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Organization Project — My Kitchen Command Station!!

One of my goals for 2011 is to get more organized. 
I decided to start off with my kitchen desk area…

**Kitchen Command Station**
I have a little corner in my kitchen that I originally set up to hold all of the kids’ important school papers, directories, plus paper and pens for taking messages. Unfortunately that area became a dumping ground for all sorts of things — catalogs, papers and odds and ends. And that area became so messy that phone messages would sometimes get lost!
I decided I needed a simpler way of keeping track of papers and messages.

The transformation started off with some vintage bread pans and jello molds I discovered at a thrift store. 
I used the jello molds to hold small items like tiny post-it notes, paper clips and clips.

Then I found a clear file folder holder at Target ($2.99) that could be hung on the wall — freeing up valuable counter space.

I had some Martha Stewart laser-cut paper with a quatrefoil design.
I attached a sheet of it to the inside of the clear file folder rack. I used some 3M Command strips to hang it so I wouldn’t have to put any holes in my wall. I like these strips because when I want to remove them someday, they’re easy to just pull them off and they won’t damage the paint or finish.
Once I cleaned out the drawers, I put an Ikea tray in each drawer to corral the directories and other items that might slide around by themselves. I used a couple of the vintage bread pans to hold extra pens, pencils, scissors and other items that are used in the desk area.
I made a file folder for each person in the family to keep their current papers like permission slips, current homework and things that people need right away. I let everyone pick our a paper that they liked for their file folder. Then I traced the file folder onto the paper and cut it out.
And used spray adhesive to attach the paper to the file folder.
To finish the file folders, I printed out each person’s name using printer labels.
And then I used my Silhouette machine to print out some label frames that I put on top of the labels.
Now I have a place to put everyone’s school papers and other important to-do papers.

 The last thing I did was brought a tray in to hold all of the desk materials.

I’m so happy with my new message station. 
I feel like I can find everything so much easier.

It’s a great way to start off a new year!!
PSWhat do YOU use to keep your papers organized??? If you have blogged about it and can leave a linkto it in your comments, I would love to see it and write a post up with other people’s organizational ideas too!!PS — I am sharing this post with these fun parties — check them out!

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  1. Jen ~ I LOVE your idea! That is so neat/tidy AND handy. You've done a great job with it – and even though nobody would know that the Jello molds were actually old Jello molds, I love the idea of using them for this project. Great idea all around. I have so many of the materials already for this, now, just to clean up and make room .. which actually would SAVE room in the end and look Great! Thank you ~

  2. Ohh.. I'm totally doing this! Thanks for sharing it. Here's what I blogged about. LOVE it! Making one for my recipes now too. http://www.haglerhappenings.com/2010/08/diy-containing-all-those-school-papers/

  3. Hi jen! I've put together a round up of nifty kitchen projects on Craft Gossip today and included your post. :) You can see it here

  4. I too have recently tried to organize my kitchen command centre – with some success.
    I really like how you organized the drawer – I will do that next! Thanks for the motivation!

  5. goodenoughmommy says:

    I have the same file holder from Target and use it for my daughter's folder that travels between school and home each day. I love what you did with it. I wish I had thought of using Command strips (why didn't I? I love them.) When I saw all the folders, I assumed they were the expensive, designer ones. Plus, I love the idea of using bread pans in the drawers.

    I think I may have found my new favorite blog. You're awesome.

  6. AAAHHHH!!! This post is such a blessing to me, as I've been trying to organize my message/random paper/pens/blackberry chargers. Thank you for your brilliant ideas.

  7. Love this and perfect timing! I am updating my kitchen and NEED a space like this! Thanks for the fabulous ideas!!

  8. What an inspiration!! Love it!! I ran out to the store and did a little project clean up of my own!!
    Thanks sor the great idea!!