Sometimes I post room reveals and then forget about them. Well, today I thought I would show you an update of a room and how it’s functioning for our family. Do you remember when I re-did the loft? (Find it here.)
I experimented with this room, in the form of storage…I generally like clutter out of view, but that isn’t always practical with kids. I thought if I could organize all their craft supplies where it was super easy for them to see they would:
a.) Use them more
b.) Keep them organized
This experiment was a HUGE success!
I organized all supplies by type: markers, colored pencils, crayons, scissors, etc. Then, I put them all within a larger container. I think the key to making this work is the larger container!
The girl’s still carry markers or pencils out of the loft, but when I tell them to pick them up, they put them back where they belong without any problem. (Did I mention I have a recently turned 5 year old, and there’s no whining involved!?)
This is the first room you see when you walk up the stairs, and it generally looks like this:
BUT, since we have been using the system for their supplies, it’s been much cleaner!
I also love that I can change out the chalkboard with different quotes or sayings. I design what I want in Picasa, print it on an overhead clear sheet, then use my projector to transfer it.
I also made a version for you! Click on the image below to go to the printable version.
I just printed it on craft paper, so use your creativity and have fun!
Most likely a good idea we don’t have kids at home anymore as I can’t seem to keep either one of my rooms (sewing room and computer/crafting room) tidy for any length of time. I do try but when I’m working on projects I need to have my “stuff” out so I can see it and be inspired.
I have to salute your efforts to keep your kids crafting supplies organized. I use alot of caddies to keep stuff in where I can see it.
Love the container you have to keep their art supplies in, looks like it works wonderfully, great idea to repurpose if that’s what you did, great size for the need .
Your loft doesn’t really look bad at all but to Mom’s it does. But they’re kids, they need to make messes to learn. Believe me I know, I had 4 rascals, 3 close together, 6 yrs, after 3rd.