Our revamped and very organised school bag nook

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

We have revamped our school bag nook.  Last year I used hooks attached to a mdf letter.  I attached the letters to the wall with 3M tabs, these worked really well while the kids were in kindy, however their school bags get quite heavy and the wooden hooks gave way.

 I needed something sturdier so I removed the hooks from the wall, pulling the 3M tabs off ever so gently, but unfortunately 2 pulled paint away.  These tabs had been there for a good 3 years so I had a sneaking suspicion that it might happen.  This is where my Brother-in-law stepped in and helped me repair the holes ready for me to paint the wall.  I watched over him and know I can easily do it myself next time.  After the wall was repaired I washed it down to remove dust and dirt, then repainted it.  Strangely I enjoy painting walls, I find it therapeutic.

I purchased a strip of pine 20mm thick & 70mm high.  I painted the strip and the frames of a corkboard and whiteboard I wanted to add to the nook.  I taped newspaper over the whiteboard and corkboard.  Painted the frames using glossy white spray paint.

Added 4 hooks to the pine strip, then secured it to the wall with some very sturdy bolts.  I used 3M adhesive strips to place the hat rack and boards to the wall.  I really do LOVE 3M products and have no hesitation in continuing to use them around the home.  In fact it’s a post worthy in itself showing how I use them!

And here is the end result!

The school bag nook is in our hallway to the garage, a perfect place as it is hidden away and in a great position for the kids to pick up as they leave for school.

this hook will outlast their schooling!

I found this gorgeous rack at House and Garden last year, it was the basis of colouring everything white as I knew it would be a perfect addition to our bag nook.

I purchased the corkboard and whiteboard from The Reject Shop,$7 each!  This year I will use the corkboard to pin school notices, excursion letters. This ‘Things To Do’ board has been great, I draw a line down the middle and write a fortnight of dates, with my recent travels it has kept the kids up to date with what I am doing.  Will also be great for the all important school events through the year.

before and after shots

 Do you have a bag nook?  I would love to see a photo!

More school bag nook inspirations here

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Theimperfecthousewife January 12, 2012 - 5:44 AM

Not only is it totally organised, it looks stunning too. Well done. We aren’t at the school stage yet but I will file this idea away.

Cassandra Jed on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 5:45 AM

Looks super organised! I love it! xx

Katie Pyle on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 5:51 AM

Love it!

Meegan Stevenson on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 6:03 AM

Fabulous idea. Looks super organised.

Natalie Birt on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 6:11 AM

Love it!!! Am desperate for some ideas for a similar space for trolley bags

Nicole Richards Lowings January 12, 2012 - 6:16 AM

love it

Kristy_ree January 12, 2012 - 6:16 AM

My kids have a hook in their room, but i also have 5 hooks on the wall in the toyrom for they daycare kids…so much more organized!!!

Dallys Hutchison on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 6:16 AM

With 3 boys in school and a bub about to start daycare this is the solution I’ve been looking for for nearly 12 years (I’m no creative genius!) I’m selling my house soon so can’t wait to get this area set up in our new home. Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou!!!

KazF January 12, 2012 - 6:29 AM

The layout of our house and the fact that we are renting means that we don’t have such a great space (or internal access to the garage), pbt we have repurposed some Ikea Ivar shelves into a coat cupboard with hooks on the side for school bags – luckily there are only 2 of them. It’s in our entry foyer, so available to guests as well as us. I’d love to be able to have the pinboards and whiteboard next to it but no room, so they will have to live in the kitchen close to, but not next to my little desk.

Lyndall Johnston Leonard on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 6:29 AM

We had a big bag hook
Like that in a similar spot in our old house but Hubby hadn’t quite bolted it on right and it fell off the wall with holes left in the wall! Our hooks weren’t spaced across enough so it always looked messy and cramped. Trying to work out how I will do it thus time around in our new house. I like to have something for guests…. Maybe a separate traditional hat stand ( which I lurrrrrve). Thanks for your posts – they are awesome!!!

