Our School Station

Our School station is a hero in our house, so much so, I can’t even begin to imagine life without it now.

If you have a little one starting school or day care this year, or you have older children and would like to create a space to help keep everything neat and organised, I highly recommend trying one out.

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School Stations –
We implemented ours early last year, and it has been the best thing I have ever done for organising our mornings and afternoons. It is basically just a space where everything can be stored, and it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to create.
It can house school, lunch, and library bags, notes and hats etc. There is no right or wrong way to create one, so you can store whatever your heart desires.

I don’t have a family board where I add all our activities and important dates too, as I store all these details in my planner, but they are an organisation asset, ok, more like a god send to a school station.

There are loads of clever ideas on Pinterest if you are needing a little inspiration, you can even buy them pre-made online, but I found them to be quite expensive, so here’s how I created ours.

I purchased a white hall table for only $30 from Kmart, and although it’s not fancy, it gets the job done. It’s also nice and compact which is great if you don’t have a heap of space. Ours lives in a hallway by our back door which works well as it’s close to our kitchen, and doesn’t take up too much space.

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We store shoes down the bottom, and bags and lunch packs on the bottom shelf. This has helped alleviate the constant drop and run, and I’m so pleased, as I can’t tell you how much I loathed dumped lunch boxes and backpacks all over the house.

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On the table top we store –
Sunscreen
Drink bottles
A tin and a small metal basket for each child.
Excursion money jar.
Pin board
A caddy for notes
Weekly menu

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If notes, permission slips and excursion forms come home, I sign them, add the money and pop them in their baskets. I also add their reusable pouches of snacks to these baskets too. It helps lure them to the basket and ensures the notes are spotted and returned to school.

I also have a money jar we use as an excursion jar. Any spare change I have goes in this jar. I’m infamous for always using card and never really have cash on me, so I make the effort to place it here as it’s so handy for excursions.

Our school station has evolved over time, and I think it’s a good idea to play around and decide over time what works well for you and your family. This was ours last year.

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We also had this caddy for notes screwed to the side of the table, and you could add one to the wall above. You could also add a small rack above to hang school hats or library bags. Floating shelves above to create more storage would also look great.

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Most importantly, have fun. This is suppose to make your life easier, so don’t be too concerned if it doesn’t look Pinterest worthy, if it helps keep your family organised then that’s the main thing.

Happy organising and thanks for reading

Mandy
xxx

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