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A few months ago I showed some behind the scenes pics of my craft materials storage.
These storage solutions are in my office/craft room, where my son only goes when I am there or with permission. So they’re not the EVERY DAY craft materials for him to use.
I strongly believe that if kids want to be creative, they should be encouraged. As they get older, they can do more and more for themselves. My son just turned 5 and I feel fairly confident in his ability to manage the craft materials we have in the kitchen without any issue.
This partly is due to the set-up. When I first viewed our house, I just KNEW that I loved the kitchen arrangement. At the end of the long kitchen island was a set of four drawers, right next to the kitchen table. Other people might put napkins… or something… in there. For me it just HAD to be where I kept the art and craft stuff. The kitchen table is from IKEA – it is varnished and after over a year of regular stain-attempts, it remains unblemished.
So that’s the kitchen set-up – here’s what’s in the drawers!
The top drawer is probably the least exciting. It’s where I grab things on the way to a restaurant or doctor’s appointment, like our Water Wow books or the Pencil Box Boredom Buster. It is also where we store any trinkets of the moment, my son’s sight words from school and projects that are in progress. It’s probably the messiest of all four drawers, so I’ll admit that I tidied it up especially for you to see.
Drawer two is where I keep paper and card. Also some paper plates and bowls that I use as paint palettes. There’s a box full of scrubbing brushes that we uses for textured art like this Tree Blossom picture, another box for paper bags, doilies, coffee filters and cupcake liners. There are also a few little containers filled with cut-up paper for collages, straws, stickers and of course googly eyes!
Drawer three is my favourite. And it really DOES look like this all the time! The drawer dividers just work for the space, and my son really respects that everything has its place in the drawer. The dividers I use are from IKEA and the dollar store – you can use a set of compartmentalized dividers, or even just a few expandable dividers will help!
The bottom drawer is where I keep the recyclable items for crafting like egg cartons, corks, lids, cardboard tubes and more. Also our painting smock collection! More drawer boxes and dividers here to keep things as neat as possible.
Can you spot one key craft material that is missing? Scissors. Although my son only uses them for craft projects, a few months ago he had a tendency to use them standing up, or in other awkward positions. To ensure that he was seated properly at a table when using scissors, they were removed to a place that he couldn’t reach, and now only used under parental guidance.
I totally understand that every household is set up differently and you may not be able to recreate the set up I have arranged at our home. But what I *do* want to show you is that organization will not only help you, but your kids too.Organizing Kids' Craft Materials - top tips for the home Click To Tweet