Julia Mustac on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 6:39 AM

Looks great, was the whiteboard already divided up like that or did you do it?

Debbie @ Aspiring Mum January 12, 2012 - 6:43 AM

I’ve been using an Ikea Expedit 2×4 cube with shoes and hats on one side and bags on the other. It lives in our laundry. But I’m wanting to do a rack to hang hats & bags on. I think it would be easier for the kids to manage. I also have a separate area next to our kitchen that works as the ‘school’ zone. The new look for your bags/hats is great!

Trudy George on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 6:43 AM

Fantastic Katrina. I love it. I just wish I didn’t just moved from Qld to Victoria last weekend into a rental. Very cold down here and very hot back in Ippy.

Rebecca Jane on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 7:07 AM

Looks fantastic soon you will be doing house visits to help all of us mummies get the house organised and running smoothly! I am now inspired to do my school bag area today 🙂

Waywad January 12, 2012 - 7:25 AM

I am doing one of these up this year. My idea is for each child to have a drawer each. That way they can put their school bag, hat and shoes in it. All 4 kids will have one and so will mum and dad. we all use bags and shoes so we all need a spot.

Tara @ Mum-ments January 12, 2012 - 7:30 AM

Oh Katrina this looks amazing!!! Its perfect! Master J us starting kindy soon and will definatly be finding a way to do something like this xxx

Kirsty Vani January 12, 2012 - 7:54 AM

it look great…well done. love the way using white paint transforms that area too.

Helen Annandale-James on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 7:55 AM

I just don’t have a spot for that… as gorgeous as it is. I need to find a spot to store them though, behind the front door is too narrow… time to think outside the box.

Katey Durdin on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 8:13 AM

I haven’t had any luck with the 3m strips they ripped my paint off as well, I was ever do careful removing them, and followed their instructions. I love the fact you don’t have to put a hole in the wall but im worried that they’ll just keep taking the paint off. Other people have told me the same thing.

Bec Sherman January 12, 2012 - 8:19 AM

We have the Ikea epediat shelving. I have 2 of the 2×4 ones under the kitchen bench (the otherside to the kitchen) and there is a spot for my handbag, hubbys lunch bag and each childs school/kindy bag.

Emzee January 12, 2012 - 8:21 AM

I LOVE this, it looks great, am going to work on an area for our kids, thanks so much!!!

Debi Fisher on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 8:22 AM

Love it too… how exactly did you attach it to the wall? What sort of bolts etc??? Thanks!

Terri Nankervis on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 8:24 AM

Thanks so much for sharing, it’s funny, I bought the bag hooks last year to keep the kids bags together, and just the other day i had picked up a cork board….Must be on the same wave length but I love the iday of painting the frame off the cork board 🙂

Mtomsey77 January 12, 2012 - 8:43 AM

I love this idea. This is one of my struggle areas with school time. I would rather their bags be in a nook too rather than their bedroom, as we live in 2 storey house. The only problem is our house doesn’t have a traditional entry way. As you open the front door you are in the dining room immediately, and through another door in the dining is our carport. I am going to look for a spot to to have this nook though, as it makes so much sense. I too need to start putting my bag somewhere also

Kylie W January 12, 2012 - 9:18 AM

Hubby is doing ours next week when he is on holidays. I saw a similar set-up to yours on another blog and showed him that. We don’t have an entry-way or a garage, but at the top end of our hallway there is a supporting beam which is gyprocked over, creating a narrower entrance to the hall. I’m using this spot behind the beam, along to the first bedroom doorway (which we moved 2 years ago while renovating) to create our “nook” with hooks for school bags, library & homework bags + hats. We currently have over-the-door hook racks, but the kids can’t reach the hooks & they look cluttered.
I have large baby photos of each of my 3 kids at the top of that wall, so I won’t have space for a whiteboard or pinboard, but was thinking of some chalk wall art from Bright Star Kids to write notes on. You can get chalk pencils which are apparently less messy. Can’t wait till it’s all put together.

