You remember the mudroom, right? Well, the mudroom has a new face, new functionality, and a new name: The Drop Zone.
As school begins, we start to get busy with homework and projects, but we are mostly busy with all of those after school activities. You know what I am talking about. PTA meetings, soccer practice, soccer games, flag football practice, flag football games, ballet, The Little Gym, and the list goes on! Your leisurely summer schedule comes to an abrupt halt and the need for an organized after school schedule becomes imperative! Since this is the first year that my little guy can actually participate in fun “after PRE-school” activities, and my daughter is in school all day, I have a new “game-on” time which is the 3:00 to 6:00 hours. We need to pack those three hours with a little “homework,” fun outdoor activities, and a bunch of transporting and unbuckling of car and booster seats!
So, lately, I have especially seen the need to create a sort of “command center” or “drop zone” in our home so that our whole family knows who is going where and who is doing what each day. I also needed a nice spot to place all of the items coming in and out of our home and make it look organized. It’s the place where you put the lunch boxes, backpacks, shoes, papers, mail that you promise you are going to go through tomorrow. I have been eyeing all of those cool “command centers” and luxurious entryways to homes in Pottery Barn and Pinterest. Some have their own built-in cubbies for each child, and some have awesome calendars, to-do lists, grocery lists, etc… all posted and displayed in the most organized and decorative way. Let’s get real here…most people that I know don’t have that perfect spot in their home, so they are left to create one on a small wall or spot that may not be perfectly ideal. That is my situation, and I decided to create my own drop zone in the most ideal spot in my home, which is actually my very small mudroom/pantry/laundry room. Let me begin by saying that even though I am a very organized person, I am not a very crafty person. I do love a beautiful (and clean) home, but I am not going to create things from scratch and sit on my computer for an hour to make a pretty color-coded child calendar (although, I might like to do that if I had a lot more time on my hands and certainly if a client requested one). Anyway, the thing is that you can get as fancy or go as simple as you want. Hopefully, some of these ideas will inspire you to create your own command center. But most importantly, if you add these 4 parts to your drop zone you will be well on your way to an organized school year.