Creating an Appealing Printer Command Center at Home

What’s your printing station look like in your home office? Are the kids’ printable coloring pages mixed in with your scans for work, receipts for bills and master copies? When the home printer has to multitask for the whole family, you need a command center that’s up to the job. Vertical piles are messy, and horizontal files keep things a little too hidden. Take control of your messy home office printing station with a decorative printing command center.

Goal 1: I wanted to create a place to keep papers so they were not piled into the “in” box. It was the “in” box that had no end. The pile in the bin never seemed to dwindle, and it was difficult to find things. I needed a place to store important papers that needed action or needed to be accessible. I also needed a place to store the papers for my other family members that tend to leave things in the scanner.

Goal 2: Find something that would make the papers visible and accessible.

Goal 3: Use something that is light enough to hang onto a slanted ceiling.

Goal 4: Find an inexpensive solution.

A light-weight, decorative board that cost less than five dollars to assemble.

What to Use:

Large piece of foam board (Dollar Tree, 50 cents)
Roll of decorative contact paper (Dollar Tree, $1)
Four plain folders (10 for $1, Ocean State Job Lot)
Decorative papers (from various art magazines)
Silver alphabet stickers (Dollar Tree, $1)

1. Cover the foam board with the decorative paper. It took too large sheets to cover it. I left enough around the edges to cover the corners and tuck the extra on the back. This makes the board look better because even the thin edges are covered.

2. Decorate the folders with craft papers and other art papers from magazines.

3. Label the folders with alphabet stickers. Possible labels:
names of family members

4. Extra – I used a car CD holder (Dollar Tree, $1) to hold mail and stamps. There was room in the middle of the board to attach it. There are plenty of small slots for envelopes, and incoming and outgoing mail.

5. Attach – In order to attach the board to the wall I used a series of large, shiny thumbtacks. Because the board is so light, that’s all I needed. As long as I clean out the folders regularly, the board will stay attached.

6. Maintaining – So far this seems like a workable system. As long as I remember these file folders are a temporary organizing system and I clean out the the folders weekly, it should continue to work. Each week I will either recycle or file the papers in the folders.

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