Leona McGrath on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 9:44 AM

that’s it – this wkend’s task – creating a bag nook! i have a much smaller area to work with (but only need space for 2 bags – mine and Master 3), so i think i’ll go with a cube unit against a pillar that divides the kitchen/dining/living areas

Leona McGrath on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 9:46 AM

and there’s already a cork board there!

Wendy Rasmussen on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 9:57 AM

We have this in our garage…one hook for each school bag and one hook above for hats…that way in the morning when we drive out…we can see if anyone has left their bag or hat on the hook. No arriving at school empty handed. In the afternoon the lunch boxes are emptied, homework done, notes completed and returned to bag ready for the next day. The first time we put up the hooks, hubby attached them directly to the wall and eventually the weight of the bags pulled the hooks out…he then attached a piece of board to the wall first…then attached the hooks to that. the hooks can be purchased from bunnings. We have nine children and this has worked amazingly well for us 🙂

Clancy Mentiplay on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 10:30 AM

This is fantastic!… Just wish we had the room for something like this!

Belle January 12, 2012 - 11:04 AM

That looks awesome Kat!
Last year I found 2 heavy duty hooks at Bunnings and popped them on the wall in the kids playroom & I copied your idea with the letters and bought 2 smallish letters and a little MDF backing board & then decorated & painted them & the area has worked rather well. I also added a basket below the bags for shoes…. now I think a calendar or a pinup/white board above would compliment it nicely – you have great ideas, I love your blog!

Naomi Groundwater Cartner on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 11:33 AM

I love this! LOVE it… and I was just wondering what I was going to do myself to solve the school bag disaster area.

Priscilla Heemskerk on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 12:32 PM

I’m inspired thanks :))

Anonymous January 12, 2012 - 1:18 PM

Looks fantastic! Wish I had an area in our place for something like that. So useful!!

Anonymous January 12, 2012 - 1:30 PM

looks great would love to do something like this for the kids at our next house but don’t think I can as we would be renting.

Shepclan January 12, 2012 - 1:36 PM

Hi. I kind of have this idea going, but now where as pretty as this one. Can I ask where you got the ‘things to do’ whiteboard?

Melanie January 12, 2012 - 1:40 PM

What an improvement, Katrina!
I wish I had an entryway to do this with, but am thinking of incorporating a similar idea into each of my kids’ bedrooms.

Thanks for sharing!

Libby Withnall January 12, 2012 - 5:29 PM

WOW!!! Love this idea. It looks fabulous. And I think I even have the right wall on which to copy this idea. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Lisa Warren January 12, 2012 - 7:06 PM

I thought it looked great before, but now…WOW! What a difference! I do have a small space under the bench for the kids school bags, but I am trying to reassess it. Unfortunately our hallway is open from the front door, so no hiding it away. Once it’s sorted, I’ll do a post about it and share. Cheers, Lis.

Veronica White on Facebook January 12, 2012 - 7:44 PM

Looks better than my large basket with a coat rack above for bike helmets…but one child still drops his bag on the floor 2ft from it…:(

Jodie January 13, 2012 - 12:19 AM

wow! you have inspired me to attack ours this weekend!!! its amazing what a little bit of organisation can achieve and how much smoother things run with 3 kidlets!!!
inspirational thankyou!!
sometimes you just have to see someone else do it to get ideas for yourself!!

Kirrily January 13, 2012 - 4:45 PM

Looks great! You inspired me to find a place that would work as a ‘nook’ and I chose the one spare wall in my laundry – I have laminated name badges above each one and marked out the spots – just waiting on hubby to come home with the sturdy hooks!

