Some details in the "everything room":
In this room we try to keep everything in visual range, the idea being that if one can see it, one is more likely to use it. Of particular importance for our family are the art supplies. With 4 kids, you can imagine that “arting” (our family word) is high on the priority list. There is always a creation in the works in this space, something this mumma completely supports and understands, ahem.
The kids medium of choice these days is drawing centered. From oldest to youngest, there is a constant use of pencils, crayons, pencil crayons, & markers so accessibility is paramount. I have always stored these supplies in various plastic bins, that have over time broken down, cracked or lost their lid. This was always a temporary solution for me as I waited for my brain to think through an alternative. I contemplated the coffee can – too tall for short crayons/markers, small can – too sharp, jars – still packed in the garage (and still too tall). After awhile I considered small wood boxes but asking the hubby to make one more thing in a no-renovation summer would be hypocritical after all.
Enter the art caddy, with a little adaptation via cardboard and exacto knife, it now holds our daily supplies. It spins like a lazy susan to keep all the hands at the table happy (remember accessibility) and it looks completely at home in the everything room.
And the best part for me is getting just a little more organized for the home schooling year ahead.
How do you store and organize art supplies in your home?