It’s no secret that kids are both sweet and wild, thoughtful and messy. It’s in their nature! As much as us parents try to instill good habits in these smaller, cuter versions of ourselves, sometimes we have to take matters (and crayons) into our own hands.
Helping our children expand their artistic abilities and uncover new skills and talents is a wonderful journey. Helping them become responsible and intentional with their belongings can be just as exciting.
Today, I am focusing specifically on how I approach organizing craft areas with kids in mind.
Assess the Space
I start organizing kid spaces a bit differently than adult spaces. I ask questions like: Are the desks spaced properly to allow for movement around the room? Will the table placement close to the wall encourage coloring in places (and walls) that shouldn’t be colored? Are the chairs properly sized for the age range of the kids who will be using the space? Is there room for an adult chair or two?
If the answer to any of these is “no,” there’s a bit of pre-work to do. The key to a truly organized space is its enhanced functionality.
Gather the Goods
If you already have a collection of craft supplies, pull everything into one central location and start the sorting process. Like goes with like. Empty items go into recycling. Old, unusable items get properly disposed. Unwanted (but still usable) items are donated.
You might be surprised by how many craft items will fall into these categories as you’re sift through everything. When necessary, there may be a hunt through the rest of your home for that wayward box of markers or missing accessories to your teenager’s jewelry making kit accessories.
Designate and Label
Yes, this is the part where we bring out the fun desk organizers, labels, and bins galore. While the age of your children will determine the type and placement of each organizer, a few of my favorites include spinning desktop organizers, marker caddies, peg boards, and open shelves. I also love a rolling cart that corrals supplies and moves them from location to location like this one from the Container Store. My son has one and it works like a charm!
Peg boards are nice for keeping scissors and other sharp objects out of reach, when necessary — without causing you to wonder where they wandered off to. Open shelves are great for easy access to labeled bins, especially when little ones covered in paint might have a hard time opening cabinet doors.
Show off your kids’ biggest crafty achievements in a space meant just for their treasures. This could be artwork framed as part of a gallery wall or pieces displayed on floating shelves.
Are you looking to bring out the “FUN” in the function of your children’s spaces? Do you need help controlling the chaos and the colored pencils? Set up a design coffee chat to get started!