I recently mentioned that we have a bit of a problem in our home involving what my girls call, “crafts.” It usually translates into a big mess, crazy/cool creations, and clean-up that looks more like “stuff it” than “return it”. If you look back at the “before” closet pictures, you’ll see drawers full of coloring books, craft items, games, and who knows what else. I had enough. It was time to make a change.
Put all of the new coloring books, markers, workbooks, etc. in a box and get it out of sight. Include any craft items that are disasters waiting to happen without supervision. I hid this box on a shelf in my laundry room (which has its own scary before and in process pictures that I will share later…eek). Out of sight, out of mind. Great things to pull out when in need.
Score a free desk (mine is from my parents–my grandpa built this as part of a vanity for my mom back in the day!). This one is perfect as it has two drawers on each side, so each girl gets two drawers. With precious little space in my home to spare, I wondered where we were going to put a desk that would put my little craftaholics within my view. The desk fits surprisingly well on this wall in my tiny kitchen and I think it probably even matches the era of my home.
Each girl has a drawer full of their coloring books, work books, notepads, journals and so on. The top drawer of each side is filled with their writing/coloring utensils, the infamous scissors and glue, and whatever other items they decide to lovingly store. I think that Christmas gift items such as tissues and chapstick rank among the treasured items.
Before I share this final image, I will confess to be a label-maker junky (I wonder where my girls get their addictions! Ha!). For the first birthday I celebrated after being married, my dh bought me my very own label maker. Seriously. And I’m pretty sure I swooned over his thoughtfulness. Now his thoughtfulness is helping him out…..(he has a hard time remembering where and how I have painstakingly organized things!). And yes, for some reason my girls do have an abundance of sticker books. Is that normal?