Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Backpack, Backpack!"

Ok, so you might only be able to appreciate the video clip below if you have had or currently have children that were completely obsessed with Dora the Explorer at one point in their dear little lives. I'm pretty sure any adult that has endured that kind of trauma needs to enter a recovery group...ASAP! I mean the map song alone can cause your head to spin and then there is "the backpack!" 

 

The trauma I feel over years of Dora (thank goodness my kids have moved on!) is the closest thing that I could of think of to describe the craziness that I have felt when it came to the numerous backpacks in our home!

Sure this probably could have been a back to school organization post back in August but who has time to think of backpack hanging solutions when you are filling out first day of school surveys, making sure your kids have pants for the Fall that don't look like capris and spending hours looking for color specific folders that you were suppose to get your preschoolers but couldn't find because you stalled too long and now every store you enter is SOLD OUT.

Does it make sense why my "un-word" of the year was overwhelmed?

I have no shame in admitting that our backpacks have been gracing the coat closet floor or thrown really anywhere on the living room floor up until this point. It did drive me a bit batty, and I've been feeling less overwhelmed these days so I decided it was time to tackle..."the backpacks!"

...in February.

While window shopping for dining room chairs in World Market I picked out some fun knobs in various colors and details.

world market knobs

We purchased some wood from Home Depot, cut them to the size we needed to fit the space and anchor into wall studs (Home Depot will also cuts boards right in the store for you), caulked the edges and then I got to painting with one coat of primer and two coats of white paint.

backpack hanging solution with knobs

Problem solved!

knobs for hanging backpacks

This was kind of a dead space as you walked down the basement stairs. By going vertical we had plenty of space for everyone to have a knob. I guess one of our space saving tips has been going vertical when it comes to figuring out how to store multiple things...like shoes and pantry items.

hanging backpacks

It may be February but our backpacks have finally found a permanent home...love is certainly in the air!

What system works for you to hang items like backpacks, purses or those random items that need a home?

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11 comments:

  1. that dora short was hilarious!!!!! love your hooks. love you:)

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    1. Sierra,

      Right?!? Love that video...love you!

      ~Sarah

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  2. My daughter doesn't start kindergarten for another year and a half and I was already worring about where we were going to put her back pack. I'm so excited about this idea!

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    1. Bee,

      So glad you think it might help!

      ~Sarah

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  3. Now that you have used it for awhile, do you find that the door doesn't open all the way? I ask because we have a similar spot near our door to the garage.

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    1. Great question! We actually don't regularly use that side door that is showing. Depending on how much stuff is in the backpacks it could possibly hinder the door from opening all of the way but we seem to still have plenty of room to get in and out if needed.

      ~Sarah

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  4. I did something similar at our entryway. It was great.. until the hook strap broke off my son's backpack. ..if only I knew how to sew. ;) We just hang it by the arm strap, doesn't look as nifty, but it's OFF THE FLOOR!

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  5. Such a perfect idea for backpacks and bags. I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

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  6. I'm helping my son raise 3 of my grandkids, and I've wondered what to do with their backpacks for a year, this post came up at a wonderful time they just started back to school, love this idea, don't know as I'll do the fancy knobs, i don't know if they'd last with this crew, but great idea, I wish when my kids were younger we had the internet to share ideas, and learn from one another.

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