keeping it together

I can’t be the only person who has children that love to draw, paint, use play dough, and any other kind of crafting project. I love that they enjoy this kind of thing because it is something that I also enjoy doing. I just don’t like cleaning up the mess and putting everything back where it belongs. We had most things piled up on a small desk in our dining room, a box in our closet, different areas in the basement playroom, and some of it was in the boy’s bedroom. Needless to say we couldn’t use the desk for homework or crafting because it was always covered with stuff.

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After seeing other moms complaining about this on Facebook, I decided to organize all of our kids craft supplies in one area. I scoured pinterest to get inspired and I am going to share with you what I found that works for us.

First, I found this great kitchen cart on Ikea that we can roll to wherever we are wanting to work. Like everything that comes from that store, some assembly was required but it really was easy and only took about 15 minutes.

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I also purchased these great magnetic containers from Ikea. They will be great for small craft items that need their own home. They just stick right to the side of the kitchen cart. I also found these fun colored bins at Wal-Mart (there are so many options). They were two for $5 and found that they hold all of our current paper, coloring book, and stocker supplies. I added a couple of fun teenage mutant ninja turtle folders to hold loose papers so they weren’t falling all over the place.

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For all of our markers, paint brushes, pencils I went out to our recycle bin and found some tin cans. I washed them up and they were the perfect fit for all of these items. I kept the crayons in a plastic pencil case because for whatever reason we have a TON of crayons in use right now.

I also had an extra drawer organizer laying around so I used that to put odds and ends in and a blue storage container for the bulky items that wouldn’t fit anywhere else. Now when the boys are wanting to get creative and make items all we have to do it roll our cart to the desk, table or anywhere else we are wanting to crafty fun.

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Now the boys can use this cute, little, old desk for its intended purpose again.  Now its time to find ways to display their creative pieces of work.

desk

What are some ways you keep your kids crafting items organized?

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2 Responses to keeping it together

  1. Siri L. Hirth January 23, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    A craft cart is a great idea and it’d easily accessible. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Barbara January 23, 2015 at 9:07 pm #

    Awesome ideas!!!!! IKEA cart is perfect!

  3. Erin January 27, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    Love this!! I am kind of obsessed with that IKEA cart and have wanted one for a long time. This is a genius use!! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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