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Entryway-Organizer How-To

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.

Photography: Lucas Allen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2014


Adding the shallow shelf along the bottom and the brass rod across the front helps corral files, folders, and envelopes that are too bulky for a tack or pin.


Framed corkboard, by the Board Dudes, 22" by 35", $16,
White cork fabric, $52.50 a 1/2 yd.,
Gooseneck brackets, 1", $2.50 for 2,
Brass-plated steel rod, from $18,
Brass-plated cup hooks, by Everbilt, 1", $1.25 for 2,

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  • Drill and bit

  • Bulletin board

  • Wooden board, 1 by 2 inches, cut to interior width of bulletin board

  • Wood screws

  • Paint (in desired color) and paintbrush

  • White cork fabric (optional)

  • Multipurpose spray adhesive, such as 3M Super 77 (optional)

  • 2 sets of gooseneck brackets

  • #4 screws, 1/2 inch

  • Brass-plated steel rod, 3/8 inch, cut to fit distance between brackets

  • Cup hooks, 1 inch


  1. With drill, create 3 evenly spaced pilot holes through back of bulletin board and into edge of wooden board. Using pilot holes as guides, screw wooden board to bulletin board.

  2. Paint bulletin board frame. Let dry. Optional: Cut fabric to fit inside dimensions of frame. Apply spray adhesive to fabric, align along top of frame, and press into place.

  3. With a pencil, lightly mark 4 inches up from shelf on each side. Using mark as guide, screw in 1 bracket. Slide one end of rod into bracket. Cap other end of rod with other bracket; screw into place.

  4. Spacing evenly, screw cup hooks into underside of shelf.

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