Basement Door Command Center

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I'm really proud of this post today, y'all. It's a really simple but stylish problem-solver that I came up with for our household, and it's already proven to be a complete lifesaver.

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The backstory is that we used to have a desk in our family room, and I NEVER liked it there. Since it was just a writing desk with one drawer, I couldn't hide away all the paperwork, mail, catalogs and receipts that got dumped there. And that single drawer was totally crammed with office supplies and was totally a pain to get into because the drawer rails were loose. Just not a good set-up. So...I cleared the whole thing out and moved the desk upstairs next to our bed, where it looks really great. All of the office-y stuff lived there for awhile, but that was obviously not a good solution because it was upstairs. While I pondered the problem, our dining room table became command-central. Not practical, either.

FINALLY, I discovered an old shoe organizer in the back of my closet that I figured I would hang on the back of our basement door for all of our office necessities. Eureka! That was a total godsend. Since the basement door is in our kitchen and that seems to be the room we're in the most, everything was totally handy there.

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But of course, I had to make it prettier. So I cut the shoe organizer in half, applied spray-adhesive to the back of it, and smoothed some wrapping paper onto it. One pocket has scissors, a small hole-punch, and a box cutter; one pocket has rubber bands and paper clips; one pocket has envelopes and stamps; one pocket has a calculator and our checkbook; one pocket has a comb and some hair bands...you get the idea.

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Then I went shopping for a file box that could be hung up. I found this turquoise one at Target for about $10, the file folders were $5.99, and those little cardboard bins were from Target's dollar-spot. I labeled one of those bins "Receipts" so my husband and I have a place to keep 'em until we're ready to balance the checkbook. The other one is empty for now, but I'm sure I'll think of something to fill it. (Important: Now, the thing about hanging stuff on hollow-core doors is that...well, it doesn't work unless you buy special hollow-core door anchors. We found some at Lowe's in the section for wall-anchors. Each anchor holds 40 pounds which is ample for my file box.)

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The last thing to go up was my little clipboard, which incidentally, was the FIRST thing that inspired me because I love the colors in it. It helped me choose the scheme for the rest of the door. I just hung this from a little screw hook so I could take it off as needed. I didn't anchor this; it's not very heavy.

So here's the before of our basement door...

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And here's the after! Definitely one of my favorite projects, because it's so useful and fun to look at. The whole thing cost about $25, which isn't my cheapest project to date, but still well-worth it.

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