All of the stuff kids come with can be overwhelming, and when it comes to all of the supplies that are needed for projects and school homework, it can get out of control, especially in a small home. Here are some of my hints for simple arts, crafts, and school supply organization that may help you to tame the little colorful monsters that tend to take over a room.
- Always my number one go-to: baskets. We keep a basket of the school essentials right on the table he uses in the living room. In this basket, I use Mason Jars to hold school pencils, colored pencils, and twistable crayons. All good homework essentials. Also included are scissors, glue sticks, a ruler, and a pencil sharpener. A box of regular crayons is also in this basket, along with writing paper, and practice workbooks.
- Plastic baggies. I used to think that my grandmother was obsessed with plastic baggies. Every single thing in her basement was lovingly protected by a plastic bag. Now I see the value! Overflow goes into baggies, and is stored out of sight in the drawers I keep specifically for arts & crafts. This includes, pom pom balls, glitters, foam shapes – anything that you can use to create something fun.
- Paper. Lately my little guy has really been into drawing, so we have A LOT of paper. We have construction paper, sketch pads, coloring books, you name it. I keep all of these together, in a drawer. He knows where his supplies are and he can get to it whenever he’d like.
- Another organizational tip I have for supplies like this is to keep an old backpack in the car filled and ready. This backpack includes a sketch pads, a coloring book, crayons, and colored pencils. I also have a laptop desk he can use for longer trips. The sides have zipper compartments that can hold writing utensils. I also keep simple, ready to make crafts in this bag (you never know when you’ll be stuck in traffic and it’ll be there already for planned trips).
What are some of your best supplies organization tips? I’d love to hear more!
xoxo – Jeannine