It is no secret that arts and crafts foster immense creativity and learning in children. However, the path to creative brilliance can be frustrating when you are tripping over supplies and juggling multiple projects in limited space.
Finding an effective way to manage the clutter can not only protect your sanity, but it can encourage regular, creative art time. Try some of these simple solutions to clean up your kid's art space and keep everything organized in between projects big and small.
Portable Storage Solutions
- An old tackle box is a go-to option for drawing and painting supplies, as it has several built-in compartments to help keep supplies in their place. When art time is over, simply snap the lid closed and store the supplies in a closet, under a bed or on a shelf for easy access when you need them.
- For children who like to draw in the car or on outings, a three-ring binder equipped with several clear pencil pouches can be a great way to organize smaller items such as pencils, pens, markers and crayons in one place. This typically will not fit all the art supplies that a young artist accumulates, but it is an inexpensive option for art trips that take your child into the backyard or neighboring green spaces.
- Using paint or markers for personalization, a metal or plastic utensil caddy can be transformed into a mobile art supply rig for your child. Store art supplies, organized by type in each compartment, for a streamlined solution that can follow your child's art projects around the house.
- An "art cart," otherwise known as a cart on wheels, is a larger solution that works great to keep the countless supplies of an aspiring artist organized. Pull the cart out during crafting sessions, and then slide it back away in a closet for storage. To create an art cart, look for a sturdy metal cart with at least three shelves to have plenty of room to grow into. Use decorative cups or tins to store like items together, and magazine holders to group different types of paper in one place. Glass jars are good for organizing, but because they are breakable, you must determine if this is a solution that will work for you and your kids.
Vertical Storage Solutions
As your child or family grows, inevitably, the collection of art supplies does too, and now you are faced with a greater challenge to keep things organized. The use of vertical storage space is often the most viable and space-saving solution. Height can also effectively be used to a parent's advantage, making some supplies off limits for smaller children without adult supervision.
- For starters, an over-the-door shoe organizer is an easy solution for tight spaces. As a bonus, you can put it on the inside of a closet, keeping everything in place behind a closed door. Available in varying sizes, a shoe organizer can fit art supply collections both big and small.
- If your home has the space, implementing a crafting corner is a good way to keep all art supplies and the subsequent crafting in one location. A pegboard with a combination of colorful hanging baskets, containers and magazine files can store everything well-organized in one location.
- If you prefer that art supplies are stored away out of eyesight, a wall cabinet or shelf works well. With a combination of boxes and baskets, you can neatly organize supplies in larger groups and label the baskets or boxes for easy locating.
- A magnetic strip, commonly used to store knives, can be repurposed to arrange art supplies in a tight spot on a wall. Install the strip where it fits best, place supplies in metal containers and store them attached to the metallic strip. For non-metal containers, attach a magnetic strip using a glue gun and you are good to go.
Storing your kid's artwork is the next challenge, luckily we have you covered!