Sunday, February 16, 2014

Organizing Kids Art and Craft Supplies

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I had been wanting an over-the-door shoe organizer ever since I read this post on organizing art and craft supplies. Immediately after I finished reading, I added a shoe organizer to my Amazon shopping cart...and then I mulled over it...for the next 3 months.

So when Luke came home with a $6 shoe organizer on Valentine's Day from Walmart, forget roses and chocolates, it was the most romantic present ever. Haha. Previously we stored our day-to-day supplies (crayons, watercolor, markers) in a big plastic bin. It sat in the family and the kids had access to it whenever they wanted. It worked fine, but things got buried under things and I personally didn't like the messy look of it.

I should also mention that supplies that require supervision (pom-poms, foam stickers, bottles of paint, glitters) sat elsewhere in various spots.

I love my new shoe organizer. It's clear so I can see exactly what I am looking for and it doesn't take up any space. One thing I don't like about my shoe organizer: it doesn't hold ALL of our supplies (the ones that require supervision), so things are still not all centrally located.

But it's definitely an improvement! There are still a couple of empty slots, so room to grow.  The kids help themselves to whatever in the bottom 3 rows and I save the upper 3 for off-limit ones. As for the bin in the family room, it's still there, but now it holds coloring books, hole punches, various papers, a tub of pip-squeaks markers, and it is much more manageable.
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I am sure things will get moved around and new things will get added, but so far this is how I have arranged it. Love IT!

4 comments:

  1. So much for the sanctuary of my basement office. Let's just hope this doesn't get too out of hand and all our doors get draped with these things. Though I must admit, this is a nifty way of storing all these little things.

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  2. Nice! We have everything piled onto bookshelves, not the best either. Still working on organizing and storing the kid's cars car cars though!

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  3. I LOVE how organize you are! Haha yea, who needs chocolate and roses when you got a organizer like that ; D - Eva

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  4. http://tidyingup.com/

    This book u might find interesting...under organization.

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