Putting Together a Backpack Station

We moved into this house a year ago and for the life of me I cannot figure out why I haven’t shown you the backpack station I threw put together in this house.  It could be because it isn’t very exciting and there really isn’t much to it.  It’s what I would call functional but most definitely not fabulous.  Perhaps I waited thinking I would improve on it somehow.  But the truth is I haven’t which means I probably won’t. But hey it keeps the backpacks off the floor and easy to round up and that is what is important first and foremost.

It’s good enough and I’m okay with that.  Although certainly not easy when you see such gorgeous pictures all around the blogland.  Gosh it can get depressing can’t it (and inspiring all at the same time)?  Or is it just me?  And I’m sorry if my site has that affect on you too sometimes.  It’s never my intention.  What I find fun though, when I see an example of a fabulous (although out of my budget) space, is trying to come up with something similar for less.  It can be a challenge that is for sure but definitely not impossible (thank you Walmart and the Dollar Store).  Of course, in addition to the funds, it’s also a matter of whether or not you want to invest the time.  Often I just can’t be bothered like is the case with my backpack station.  It’s in the garage, how fabulous does it have to be? 🙂

So here it is.  Simple, simple, simple.  A couple of hooks with a whiteboard above it, which to be honest we don’t really use that often (as you can tell) but we had it from the old house so we just threw it up there.

I’d still prefer it inside the house but we just don’t have the space in our current entryway.  It’s right outside the garage door though so it works just fine.  Look at my sweet little doggie at the top of the stairs.  So cute!

And here’s with the door closed.  I showed you my Gear Pockets Organizer in this post and love it for corralling hats and mitts.

So there you have it.  In my old house we didn’t have a garage but had a bigger entryway so it looked like this:

If you have even less space to create a backpack station, then you might be interested in this week’s Opensky deal which is a three piece hanging bundle pack which includes the space saving backpack station you see below for over an interior door in addition to one for your purses and caps.  All for $18.00!  I use the purse one in my laundry room and I love that I can still close the door with it hooked on.  You’ll need to log in/sign up to see the offer.

Do you ever struggle with your spaces if they are functional but maybe not so fabulous?

Filed under: Clutter Control, Kid Stuff

Comments

12 Responses to Putting Together a Backpack Station

  1. 1
    Haley @ thedistractedblogger says

    A quick coat of paint on the hook board and the whiteboard frame could make a big difference. Or even leave it white but have the kids draw all over it, add stickers and such.

  2. 2
    Adriana says

    We recently moved. At our old place we were able to put a small hook rack in the entryway. We now have a bigger place and no where to hang it. So the boys came up with their own idea. Their backpacks hang on the backside of their chairs. Since they need it for homework anyway it’s working. The bags are not on the floor and the kids have to walk past them in the morning so easy to grab on the way out.

  3. 3
    LoriD says

    Our system is almost identical, except it’s located inside beside the door to the garage. I wish I had a mudroom/space for cubbies… but I don’t., so this will have to do.

  4. 4
    Adrienne says

    I don’t have school age kids yet, but I have an almost 3 year old and a 5 week old, so we/I have a lot to get out of the door whenever we go somewhere, I’ll be using this idea for diaperbags, purses and whatever else needs to go in the car! Thanks 🙂

  5. 5
    Living the Balanced Life says

    We had a similar space when the kids were little. I gave up trying to buy something strong enough with enough hooks. Bought a piece of wood, stained it and hubby hung 8 strong coat hooks to it. It served it’s purpose well and now hangs there empty! Just hubby and I at home now, lol!
    Bernice
    10 steps to a happier mama

  6. 6
    Angie says

    I love your backpack station! I think it’s functional & looks pretty too! I think it looks great as it is! Angie xo

    • 6.1
      Laura says

      Oh you are sweet Angie! I saw your backpack station and drooled…you seriously need to come help me pick paint colors for my house…I’ve been here a year and still all the walls are beige. Blah!

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    Thrifty Military Mommy says

    Oh yes I struggle!! It drives me crazy that I can’t make them prettier sometimes, but at least they’re functional! I have a white board too, but I use it CONSTANTLY!!! Love my white board 🙂

  8. 8
    Jen says

    I’ve been struggling with this for a while but now with my son starting kindergarten I feel the need to be the “organized mom” so I don’t lose track of all the stuff. I have been thinking about putting something like this together, maybe some command hooks for his backpack, my purse, and maybe a jacket or two, and then a little bench with cubbies for shoes and stuff. I’d also go with a magnetic whiteboard I think, because like you I’d probably not use the whiteboard part often, but would stick stuff up there with magnets all the time. But, the only spot for this is right in our entryway, so I’m not sure how I feel about having that hit you in the face as you walk right into our “formal” living room. (I have to use the quotes because we’re so not formal people, but the room kind of is.) Thanks for giving me some renewed motivation to tackle this little project!

  9. 9
    Mrs. Wilson says

    I need to do this. Backpacks everywhere are driving me nuts! We have hooks right by the door, but they’re too high for Liliana. I’m thinking in the new house (we might buy one), I’ll have to hang my own lower hooks.

    (Hi little doggy on the top of the stairs!)

  10. 10
    ter@waaoms says

    I’m just glad I’m able to read your blog again! I have no idea why it wouldn’t let me the last couple days but the glitch seems to be over now! 🙂

  11. 11
    raven says

    This was our old backpack station, it had its pros and cons. I’m hoping to work out something better in a different space – Laura I did get your email but only my cell cam is working right now and the pics are *horrid*. I promise to get new ones asap as I am really struggling with making this work (and errr… being pretty. I am cursed with that desire!)

    http://oporg.blogspot.com/2011/09/backpack-station-version-10-vs-charging.html

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