Here is a before picture:
And the much more organized after:
The paper tray will hold loose leaf and construction paper. Next to the paper tray is a bin that holds everything little man will need to complete his homework, gulesticks, pencils, erasers, sissors and a few other things. The class canisters hold beads and pompoms for creative projects. On the bottom is a place for his coloring and work books and surplus school supplies.
Here is a close up of the nicely labeled bins
Here is a view of the top
My favorite part of the message center is actually the top. I found my chalkboard at a yardsale. In its previous life it was orange, but a can of paint transformed it to a nice shade of white. I added our initials using scrapbook paper and it is know the perfect way to communicate and remember the days tasks. In the basket I have folders for bills, coupons, and school communication. See those numbered jars, they look like they came from Pottery Barn, but I found them at a yard sale for 25 cents each, added the numbers with craft paint and after it was semi-dry wiped some of the paint off for a distressed look. I think my 75 cents version is just as nice as the 39 dollar version at Pottery Barn. What do you think can you tell a difference? Look beyond the lack of professional pictures please.
Go see what some fabulous bloggers are DIY'ing this week over at A Soft Place to Land
Update: Come over to the organizational party at Our Suburban Cottage