Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Organizing Children's Art Supplies

Do your children have an excessive amount of art supplies?  Mine do.  We previously stored everything in a plastic rolling cart with drawers.  I think I bought that at Target.  It was working just fine, but it was a bit flimsy and definitely didn't have enough space to accommodate all of their stuff.  So, during a trip to IKEA back in April, I bought the Alex 9-drawer unit.  At first we just threw everything in there, but I knew eventually I would want to give each drawer a purpose.  Well I just accomplished that a few weeks ago!  The first step was to label the drawers.  I bought silver Martha Stewart bookplates from Staples and put one on each drawer.  Please do not mind our ugly kitchen floor in these pictures.  I have hated it since moving in 2 years ago, but it still has yet to be updated.  



After emptying out all of the drawers, I organized everything into piles and worked out my categories.  I ended up with crayons (markers ended up in here as well), glue, paint, stickers, tattoos, arts and crafts, coloring books (x2), and activity books.


I used washi tape to cover the white slips that came with the bookplates.  I contemplated using my labeler to label them, but I was out of the clear tape and would have preferred that.  So I just hand wrote on the washi tape with a Sharpie.  




Once that was done, all that was left to do was fill up the drawers!  I am super happy with this and hope that it will help the children keep their art supplies organized and in somewhat decent condition!  We are currently keeping this drawer unit in the corner of our eat-in area in the kitchen.  The kids do most of their arts and crafts at that table, so while it's not the most attractive spot, for now it is the most convenient.




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5 comments:

  1. This is great! I have been trying to come up with a way to organize all of the kids' arts and crafts stuff and need a way to do it that doesn't take up too much space. Might just have to steal this idea from you! ;)

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    1. Thank you, Angela! Please, steal away! I love this piece from Ikea. I don't know if you can tell, but the drawers are so spacious as well! That is my favorite thing about it. I thought we had a lot of stuff, but we could fit a whole lot more if we wanted to. P.S. You are my very first commenter on my blog and I so appreciate that! I was excited to wake up and see that I had received a comment! It's only 6:30 am and you have already made my day! Thanks again! :)

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  2. Great idea..love those drawers. Stopping by from iHeart's link party. I posted my kid's organized art space if you want to check it out! www.styleoyster.blogspot.com

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  3. This is a great idea! Those drawers are wonderful -- I can imagine that they would be great for organizing many kid's things. Thank you!!

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    1. Thank you Heather. I LOVE these drawers. I have since moved this whole unit to my laundry room. We still use it for the kids art supplies, but it's working out better in there. You can check out my laundry room on my blog if you'd like. http://organizingforsix.blogspot.com/2014/09/organized-laundry-room.html

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