School mornings are chaos in this house. Missing shoes, dirty socks and chewed reading books. Uneaten breakfast, spilt drinks and needy children. But I’ve realised I’m getting it all wrong. The girls are craving independence, so for this month’s Bostik Blogger craft, they’ve created a storage device to give them just that.
Upcycling a storage unit into a back to school organiser
We’ve had an old storage unit gathering dust for a while now. I didn’t want to throw it away because if there’s one thing we do need, it’s storage. And over the last few days, I’ve been doing my best to give Libby a bit more independence. She thrives on it, desperate to be useful.
So I decided that when she went back to school, it was time for her to take responsibility for getting everything ready each day. That way if she forgets anything, it’s a life lesson, rather than a 30 minute round trip for me to drop it off. But she’s not ready to get all her clothes together herself and remember all the things she needs to take each day. And that’s where the organiser comes in.
What you will need
- A storage unit with drawers or boxes
- One A4 piece of paper or card
- Blu tack
- Decorations (optional)
- We cleaned out our old storage unit inside and out so it was ready to upcycle
- Cut the A4 paper or card into eight pieces
- Label them with the days of the week plus one marked, ‘Extras’
- Put two dots of blu tack onto the back of each piece of paper or card
- Stick them onto the drawers
- Decorate the storage unit as desired
- Fill with clothes and essential items for each day of the week, plus extras as required
Both girls are incredibly excited about their new-found independence. Each morning they get up, get their clothes from the drawer and get dressed. The clothes are placed in earlier in the week, so there’s no issue with deciding what to wear. Jumpers go in the extras drawer so they can grab them if they need them.
On a practical level, this gives me a significant amount more time each morning. I can work while they’re getting dressed and I don’t have to run around looking for things. It takes about twenty minutes for me to fill it up each week with Libby’s help and doing it in advance forces me to be more organised. How do you get organised for school each morning, do you use a similar system?