I started this post almost a month ago, and it somehow got lost in the shuffle and was never published. That’s OK, as it’s really just a compilation of photos taken during the process of organizing Zander’s arts and crafts supplies, which were previously all over the place and impossible to find when we needed them.
I was delighted to discover that the 3 bins pictured below (which are designed for storing office supplies in a desk drawer) actually fit perfectly into a large plastic container with a clear lid and handles that we just happened to have lying around with no apparent purpose. This was a match made in heaven!!
The top layer is full of the things we use most often–crayons, colored pencils, markers, glitter glue pens, cookie cutters (for play dough), and wooden craft sticks:
The middle layer has paints, paint brushes and sponges, buttons, beads, cut-out foam shapes, pipe cleaners, and pom poms:
And the bottom layer has all sorts of random stuff–glass gem stones, glow-in-the-dark beads, mini-clothespins, adhesive googly eyes, adhesive velcro (various shapes and sizes), adhesive magnetic strips, thread, elastic string, suction cups, index cards, photo corners, various types of glue, adult scissors (pre-school scissors have been ordered and are on their way as I type, thanks to Amazon.com), and some glow-in-the-dark glitter:
After stacking these 3 organizers inside the storage bin, I added a few more cookie cutters, placed our rubber stamps and stamp pads on top, then closed the lid:
Zander is not yet allowed to access this bin unsupervised (since many of the items are obviously unsafe for a little person without his mama to help him), but he frequently points to it on the top shelf in his play room and asks for items from within (usually crayons):
We have a couple of other smaller (but similar) storage bins that I filled with colorful pieces of felt, jars of homemade play dough, construction paper, blank note cards and envelopes, and sheets and books full of all sorts of bright and colorful stickers.
And while were were at it, we tidied up Zander’s toy shelf, as well:
It’s so much easier to find (and create) things without all the clutter!!