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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Taming Back to School Clutter: Decorative Ideas to Help You Stay Organized

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We all have to do it sometime – fall cleaning! Make it hassle-free this season by keeping everything organized. I’ve put together some decorative ideas to help make this happen for you (fingers crossed!).

  1. Bookcase: Although kids these days may be doing their homework online, there’s still room for books. Keep the books in order by placing a bookcase in one corner of the room. It can also double as place to display your kids’ trophies or other memorabilia.
  2. Chalkboard: Hang chalkboards to help your kids keep track of their schedule and daily tasks. Keep it cool by using colorful frames. You can also add hooks, from which you can hang keys.
  3. File desk: Use a desk with filing cabinets. You can paint it in your kid’s favorite color or simply keep it white. Either way, it’ll keep your child organized and provide room for extra storage.
  4. Wall rack: Build a wall rack and use it to keep items off the floor and off the desk. You can also use it for display or for additional storage.
  5. Waste can: There’s always going to be trash in the room. For easy clean-up, leave a waste can in your kid’s bedroom. You can use stainless steel waste cans which are both functional and long-lasting. You can also make it fun by choosing fun animal-themed waste cans.
  6. Storage boxes: Nowadays, storage boxes come in different sizes and colors. De-clutter your home by getting storage boxes. You can keep them out of sight by hiding them under beds or coffee tables.

Since Autumn is that time of the year when children go back to school, these ideas will help create work areas that are clean and structured (with less mess!). It’ll make learning more fun and help your family to prepare for the coming winter and holidays. Happy decorating!

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

6 Ways to Use School Pictures in Your Holiday Decorations

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crafting kids image via totalclasscreativeblog.com

Keep the festive mood alive by incorporating your kids’ school pictures with your Christmas decor!  Make it a fun and memorable event by crafting the decorations together as a family. Below are some of my favorite kid-friendly handicrafts, which I hope you’ll enjoy making.

  1. Ornament Photo Stand: Turn your Christmas ball ornaments into photo stands. Select a few Christmas ornaments, preferably in the same color. To make the Christmas ornaments stand straight, fill them with small stones or pellets to weigh them down. Put the cap back on the ornament, and attach the pictures to the cap with strong adhesive glue. These nifty little stands are perfect for filling any empty space.
  2. Tree of Pictures: Glue a border onto the photo, so it looks like a frame (you can use ribbon, ric-rac in holiday colors, or Popsicle sticks decorated by the kids). Punch holes in the pictures and hang them on your bare-limbed tree with some pretty ribbon.
  3. Picture Frames: This is quick and easy – Purchase picture frames in holiday colors. You can place them throughout the home, like in your children’s bedrooms and play areas. A fun twist is to place a framed school picture above your child’s stocking; this way, when Santa arrives on Christmas Eve, he can put a face to the name!
  4. Photo Wreath: Turn your wreath into a photo display. Make copies of some of your favorite pictures and nestle them into a wreath. If you have more time, you can create a wreath from photographs only, and there are dozens of DIY options for this online.  Be sure to laminate these pictures if the wreath will be used outside of your house!
  5. Holiday Placemats: Make holiday meals more fun by turning your pictures into holiday placemats. You’ll need poster board and strong laminate which are easy to find in a craft store. There are endless options for this creative project: Glitter, pictures, stickers, the works! Paste items onto the board, laminate, and trim. Voila!  Christmas memories to eat off of.
  6. Hang Photos around the House: Print copies of your favorite pictures in black and white and laminate them (you can add borders, just like in Tree of Pictures, if you want to). Punch holes on top and use big, bold ribbons to hang them on your entry ways, hallways and bedrooms.

These handicrafts are fun to make and are a great way to display your kids’ favorite memories of school. Crafting these together as a family will allow you to create even better memories with your kids, something that is truly priceless.