Ever feel like you’re drowning in backpacks, school papers, and kid schedules? In an effort to maintain some sanity and encourage my kids to take an active role in managing their own schedules, I set up this Family Backpack Station. And I’m sharing the details so you can create your own too.
When brainstorming my backpack station, I knew I wanted a large chalkboard schedule on the wall and some custom shelves. I pinned lots of great ideas for inspiration, but space and my budget were both too tight to make custom shelves a reality. So I took my time and convinced myself to wait for the perfect idea to present itself. And it finally did.
I was on Facebook and noticed on a local swap group for my city that someone was selling lockers, and they were cheap. Like, really cheap. I thought that lockers would be great for the kids to store their shoes in and hang their backpacks up. Oh goodness, the thought of them actually hanging up their backpacks instead of dropping them at the door made me kinda giddy. So I had to check them out.
I made my mom go with me to check them out in case the dude was a creeper, but thankfully the husband and wife were super nice. They had an old barn filled with lockers, mannequins, and all kinds of interesting things they bought at auctions.
If you aren’t a member of a swap group, try finding one on Facebook in your city. Prices tend to be even cheaper than Craigslist. I got these for $60 but have seen them as high as $300 at flea markets. And, these are in great shape. I dreamed of painting them aqua, but at 160 lbs … um, blue it is. I have no plans to move that baby any time soon.
My favorite part of this whole makeover, though, is this chalkboard schedule decal from Wallternatives. I worked with their decals before in my daughter’s room and was excited to try this large chalkboard version. And, it’s safe to say I’m in love.
As you can see, the kids are crushing on it too. Reese couldn’t wait to jot down her sleepover with her best friend. Now we can easily see who has PE, Girl Scouts, cheer practice, and everything else at a glance.
The decals are so easy to use too. I like to peel down a bit of the Backing Paper so that the adhesive of the Transfer Tape (the top layer) holds it in place. Once you make sure the decal is level, you can start applying it to the wall. I peel the back down as I go, but there are several methods and some amazing instructions online if you need help.
Wallternatives sends a Squeegee with every order so you can easily apply the decal. You use the Squeegee to burnish the decal to the wall or surface with the Transfer Tape still in place. On a big decal like this, it’s nice to have a helper. Thanks, Mom!
Then slowly peel back the Transfer Tape at an angle, taking care that the decal stays securely on the wall. See that pretty scalloped edge? So cute!
In just a few minutes, you have an awesome chalkboard up!
I slapped a magnetic organizer on the side of the lockers so the kids can sort their school papers as they unpack. The top slot is for artwork and returned homework, and the bottom slot is for notes from the teacher and items that need my immediate attention.
This Family Backpack Station has been ah-mazing for us. I feel so much more organized now in that area. No more “where is your backpack?!?” frenzy in the mornings.
This just may be my favorite makeover!