The school permission slip. The envelope that needs to be posted. This back-door bulletin board organizes all of that -- and saves you precious time in the last-minute scramble as you head out the door. Ours is a basic store-bought corkboard that’s been painted and outfitted with a ledge and rod (to hold larger mail), plus cup hooks (for keys). Keep the family’s monthly calendar here, too, for at-a-glance reminders of doctor appointments and meetings.
There’s always a lot going on in the kitchen -- collected recipes to try, grocery lists to write, maybe a postcard from a favorite restaurant. (The downside of many stainless steel refrigerators: Magnets don’t stick.) The panel here is a wooden art board, available at art-supplies stores; we customized it with a metal sheet to hold magnets and coated it with chalkboard paint for jotting down notes. Leather straps are used to hang it, and as a sleeve to keep a piece of chalk within easy reach.
More is more when it comes to kids’ creativity: They’re prolific artists -- and they work on a larger scale. (They would never settle for 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper when 11-by-17-inch is on offer.) In the playroom at Martha’s, a double-height bulletin board made from Homasote -- an affordable fiberboard used for soundproofing -- covered with fabric provides ample space for art by her grandchildren, Jude and Truman, as well as by visiting friends.
The family command center gets a modern upgrade thanks to Day-Glo Plexiglas. A sturdy pegboard base proves perfectly suited for sorting mail, displaying photos, and storing small items. Watch the full how-to.
A home is a place of comfort -- a nest you return to from the outside world. But any busy home looks and runs better when rooms are streamlined and organized. Using clever and stylish principles, adding color and character along with space for storage and display is simple.