January 22, 2014
Craft Storage that Really Works!
On Monday I shared 5 simple steps to organize your craft area (room, drawer, jar, etc.). I have to preface this post by telling you that I was an art teacher for nearly a decade so when I store art supplies I go for practicality and ease of use more than eye candy. That said, I love a pretty container and a good label, so today’s post is all about good (and cute) storage that really works. I hope you find an idea or two that you can take and use somewhere in your home.
When like items are grouped together, cleaning up is easier and little ones know where to return items. Labeling is a good idea if you want items to be returned to ‘their spot’.
I have these four little melamine dishes (from Target) stacked up on the kids’ art table. When they take out markers or crayons they put them in the container. It makes cleaning up so much easier.
I keep most supplies out on our art tables at all times. If things aren’t returned to where they belong this privilege goes away, but it’s so much more fun to create when you have full reign and lots of artistic choices. The beauty of having supplies in portable containers is that they can also take a jar downstairs for homework or a project that they’re working on in the kitchen.
Don’t be afraid to get creative when figuring out storage for your art supplies. I use a vintage Jell-O mold to store washi tape. My daughter put the container in the middle to keep our overflow of washi tape. Great solution and no cost. Win-win.
Any extra supplies or supplies that aren’t stored out all the time (Play-doh, Rainbow Loom, paint, etc.) are stored in a closet. I also have a couple in-progress bins that projects that are in-progress can be stored in.
I like to keep things multi-purpose so the craft room also doubles as a reading room complete with a little reading nook.
Come see how you can use printables to organize in my shop!)