Creating An Organisation Station For A Large Family – School Bags & Chores

This is a guest post by Jac from Common Chaos Chronicle

There is nothing worse than walking through the door and tripping over several school bags that have been tossed in the entry-way as the children have arrived home from school. This I know, as I have done it on more than one (or 101) occasions!!!

For those ‘Organised Housewife’ readers that don’t know me, my name is Jac and I write a blog called Common Chaos Chronicle. I have a step daughter, 5 kids of my own and in less than 2 weeks time we will be welcoming another little bundle into our family. While I love to share (and over-share) about the chaos and mayhem a large family can bring, I spend a lot of my time coming up with new ways, systems and routines to put in place to make life at home a much easier, more functional experience! Today I want to share with you all my latest attempt at keeping the Monsters organised. For this project I set out to create an area where the children could store their school bags off the floor, but also have a reference point for their chores, weekly activities, etc, etc…. So here is what I came up with:

Picture Frames and Bag Rack

The MonsterSquad’s Organisation Station!!!

So how did I do it? I wanted a whiteboard type system that I could note things down on but then easily erase, but I also wanted it all to tie in with our office colour scheme so I decided that I would use frames instead. I purchased some large frames from our local Reject Shop for $6.00 each.

Cheap Frames

The $6.00 frames to use as notice boards.

A regular whiteboard marker writes well on the glass and can be wiped off just like a whiteboard! Once I had the frames, I just fiddled around on our computer making up a section at a time of things I thought would be useful for the children and myself.

  • Name & Photos.
  • Day’s of the week to write in appointments and activities.
  • Monthly Jobs/chores
  • A reward tick chart for positive behaviour and completing jobs.
  • A notes section for any school notes that come home or anything I need to write down to tell them.
Printout paperwork

The printouts I created to go into the frames.

Once I had glued down the printouts to a white piece of card, I put the frames together ready to hang on the wall. The next step was to create a space for the bags to hang up, as I was fed up with them being dumped on the floor all the time. I checked out a few craft places and ended up buying the backing craft wood from Spotlight and the craft wood letters from Bunnings. Whilst at Bunnings I also picked up a couple of packs of plastic coated hooks.

Craft wood plaques

The plaques all painted with the hooks.


Craft Wood Letters

The craft wood letters I painted.

When the paint had dried, I had hubby first attach the plaques to the wall and then attach the letters to the plaques using some tiny nails. As we have trouble finding the wall studs in our house, and me wanting everything ‘evenly spaced’ etc, we decided to screw a piece of dress pine to the wall where the bag rack was to be rather than putting heaps of misplaced holes into the plaster work! Really worked a treat, made the job a heap easier and actually looks like it’s just meant to be that way!

Chaos Bag Rack

The plaques attached to the dress pine, ready for the name letters to be nailed on.

The very last thing I did was purchase some cute bulldog type clips from Officeworks to stick over the notes section of the notice boards. I must say, if you’re going to attempt this, do have a try of the clips before you buy them as the first lot I purchased were really really tough to squeeze and I was certain they would crack the frame glass. When I found suitable ones at Officeworks, I used a tiny square of felt under each one for added glass protection and hot glue gunned them all on into place.

Picture Frames and Bag Rack

The MonsterSquad’s Organisation Station!!!

And so far, after a month of the new space being in action, it’s working really well. The children know to hang their bag, jumper &/or coat, check their jobs and for notes and they never ever forget to remind me to add their reward points!!! It was definitely worth creating the new space at Chaos HQ.

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Carmen June 27, 2012 - 9:16 AM

fantastic idea. maybe the glass could be replaced with thin perspect or laminated sheets… great idea of the long wood to attach the smaller boards with the hooks by hubby …

Larissa ~ My Pigeon Pair June 27, 2012 - 10:52 AM

Oh Jac, that is a brilliant Organisation Station!!!  I just love it!  It will make such a difference in your busy lives!  Thanks for sharing!!

Alyce June 27, 2012 - 10:54 AM

That is one cool area!! Most definitely a must-have for busy families.

Tina Gray June 27, 2012 - 1:34 PM

love it! looks very organised and very pretty! x

Katrina June 27, 2012 - 9:54 PM

I love the frames, very clever!

Tammy Flynn Tupperware June 27, 2012 - 2:44 PM

Awesome idea! We have a small house and don’t have anywhere suitable (without it being in the ‘way’ in the living areas!), so wondering if it would be suitable to hang outside in the enclosed carport – it’s not fully enclosed like a garage, but has a garage door and the back open (hope you know what I mean!) … will have to suss it out as this is SO WHAT I NEED!!!

Katrina June 27, 2012 - 9:53 PM

Could be a good idea, just make sure the kids don’t leave food in their bags overnight so little animals don’t come to investigate.

Fiona Arthur June 27, 2012 - 2:51 PM

That is excellent! I’m going to give this a go for sure. Thanks

Katrina June 27, 2012 - 9:52 PM

It’s a fantastic space!! I am sure that it will definitely help to make a space more organised in the home.

Naomi Chambers June 27, 2012 - 3:13 PM

What a wonderful blog!

Katrina June 27, 2012 - 9:51 PM

Jac has a great blog, I don’t know how she does it and to be expecting baby number 6 any day now, I am so excited for her J

Jonathan Nel10 June 28, 2012 - 3:33 AM

Great idea! I would try to replicate the same for my children too..I is very handy in teaching them organization skills

mprjm June 29, 2012 - 11:43 AM

love love love this. thank you for sharing. my kids are 5,3 and 1 but we already have school bags and job charts so im going to make this in the holidays

Jules July 9, 2012 - 8:44 AM

WOW, I’m always looking for ways to ‘organise’ in my home of 8 kids and this is awesome.  Not sure if I have a wall long enough so I made need to split it up but I love the frame system with glass as a white board.  This is awesome I’ll be heading to spotlight, office works and bunnings today.

Corenne Tavares August 29, 2012 - 11:22 PM

Hi Jac (& Katrina). I’ve just come across this idea, having just joined the 20 day challenge and I LOVE IT! I have made my own version of it to suit our family and what we need to do and its up and ready to go for next week. I’m sharing it on my blog where I tell everyone to go to yours and check it out! Awesome ideas have to be shared. 😉

Delightful Order February 15, 2017 - 1:24 AM

Delightful Order came up with the ORIGINAL idea, back in 2011 – you can read more about it here:


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