I regularly make changes to our learning enivironment. Sometimes changes are necessary to address a problem we are having within one area. Sometimes the changes are due to the addition of a new item. Whatever the reason for the modification these little changes add up over time and occasionally an area looses its functionality and it is time for a complete makeover.
This was the case in our workshop area. Originally it had been just for tools. The tool racks were pegboard doors from an old cabinet — I reuse/recycle whenever possible. The size of these doors determined the height of the shelf for the piano keyboard. The width and depth of this new storage area were determined by the size of the cots which are stored behind the tools/under the piano. It always bothered me that there was unusable empty space above the cots.
Over time, the small musical instruments were moved here when the sunroom became the ‘quiet time’ area. The tools and musical instruments were combined in the same area.
Later, the large piano was replaced with a smaller one to make room for the indoor garden and home to our stick insects too. What was once ‘the worshop’ had become ‘the worshop/music/science/garden area and everything was unorganized. It was time to fix this.
During my ‘vacation’ I reorganized this area to make it more functional. Now it looks like this;
Tools and musical instruments are separated. The extra space between the cot storage and the science area became a shelf for the piano. The pegboard hooks were rearranged to display the tools and musical instruments more efficiently.
In case you were wondering how I get those pegboard hooks to stay secured to the boards — I use plastic coated wire on the back of the boards like this;