I have recently been brainstorming ideas of what to do with all the clutter that accumulates on our kitchen counter. It drives me crazy. Mail, receipts, projects the kids and I are working on, papers Pete brings home from work, keys, phones, magazines, bills... it all seems to pile up in one place. And we don't have much counter space as it is. So I came up with this hanging organizer to hold the kids papers, coloring sheets, and anything they're working on at the moment. (This obviously doesn't solve all of my kitchen counter clutter problems... but it's a start).
I'm sure you can buy something like this at a pretty low price. But I have a hard time spending money on something that I can make using things I already have. So I hot glued together foam core, then covered it with paper from a brown paper bag and a few pieces of scrapbook paper. I hung it at the kids level so they can easily access their folders. And yes, it is right in our dining/kitchen area. I knew if I put it anywhere else it wouldn't be used.
Now I just need to make one of these for all of my papers!