Are you an "out of sight, out of mind" kind of person? In other words, if the scissors, pens, screwdriver, whisk, brushes, or other tools you need aren't right in front of you, they might as well not even exist? For you, perhaps, putting things in a drawer means never seeing them again (and you end up going out and re-purchasing said things because you forget you already own them). And for you, perhaps, I have a solution: pegboard. It's not just for garages anymore.
I actually became re-enamored with pegboard recently when I helped a client organize their garage. This one already had pegboard installed - ceiling to cinder block - on every single wall. It was the walls, essentially. And when it came time to put away the items that were retained after our big purge, it was a piece of cake. All we had to do was shop for a variety of hooks, and everything from shovels to sleds to hoola hoops was hung up and out of the way. I had serious pegboard envy. It got me to thinking that this could be a great idea for many different items other than tools.
I'm SO not crafty...
I had an opportunity to test out my storage theory when I helped a very sweet lady make over her craft closet for an upcoming episode of Living Inspired (check out the show - it'll be premiering in September). She sent me pictures of her space, and as a cancer survivor, she loves to make pretty things to give to other cancer survivors and those going through treatment. She has a lot of pink in her craft room, for breast cancer awareness. She's also fond of butterflies. Hmmm. To say thank you for allowing us to invade her home for a whole day (cameras and all), I decided to play with a piece of pegboard and see what I could come up with to help her organize crafting items.
I must tell you, I'm not particularly talented in the creation department. I'm not very Pinterest-y, and although I own a hot glue gun, it generally collects dust in a labeled bin in the laundry room. But this project was unbelievably easy, even for a non-crafter like me. I made this thing up as I went along, but I think I lucked out...stay with me.
Materials: Pegboard, wood strips, glue, spray paint, pegboard hooks, Command™ strips.
1. Head to the hardware store. Select pegboard (at mine it came in 2'x4' or 4'x4'. Your mileage may vary). This stuff is really economical, too. Ask the nice hardware store person to cut it to the desired size.
2. Select spray paint. I went with a high gloss pink, because, you know, PINK. 4-5 coats did the trick.
3. You'll need something to make the pegboard stand out from the wall (so the hooks fit), so I used 1/2" x 1/2" basswood strips (available at craft stores) on the back of the board. I used a little wood glue and clamps to keep them in place.
4. Embellish as desired. This one got a little butterfly treatment.
And voila! I think it turned out pretty nice.
Pegboard for teenagers...
My DD thought so too, because when she saw it she immediately started campaigning for her own custom-designed pegboard. Hey - easy birthday gift! Here's hers:
Items include medals, markers, scissors, hair stuff, and keys. And yes, that's a dreamcatcher.
I hung ours up with Command™ picture hanging strips, but you could also use drywall screws to attach them. Much depends upon what you'll be hanging on your finished pegboard. Pots and pans? You might want to screw the board into at least one stud. Hair accessories or scarves? The Command™ strips will probably work fine (just check the package for weight limits).
What you hang is limited only by your imagination. Just think of whatever you typically have to rummage through a drawer to find. With the advent of pegboard accessories like little jars and trays, you can even put multiples of things like paperclips or buttons. It can work in an office space, pantry, workshop...you name it. Happy hanging!
(And hey, if you give this project a try, I'd love it if you shared your ideas below, or post a pic on the Facebook page).
Sara Skillen - Certified Professional Organizer®, Certified Organizer Coach®, wife, mom, dog-lover, author. Learning to trust my intuition more every day. Shall we work together?