I am so happy we did this - it has helped with the clutter of jackets, coats, shoes and backpacks.
Since now we are painting our kitchen, I can move to phase two, where I plan to use vertical wallspace to create a command central spot. Unfortunately, there is no counter space in our kitchen for this so I have to think vertical and use wall space. See inspiration below.
I desperately need a letter bin of sort to control the mail, school papers, magazines, bills, etc. I also need a bulletin board to hold important numbers, tickets, coupons, etc. I need a couple of hooks for the kids backpacks and lastly, a tote or basket to hold random items.
I found both the cork board and the magazine holder (which I'll use for mail, papers, etc.) for an incredible price - both for $60. They are part of the Marta Stewart Living collection from Home Decorators and I bought them when they had an additional 40% off their outlet prices (MLK weekend). I actually bought them in the ugly cornflower color to get the outlet price plus the 40% off discount (I guess nobody wants that color). I plan to paint both white. See here and here. And, let me just say, I am so impressed with this magazine holder - very heavy and the slats are removable! Top notch!
Wish me luck!! Can't wait to get this completed!