Back last July, I promised to share the ingenious plan I had come up with for storing my massive amounts of “teacher stuff” in our art room – especially the bulletin board sets and borders. So finally, over a year later, just in time for back to school time, it’s complete. And let me just say, I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
First of all, I thought to hang all my pocket charts and the bulletin board sets I use the most often from pants hangers in the closet in the bedroom we use as our art room. It makes them so easy to find and keeps them from getting crumpled or creased or ruined. The only trick I learned the hard way is that when hanging heavier bulletin board sets, be sure to put them in bags with handles so that you can loop the handles around the hangers for added support. Otherwise they may all end up on the floor over time!
Now for my favorite part – my hanging borders. We installed Elfa Utility Tracks from the Container Store on the front wall of the closet and put several Elfa Utility Accessory Hooks on them. Then I took Stainless Steel Wire Clothespins also from the Container Store (after a lot of searching, these were the only clips I could find that were both strong enough to hold the borders and also big enough to fit over the hooks) and clipped them to the ends of the borders. I can’t even begin to tell you how much easier this makes finding the borders when I need them each month!
The bulletin boards and borders that didn’t fit in the closet and don’t get used as often ended up inside a beautiful window seat my dad built. They are out of sight but still easily accessible.
And while we are on the subject of the window seat, did you happen to notice the darling pillows and scrap valence my mom made for our art room? I found the idea for the scrap valence on Pinterest and absolutely love it in our art room. I also made a matching scrap lamp (another Pinterest idea) and scrap picture frame hangers to go with it .
And as long as I’m showing off stuff in our art room, I’ll share my other latest creation: a crayon lamp. The fillable lamp (and the crayons for that matter) are from Target. It’s the perfect lamp for a room all about art!
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this tour of our art room and maybe gotten some ideas of your own! And hopefully you aren’t too horrified by the huge amounts of “stuff” (aka valuable educational materials) teachers accumulate over the years. (I won’t even mention all the boxes of “stuff” not in use this school year currently packed away in our garage storage area…)