Kim Jarrold January 13, 2012 - 9:21 PM

Love this idea. Showed it to hubby and said can we do something like this in the hallway, so after dinner a trip to bunnings made this evening. 2 pieces of lengths of wood + hooks for bags and up a little bit higher we are going to hang coats. I have a whiteboard of the kids jobs thinking that we might put that up in the area too, just have to purchase a cork board and hubby can have this done for me by next Tuesday prior to him going back to work on Wednesday.
Thank you so much for the inspiration.

Goingkookies January 14, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Brilliant!! Your posts are just inspiring! Came across your blog as you were featured blogger in Nuffnang! 😉

Trish January 14, 2012 - 5:04 PM

This looks amazing Katrina. I am hoping to do something similar but we have very limited wall space in our present living quarters.

Lisa Warren January 16, 2012 - 8:52 PM

Hi Kat. I’ve just blogged about our school bag nook.
Cheers, Lis.

Queen of the monkeys January 17, 2012 - 12:53 PM

I got my husband to make me up an entry way ‘launch station’ last year needs to be rejigged now my 3rd is off to kindy this year


Deb January 18, 2012 - 10:48 AM

I’m so excited! We “re-purposed” some old drawer fronts, painted them the same colour as the wall, and popped the hooks in. Looks great! We had to leave space under the hat rack for the coats to hang … Thanks Kat 🙂

Brenda Lui January 22, 2012 - 11:27 AM

I would so love to do something like this, renting though makes it difficult as you cant really be screwing things into the walls but I will have to come up with some other idea. Moving to a new place soon so hopefully it will have a space where we can do some organise station.


Holly N. April 6, 2012 - 7:22 AM

I love the new nook! Do you mind telling me how wide your hallway is? We are currently building a house right now and I really want to be able to do something like this heading out to our garage but I’m just not sure if we will have enough room. TIA!

Susan July 9, 2012 - 10:23 AM

It’s a great idea whilst your children are in primary school, Once they hit the first 3 years of high school, they may want to have their school bags in their bedrooms because of all the text books they will be carrying to and from school each day.  It sounds silly I know, especially as so many text books now have CDs inside, however the teachers still expect students to have the text books in class.  Go for a drive past your local secondary school and watch how many kids come out carrying bags that make some of them walk almost doubled over because of the weight on their backs!

Lisa Warren July 9, 2012 - 10:58 AM

I think I said this the first time you shared your school bag nook…I wish I had a hallway like that!! The new and improved space looks fabulous Katrina! You’ve done a great job, and those hooks certainly look a lot sturdier.

Amanda August 7, 2012 - 8:35 PM

Hi Katrina, thanks so much for your inspiration.  I only have 1 child, and we are renting but I found a great solution to the schoolbag dumping problem in our house – my Dad made me this storage unit when my son was born and it has 5 baskets, useful for hiding all kinds of stuff!  I moved it into the space where we walk into the kitchen (open plan, no doors) and used an over door hook from Aldi, used upside down to be wide enough for the school bag, on the side. The hook is wide enough for a hanger, for the school jacket and the proximity to the kitchen makes packing in the lunchbag easy.  I’ve also blutacked a card sized version of my son’s timetable as a reminder of what’s on that day ~ only in Grade 2 so not too complicated.  It’s been working a treat!  Thanks again, Amanda. x

Sylvia Breuer January 16, 2013 - 4:04 PM

Hi Kat, I love your newer look bag nook! Are you finding that the school bags leave serious scuff marks on the wall? Would it be worthwhile to attach “bash plates”, ie. something like a sheet of clear perspex, to the wall area behind the bags?

Katrina January 16, 2013 - 8:48 PM

No there are no scuff marks as yet and the bags have been up there for a year now. However, if there were I’m sure they would clean off with some sugar soap or a magic sponge.

Trish January 17, 2013 - 9:16 AM

I love the revamp Katrina I have something similar but my white board is taken over by me.

Katrina January 17, 2013 - 1:30 PM

It just makes it so much easier, everything in one place!

Fieona Macpherson April 27, 2014 - 12:47 PM

I love it! Im doing it this weekend..im always tripping their bags in their rooms!

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