August 23, 2012

organized kids' arts and crafts closet



Because we have a small mudroom area (more to come on that space,) I turned our small coat closet into a arts & crafts closet for Preston and Lyla.  We keep all their toys upstairs in the playroom, but I wanted all the markers, paints, glue, etc. to be downstairs where I could supervise them.  So my handy husband built shelves in this closet and I began organizing!



I headed out to the dollar store and picked up these turquoise bins that are perfect for their art supplies. What I love about the smaller ones, is that they have a nice handle. I keep all these supplies on the lower shelf, so the kids can go in there themselves and choose the bin with the colors or paints they want to use and easily carry it out to the table.

I used these larger baskets to hold their coloring books, workbooks, and notebooks.


These little buckets came from Pottery Barn Kids a couple of years ago. 

And I love the dry erase crayons.  Do ya'll have these?  That little small dry erase board in the back is for the dry erase crayons.  There is a white side and then the back is black.  It's a perfect size for small hands and great for the car.  So fun!


This paper roll is awesome!  We have had it for about 3 years or so, and this is only our second roll and it gets used almost daily.  Great purchase!  My kids love doing the mosaic picture projects, so I have a supply of those here.


Other baskets hold flash cards, stamps, and bubbles.  And on the top shelf (above the chalkboard) I have things I don't want them to necessarily get out on there own, like play dough, water balloons, etc.

 
And finally I tried to get a picture of the whole closet, but this is the best I could do.  This closet is in a small hallway and has a really high ceiling, so it was hard to get far enough back to get everything. 

So nice to have everything organized and pretty.  I find myself opening the door when I walk by just to look at it again :)  Do you do that after you've done a project that you're happy with?
 
With school starting next week, we are organized and ready for school projects!
 
 
 
And if you're interested in more organization, here is how I organize my kids' toys & our photos:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


22 comments:

  1. What a great use of a tiny space, and it's also a good way to teach your kids to be independant getting their art supplies and putting them back in their spots, kudos!

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  2. Oh, Becky...I LOVE this!! I am a complete type-A and I ADORE organization! This is the perfect space for your kiddos to create and I love how you made such good use of the small closet. Can you come over and organize all of my closets now?? :)

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  3. Definitely do that! organizing makes me happy! this looks great. I am constantly doing my kids crafts space as they are constantly making it a mess! ha! vicious cycle

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  4. What a GREAT idea! I have to say that although I've been told not to rush stages for baby to grow up, I really get excited thinking about doing crafts - and that's just not gonna happen for a little bit longer - but this is a cute idea for when it does!

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  5. I LOVE THIS! I am in dire need of some motivation to start organizing my house-- this is perfect! thanks for sharing :)

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    http://penelopeblue.blogspot.com/

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  6. I would like to have this arts and crafts closet! What a great idea! Oh, how I wish I was so organized ;) I'm loving those turquoise bins too. I'd hope you'll stop by the ol' party again to share this :) Hope to see you there! http://www.hubbymademe.com/throwback-thursday-no-7/

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  7. Wow...I'm in heaven. I'm such a frustrated organized person...so want every closet to look like this, but somehow it doesn't quite stay that way! Happy weekend ~

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  8. Fantastic job! Now, if you have a trick to get the kids to keep it organized, I definitely want to hear that! I love your idea. Thanks for joining the party at One Creative Weekend! I hope you have a great weekend.

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  9. OMG! I love it! I may be making a trip to the Dollar Store this weekend in an attempt to re-create this greatness! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning!

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  10. I love that you like to just open the door and look in! Puts a smile on my face. Yes, I have projects like that as well. Sometimes a good organization project can just make me happy! The closet looks great.

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  11. So stinkin' cute! I love this idea!
    Thanks for linking up @ Keep Calm & Link Up! Can't wait to see what you come up with next week!

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  12. I'm inspired because this looks GREAT!

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  13. This is organization perfection! I love how you found smaller containers for some of the supplies so your kids could gather things on their own. Great job!

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  14. You already know how much I love this, but I wanted to thank you for linking up at my party! I'm featuring you this week! :) I hope you'll come by again and grab your feature button if you want it :) http://www.hubbymademe.com/throwback-thursday-no-8/

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  15. This is an amazing space. I love the organization. Do you manage to keep it that organized on a daily basis? Kudos to your hubby for building you those shelves! New follower here from That Friday Blog Hop.

    Michele @ http://lovejoyjunction.blogspot.com/

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  16. Love this! Would love for you to share this at our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party...just posted it! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/09/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_13.html

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  17. So organized, I'm jealous! I'd love for you to link this project up to Do Something Crafty Friday: http://seevanessacraft.com/2012/09/do-something-crafty-57/

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  18. This is perfect for the kiddos! Our art supplies could really use this! Thanks so much for linking up- I'll be featuring it on my blog next week!

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  19. where did you purchase the paper roll thingy. I love that!

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    1. I has really been a great purchase! It's from Toys to Grow On and here's the link: http://www.toystogrowon.com/sku654

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