working on this new command center, it hit me. Of course. Baskets, family organization, and command centers. It was so obvious. I am so excited to share this newest project with you all! I am currently taking pictures and writing it all up. I had hoped to have it done today for you all. However, our hallway is dark. I needed to wait until I could have as much natural light as possible streaming into it. I can do some editing, but nothing beats good ‘ole Mr. Sun. I finally got the beautiful streams of light I needed to make this photo shoot happen.
I am beyond excited about this project. It was never intended to happen. But, it all came together so well. I mean, who in their right mind undertakes another small project while in the middle of two really big projects? Me, that is who. I also have you a big clue to this reveal. This command center is smack dab in the middle of our hallway. It seems strange to put something so big, and potentially dis-organized in such a small space. It all works, and works well.
I also just hinted at another large project we are working on. For a lot of you there is one room in my home that has not seen too much action on the blog. That is my boy’s bedroom. We have the decorating 90% done, just finishing up a huge project. It is big, literally! This has been years in the making and we are finally in the home stretch of this big built in bunk bed job. The above picture is how it looked a while ago. But, this give you the idea of the scope of this project. Also how amazing it will be once done. See, we are always working on way too many projects at once.
So today this is just a quick update on the happenings in my home. I have a lot of projects getting finished up, pictures to take and posts to write. I just need about 1 week total of alone time, uninterrupted and it all should be done in no time. Totally doable, right? I mean I now have a organization station and a command center. That is a double whammy of family organization. I can make this happen.