I came across a store called Terry's Fabrics when looking for some fabric for a new project. The website is like a fabric lovers dream, with lots of gorgeous fabrics and colours to choose from. After a little debate I plumped for a lovely Lime Green Dotty Fabric. I wasn't disappointed when it arrived, great quality and a really perfect weight - great for any diy decor projects around the home. Would make amazing curtains.
Originally I had a few projects in mind involving our outdoor space, but as we are now entering the tail end of Summer I thought it would be more appropriate to freshen up our organisation station in readiness for back to school next week.
We have an expedit shelving unit, with storage bins where we keep shoes and other paraphernalia, perfect for sitting on and putting on or taking off shoes, where they can be easily stored away. But little bottoms need comfort, so we'd had a piece of wood cut to size at the diy store and I'd ordered a piece of foam to match. For this new project, I removed the old fabric, which was actually an old duvet cover and wasn't really sturdy enough for this type of bottom-traffic! I then cut the new dotty fabric to size with my rotary cutter, leaving a a couple of inches excess all the way around. Then with the help of my hub, we pulled the fabric taught over the foam and wood and stapled it with a staple gun to the wood. The whole thing was then placed on top of the expedit to make a colourful, comfy bench.
I really love how it brightens up the area, a little zing may help us get motivated in the mornings!
And it goes perfectly with my outdoor cushions and throw (which I bring inside, away from the elements when not in use outside.) I think though, that I will swap out the green bins for the turquoise ones...
...They compliment the lime much better! To make the handles on the bins, you simply punch holes, attach eyelets, thread through a piece of cord and knot either end. Voila - perfect for little hands to grab ahold of!
Here are a few pictures of my organisation station (excuse the poor photos - lighting is an issue in this area.)
A motivational piece of wall art, a mirror and a few pots to hold pens, a hairbrush etc. All sits on top of a combined shelf / hook unit...
...which houses little tubs to keep the children's snack money and other little bits and bobs.
And each of the older children have a hook to hang their raincoats, lunch boxes or backpacks.
I also keep 2 clipboards here a 'To Do' one to keep forms that need to be filled in and returned, and a 'Shop' list, easily to hand to jot down things needed to buy.
I also have a menu printable, (can't find the link - will edit when I do), covered with a piece of clear acetate plastic, so that I can write this week's menu, then wipe clean and start again. (I must admit, I am not very good at keeping on top of this - but I plan to be more organised again, once the kiddos are back in school!)
Oh and a gentle reminder to put on my smile before I leave the house!
So that's our little area, I really love it and how it helps the kiddos make a prompt exit in the mornings!
How do you get organised in the mornings, would love a few extra tips :)
I still have lots of fabric leftover - so watch this space for a few more projects soon. (It is also a similar green to the one I plan to use in the boys room, along with teal, orange and browns. If you look in the first pic, you will see my colour inspiration - the fabric is sat on some contact paper in the perfect colours!)
Right off to make a start on the next project.