Monday, May 12, 2008
I'm obsessed with getting organized...primarily, because I never seem to stay that way for long. When I find something that really works, I know it's worth sharing. I have two children and a very creative house...this means a lot of craft supplies and many lovely things to display. Creating a system that could rotate art and be accessible to everyone was key. Introducing... "gallery clip boards". I'm a big fan of traditional pegboard because it's so darn easy...no drilling involved. They come in easy to manage 2x4 ft. sheets at Lowes. Simply painted in a favorite color and adorned with bulldog clips and an elastic band, this has been a lasting solution to the paper madness. Both the clips and bands are attached with a screw, nut and washer. My older child can rotate his art, my youngest can't pull it down. My little one has so many treasures and folded paper pieces; she loves tucking them into the elastic strap all by herself and surprising me. I've also put two magnetic boards beneath for her to manage and update with her tiny creations. Here's a little corner of the children's studio right off the main room of our home. We all find it very inviting and orderly.
In addition, these giant clipboards can be customized for any room in the house. Unlike a traditional cork board, papers stay in their zone, rather than all over the place. Add more clips or bands depending on your needs.
- mudroom: a family communication wall
- art studio: a new kind of inspiration board
- kitchen: smaller one for meal planning
- home office: a clip designated for each project/task/day of the week
If you've been reading along, you've heard me mention Mama Goose, the expanding children's resale shop I'm doing design consultation for. In retail, finding unique ways to organize and display merchandise is key. We will be using the "clipboards" to hang packaged toys neatly and uniformly and a board of straps for corralling softies. For more info about Mama Gooses' move (or to learn about my role in all of it), check out the new blog dedicated to their expansion project by clicking here.