Organizing Good Things 2004, Special Issue 2004
Convert the top half of a bookcase into a message and display center by covering the back surface with Homasote fiberboard wrapped in linen. Metal clips hold permission slips for school events and can also be used for artwork, family photographs, or pen-pal letters. Meanwhile, books can be held in place by a tension curtain rod.
Compartmentalized plastic trays, available at hardware stores, contain art and school supplies and can be carried to the desk when needed.
Finally, a safe step stool makes it easy to put everything back in place.
A basic, store-bought bookcase can become the stay-organized center for a child's entire school year with a few simple adjustments.