Papers, Pencils, and Crayons Oh My! We all know how quickly Art Supplies can add up. Let me help you get those Art Supplies Organized!
Step 1: Round them Up! Pull out all of your Art Supplies.
Step 2: Group like items together:
Adhesives (Tapes, Glues, Staples, etc.)
Dough & Dough Supplies (Cookie Cutters, Rolling Pins)
Paint & Painting Accessories (Brushes, Sponges, Cups)
Writing tools (Crayons, Pencils, Pens)
Stamps & Stamp Pads
Scissors & Punches
Collage & Craft Materials (Glitter, Foam Shapes, Stickers, Pipe Cleaners, etc.)
Step 3: De-clutter your Supplies. Discard Broken, duplicate, worn out, and Unwanted Supplies. (For De-cluttering tips check out my previous posts onDe-cluttering Art Supplies)
Step 4: Now that you know what you have left, You can start organizing your Art Supplies.
Your first step is deciding where you are going to store your excess are supplies. To stay organized you will need to assign your items a "home".
Finding a Home for your Supplies.....
Try and keep all of your Art Supplies together. If Space is a premium, keep items grouped together by type.
For example: All of your Painting Supplies together, all of your Adhesives together etc.
As much as Pinterest leads you to believe Organizing is about "looking pretty", it's really more about how quickly you can find (and put back) the items you are looking for.
You can use a variety of Baskets, Bins, or boxes to organize your Arts & Crafts materials. Again, you don't need to spend a lot on these items consider re-purposing items you have, or using recycled items.
Consider housing your Art Supplies in a Closet, Cabinet, or Drawers. If you are Short on Space Consider a Vertical Storage option-Such as Pegboard, an Over the Door Organizer, or an under-the-bed storage box.
No matter which storage option you choose, make sure it is accessible.
Using clear storage allows you to see your materials easily. If you don't have clear storage, consider labeling your storage to make your items easier to find. You can find some links to FREE labels here.
Organizing Inspiration from IKEA
IKEA doesn't disappoint when it comes to finding options to store your Art Supplies. The Bins in the TROFAST line make it easy to sort and organize your Art Supplies. They even have wall mounted bins for the items your want to keep stored away from little hands.
Are you short on space? One of the great features about this Raskog Cart from IKEA is that you can have a "Mobile" Art Center. Stock it with commonly used Art Supplies or Writing Supplies and return it to your closet or another room.
Dough & Dough Supplies
Paint & Painting Accessories
You can use Magazine Files (Such as these FLYT ones from IKEA) to store paper-either vertically or Horizontally.
Store Construction Paper in a File Cabinet
Make your own paper rack from Wire Shelving
Crayons, Pencils, and Markers
Scissors and Punches
These Sterilite drawers can be added to cube storage to maximize your storage space
(They hang over the front just a tad).
An over the door organizer is great for scissors, punches and smaller items.
Stamps & Stamp Pads
Collage & Craft Materials
Consider reusing containers you have on hand to organize your craft supplies.
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