If you’re anything like me, organization and storage are
the bane of your freaking existence not your forte. Storing kids art supplies is even harder. You find great projects on Pinterest, collect items like toilet paper tubes, tissue paper, glitter, and glue, and then you have to pull it all out when it’s time to do a project. If your kids are anything like mine, by the time you have pulled everything out, they are so not ready to do a project anymore. In fact, they have disappeared and are fishing for toys in your toilets or investigating the strength of your dog’s tail.
And then something like this probably comes out of your mouth: “You said you wanted to do a project, so you are going to do a project!”
And everyone’s on edge, your kid won’t sit at the table, and you end up doing the project while your kid stashes crayons in every crevice of your sofa.
Maybe it’s time to try a different method of organizing your kids art supplies.
When storing kids art supplies, if you’re organizing them by category (paints in one box, glues in another, glitter in another, paper in another), your kid is going to hear a lot of “Wait. Just wait until I get everything out. Can you just wait?” No one likes to be talked to that way. So instead of storing kids art supplies by category, what about storing them by project?
If you only have to pull out one box when your child asks to do a project, you’ll save a lot of time, anguish, and whining. That means that if 3 different projects use paint, you need to store 3 sets of paints and brushes in each separate box. (To do this economically, you can make disposable watercolors for kids using egg cartons and washable tempera.) If you use tissue paper for 2 projects, pre-cut some pieces and store them separately. You can still have a space for your bulk items, but make sure you refill your project boxes when supplies run low.
I have two shelves in the garage for storing kids’ art supplies. This is what they used to look like:
This is what those shelves look like now. The top shelf holds the project boxes and Activity Hour tool kits, and the bottom shelves hold the bulk supplies (like large bottles of washable tempera that I use to make homemade watercolors for kids) to replenish the boxes on the top shelf. Now Baby T doesn’t have to wait to do his projects.