Craft Cabinet Organization

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The other day, it became abundantly clear that our "craft cabinet" needed an overhaul. 

{BEFORE}

I'm not exactly a crafty person, and the boys don't exactly sit around do art projects . . . but, they occasionally like to color, trace, and cut, and playdoh can be fun. I like having these items readily available for them, and I especially like it when they initiate an "art" project on their own. It's just a bummer when the cabinet is so crammed full of junk that they can't shut it. Time to attack it.

I made the usual Keep, Recycle, and Donate piles, and in about 10 minutes the cabinet looked liked this:
{AFTER}
We have 314 markers that actually work, so I'm keeping most of them in that clear plastic container inside the cabinet now. A few (always washable) markers and crayons will stay out on our kid-sized table in glass jars . . . or a plastic cup. Whatever is available.

I'm not sure how I acquired more than one "idea" book for preschoolers. Despite my best intentions, I've never used them. The reality is, if I get a wild hair and decide we should make something out of an old oatmeal container, I will google it. It wouldn't even occur to me to open these books. So, off to Goodwill they go, along with a Sesame Street placemat.


As we approach the summer season, when the boys will be at home more, it feels good to have these supplies ready.

How do you keep your kids' arts and crafts supplies organized?

Linking with:
The William Morris Project at Pancakes and French Fries
One Project at a Time at Bowl Full of Lemons
Frugal Fridays at Life as Mom (because I didn't spend a dime, but now that we can see and use everything, it feels like we've got a lot of brand new supplies!)


*Mother's Day Idea*
A helpful list of Ten Homemade Beauty Gifts for Mother's Day


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7 Responses to “Craft Cabinet Organization”

  1. Rita@thissortaoldlifeMay 3, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    I was smiling at your comments about the craft books. I did the same thing when my kids were little. I just had such great fantasies of us sitting around and getting all crafty together! I wrote about how I organize the stuff we now have (and really do use) here:  http://www.thissortaoldlife.com/2012/03/20/spring-cleaning-our-craft-supply-area/

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  2. My kids are so much older now, the draer e used to have dedicated to crafts has dindled to a small box holding a couple of sets of atercolours and some modelling clay, sniff. I don't even think they know it is there.

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  3. How nice to have a craft cabinet for the kids.  I have bins for myself, but most of the kid stuff is just mixed in with their toys. I think you've inspired me to give them their own dedicated space!

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  4. You are so right about those craft books. I have a bin of them (fortunately they were all given to me and I didn't sink any money into them), but haven't ever really consulted them. Time to put them on the Freecycle list...

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  5. Thanks for stopping by, Rita. I really enjoyed exploring your blog today.

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  6. Yay! Their craft space is really my craft space, too. I don't do much outside of helping them, but I do have a secret stash of non-washable markers :)

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  7. Oh, one of THOSE cabinets!  The kind where you hope no one ever opens the door for fear of the carnage the avalanche will bring!  Yes, I know those cabinets too well.

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