In my extremely small kitchen there is no room for just about anything (including cooking, at times). Last week, when I wanted to participate in the Stations of the Cross project, I had to use the small space between the burners on the stove as my work station. Safe, right? I'm sure anyone still reading this knows that this kitchen is the current bane of my existence (that, and Zumba, with whom I am developing a love/hate relationship at the moment). There's one wall on which to hang anything I may need to hang. In a basic kitchen that serves only as a place to prepare and possibly eat food this isn't a real problem. In a kitchen that is also a classroom, it kinda totally sucks. One of my solutions for working with this one wall is to make the display space, what little there is, as changeable as possible. And so, I give you: The Magnetic Strip!
|I don't front. This is what my strips looked like|
when I decided to start taking pictures.
Each strip comes with essentially super-strong double sided mounting tape, which I hope won't destroy the paint when I remove them. Even if they do though, I think paint might be easier to fix than holes left after removing screws. It comes with about eight magnets and, while they do the job, they are the one thing I complain about. They are literally just the magnets: small metal disks, with nothing to prevent anyone, like an adventurous 18 month old who climbs onto the kitchen table the moment her mother's back is turned, from swallowing one (this hasn't happened yet, thank God, but I really need to switch out those magnets soon).
|This is what it is supposed to look like most days.|
Neat and orderly with schoolwork and projects
hanging, well, neatly.
|Some Dr. Seuss independent activities|
|Note the ridiculously small magnet.|
We have two of them hanging below the posters and above the table, so this gives us 48" of hanging space. At the moment, I try to keep the boys' work on separate strips, but that won't work in the Fall (because I'll have three students). I tend to use them for just the basics. Once a math assessment or spelling test is done, up it goes on the strip with all the fanfare it is deserving (after getting a sticker of course) and remains there for a respectable amount of time (until, say the next test is ready). If there's a back side to a page that is to be completed at a later date or time, it goes up on the strip to keep it in my line of sight. I tend to forget things like papers when they go away into folders, even if it's supposed to be temporary, so this helps me remember silly things, like math worksheets.
|Makes a nice place to hang Valentine's|
|Dr. Seuss independent activities|
So now I want to know: do you have any clever space saving display ideas?