Why is my sweet fella standing on a step ladder with his foot in my washing machine and drilling holes in our walls?!? The short answer is, He loves me! The long answer is in this blog post.
We’ve been in this house a year, and, during school, the boys’ backpacks go in the bottom of the pantry. It’s really the only place I’ve found to store them, except in the middle of the floor, which is almost as unacceptable as them being in the bottom of my pantry.
See them in the bottom left hand corner? They are neatly placed there because the pantry had just been organized. (Read about that here.) Normally, they are tossed all over the bottom of the pantry. While we have plenty of space in our house, wall space is really at a premium. I’ve looked and looked and looked for a spot to hang the backpacks, but to no avail. Until last week, that is, when I decided to hang them in my laundry room. There, they will be out of the way and close to the door my guys exit on their way out to school. Perfect.
On Saturday, I headed to Home Depot and bought an eight foot long 1×4 board and six hooks. While I was at Home Depot, they had this little handy saw station in the aisle, so I sawed that eight foot long board in half. I felt very Paul Bunyan, except that my purse kept falling off my shoulder and my running shoes had a hard time gripping the concrete floor. So, just like Paul Bunyan, but not. I came home with the items and announced to Fred that I had a project for us to complete. I wish I had a picture of the look on his face. It was classic. It said, “Oh dear, another project. I sure do love her, though.” I get this look frequently. Grin.
Once we were in the laundry room, we found the studs and marked them. Afterwards, I held the board in place, while Fred nailed the board to the wall. (In the past, we’ve put backpacks on a hook straight in the wall, but we found the backpacks to be too heavy. The hooks ended up coming out of the wall. This is annoying. So we now go with the board, which we nail into the wall studs behind the sheetrock. Those hooks aren’t going anywhere! Now, the backpacks actually making it to school, that’s a completely different story. Yikes.) Once Fred nailed the middle nail on the board, we leveled the board, and he hammered the other two nails into place. After that, he drilled pilot holes for the hooks and used a screw gun to fasten the hooks into the board. Voila! This is the result:
The room is narrow, but you can get the general idea. You’ll notice two rows of hooks. I decided to hang two rows, with the top row being used for coats this winter. No one is using those hooks now because it’s still 90 degrees here in Memphis…although I did feel a nip in the air today. Here it is with backpacks hanging on it:
Does that not just make you say, “Ahhhh!”?? All in all, this little project took about 20 minutes, counting the extra time we spent in the laundry room because the kids did not know where we were. 😉 On second thought, perhaps we should tackle a project every day in the laundry room for 20 minutes of peace. The boys will NEVER look for us in there!