What better way to both educate and entertain kids than by teaching them how to craft beautiful souvenirs or create lovely watercolours? Unfortunately, all these supplies demand some serious organisation and maintenance. Don’t be discouraged! Keeping your child’s craft and art supplies organised and clean may be easier than you think. Keep clutter to the minimum with these simple organisation hacks. You’d be surprised how motivating order will prove to be to your children.
Plastic Containers for Crayon Storage
Even though these transparent containers are originally designed for food storage, they are compact enough to store kids’ crayons as well. Besides their size is perfect for this purpose. As these containers are relatively small, you can stack them on top of one another on the shelf. Why not use them for pencils and markers as well? As they are see-through, the child will easily find everything.
Don’t Allow Clutter to Collect
What’s the point in storing craft supplies which no longer serve their purpose? Think old markers, excessively short colour pencils, expired watercolours, dried up tubes of glue– all of these belong in the garbage bin as otherwise they will end up taking some extra space. Go through the child’s craft supplies once every two months (depending on the frequency of the supplies’ use), collect all useless items and dispose of them.
Sequins and Glitter Storage
Girls love applying glitter and sequins to practically everything from paintings to hand-crafted vases. These can be a real nightmare if stored incorrectly – your entire household will wind up covered in glittery dust. Here’s a good idea- why not store them in small see-through jars? Or it would be even better if you manage to find one of those compact boxes with multiple compartments and flip-up lids. There you can arrange all sequins according to colour or shape. The box is also perfect for storing other embellishments and if the little girl is into sewing, it can be used to accommodate buttons of different sizes and shapes too!
Ribbons On Spools
Ribbons, the child uses for scrapbooks, can be conveniently rolled on old thread spools. This will keep the ribbon collection neat and tidy. Separate the ribbons in a way suitable for you, for example according to colour or fabric and roll them on different spools. Spools can also be arranged in boxes with different compartments but on the other hand if you don’t want to buy a separate box for them, you can cut a longer ribbon, tie a knot at one end and string the spools on. This will keep everything in one place.
Make use of everyday items
Mundane kitchenware can come in pretty handy for storing some of your kid’s art supplies. An example of this would be using some tall water glasses for storing craft-scissors, colour pencils and markers. Use separate glasses for each type of item. Want to make them easier to carry from one room to another? Use an old tray to arrange the glasses on.
Cleaning and Maintenance
If you have a little, talented painter in your home, you should probably consider teaching them how to maintain their art supplies. It doesn’t matter whether the kid uses watercolours or tempera, either way brushes should be diligently cleaned after each use. And it’s be advisable to do so right after use before the paint has dried. This will also greatly extend the life of the brushes. How to do it? Swish the brush in the water cup to remove the paint, squeeze it and go to the sink to wash it with soap; rinse it under running water (make sure it’s lukewarm, hot water might damage the bristles). Gently squeeze again and allow the brush to dry completely. Of course water cups the child uses to rinse their brushes in, while painting with watercolours, should also be thoroughly washed after use.
If your kids are involved in a fair amount of crafting, you should do your best to teach them how to organise and store their art supplies – this will not only extend the supplies’ life but will prevent them from rolling on your kitchen or coffee table all the time. We believe our organisational tips are easy enough to follow so why not give them a try?