School paperwork and homework organization is every parent’s challenge! I didn’t realize until we were a few weeks into Kindergarten! We desperately needed some place to hold her homework folder and other in-progress paperwork. This is what I came up with!
So, here is the background on all the issues it solves – I built Mi her desk for her birthday (pictures here). The top opens up for storage underneath. With all her stuff – pen holders, marker boxes, books etc on the top, the underneath storage was wasted. Anytime she would open it to get something, everything on top would come tumbling down…
I researched the web and as usual my first stop, Ana White (the genius) had a solution for me – this wall organizer. Based on her idea, I came up with my version to make a simple desk organizer that stayed off the desk to keep her important papers and folders at hand and also get all her stuff off the top of her desk.
The best part is – I used scraps and an old shelf and the only cost was the hooks. The old shelf I have had been laying around for about 7 years…it belonged to an Ikea organizer (seen used as a bed side table). As you see, it had been stained and tested for paint at some point in its garage life. Yes!! I save everything! 😉
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Materials need for DIY Homework station –
- Old Shelf for the back. If you don’t have that, you can use more scraps – 1″ x 8″ or 1″ x 10″ or even some 3/4″ plywood cut to the size you need for the back.
- 2 “x 4” scrap boards – sides, the tops cut at 45 degrees.
- 1″ x 3″ scrap boards- for the bottom
- 1″ x 4″ scrap boards- front rail.
- 1 1/4″ spax wood screws
- Wood glue
- Large cup hooks or key hook like I used.
- wood putty
- paint of your choice
How to make DIY Desk Organizer and homework station-
I am not giving you the measurements, because I have no idea what they measure… I just used the shelf and marked out what I needed.
Step 1 : If you don’t have a shelf like me, you can with a 3/4″ plywood for the backing with a size depending on your space or you could even build the shelf like mine.
Step 3: Attach the bottom of the shelf with wood glue and countersunk screws from the back and from the two sides.
Step 4: Paint it! I used a pink paint from my endless collection of oops paints.
Step 5: Add a quote or a monogram if you like.
I had picked “Do something amazing”. I even printed it out and was ready to trace it. But Mi was home sick from school that day and she totally vetoed it! She wanted me to write ” Do your best”. Its like their motto in class. I tried to explain the difference in the depth of meaning of the two quotes… but well, as you see she won because – its what Ms. Lee says!
Step 6: Add the hooks. Home depot was out of the single prong hooks or large cup hooks I had in mind. I ended up buying a key hook set and took apart the hooks. I am actually happy it ended up this way because I like the look of these hooks better and they turned out cheaper than the other ones I was looking for.
Here is the final (non)desk organizer mounted on the wall above Mi’s desk. The buckets are from Target’s dollar spot and I just noticed as I was editing these pictures that they are not the same size! The upper slot will hold her workbooks and other paperwork and all her markers, pencils and crayons can be off the desk, in the buckets and within reach. Also, if she needs them some place else, she can just take the bucket with her.
The top of her desk is finally clear and now she can use the space underneath too!
How do you organize all the paperwork? Do you have a desk organizer that you use for your kids? Do share in the comments below.