Before we leave for Puerto Rico, I wanted to share one of my favorite spaces here in Pennsylvania. In fact, I have spent the large majority of my time during the day in this room since we moved here. It could be called a multi-purpose room and we have called it the "red room", the "art room" and the "work room" interchangeably. I think we have settled on the "art room" as that is our very favorite thing to do here! Over the course of the week, I will show you how this space looked when we moved in, the surprise flooring that made me dance giddily around the house, how I made the room fit our family activities and how I used this room specifically for writing my first book. Today, I am going to start with a little corner of the space that the kids use for art and we all use to keep our life (somewhat) organized.
|I previously published this post on Crafts Unleashed -- all links are to Consumer Crafts and are not affiliate links|
I have created my own chalkboard "stickers" out of Silhouette chalkboard vinyl, and was prepared to make more when I stumbled upon this great deal. 50 chalkboard labels...precut with holes for$1.97. For less than $2.00 I can organize ALL of our cubbies and I do not have to break out the Silhouette!
- Various Tins, Bins, Baskets and Such
- Photo Storage Boxes (I use them for many things other than photos!)
- Chalkboard Tags
- Fine Tip Chalk Pens
- Copper Wire, String or Ribbon
A. Envelopes. You might think these are for letter writing, but think again. We need envelopes for SO much more in our family. Sending last minute money for a teacher present, corralling cut pieces of paper "money," stashing pictures to send to Grandma later...the list goes on and on and on. I was always looking for envelopes, so now they have a dedicated spot. I pick up various sizes in varying amounts at the thrift store or on clearance for pennies and they get stashed in a tin for the kids.
B. Combs. Oh my goodness, boys. They hate doing their hair and I was always running back from the driveway (waiting for the bus) to the bathroom, grabbing a comb and fixing their hair. I finally wizened up and bought them in bulk from the dollar store. I keep this tin full right by the door and my trip is shortened significantly. Also -- they can never say they "can't find" a comb.
C. Pencils. See them in the back? Talk about driving me banana-pants! Everytime it was time for homework, nobody could ever find a pencil. Red pen? SURE! Markers? Of course! Pencils? NOPE. Now, this bucket stays full of pencils no matter how many they lose. I pick up a 100 pack everytime it starts to get at all low.
D. Change. Coins and Dollars, nothing big. We have several of these "change depositories" throughout the house, but this one is specifically for the kids. When I find money on the floor (no matter who it belongs to), it goes in the tin and the boys can earn money from the tin by doing chores. It is a lot easier to tell them they can go get X amount of money from the jar than to constantly be pulling out my purse.
E. Hooks. We never have enough hooks. I always buy them on clearance and keep a tin of them. We are still new to this house, so before hanging hooks, I gauge where we need them the most. The best indicator? Where do piles of sweatshirts, coats and towels accumulate? Once there is a pattern, I add a hook. This process has not yet found an end. I am hoping someday we will reach our "hook capacity" as a family.
Underneath the tins is a set of cubbies that is turned horizontally. From Left to Right on the top:
A. Mama's Cubby -- random stuff of mine that I need to put away. The kid's are never allowed in this cubby.
B. Listen bucket -- CD's, Tapes and the like. This is our art room and also our wrestling and dancing room -- all require good music.
C. Batteries. WARNING: Store batteries in their original packaging or cover ends with electrical tape for safety. We do the latter and keep a little planter with various batteries so that the kids can reload batteries when needed without a giant search and rescue mission. Little Haeger planters <<< affiliate link to Amazon where they have a ton...but I like to find mine for less than a buck at garage sales and auctions) are my favorite quirky storage containers.
|Haeger Planter - 50 Cents at auction|
Bottom Row: My favorite row! The chalkboard tags label the initials for each child and the cubby boxes are empty. Why? For half-completed projects. I was finding that the biggest source of "stuff" in this room was art projects and craft projects that were not quite finished yet. They weren't ready to be thrown away and they were not ready to hang up. They were just there in mid-stage driving me crazy. I finally made the simple realization that we needed a place for these projects. Each kid gets a bin and when the bin is full they have to clean out the projects, finish them or throw something away. Why did I wait so long to do this?
|NOTE THE RED RED CARPET!|
Adjacent to the horizontal cubby are two vertical cubbies and a small "art cart." The art cart holds art supplies for the kids only and they are allowed to use them at almost anytime without help from adults. One supply that is not on the art cart? Glue. Also...glitter.
|That lamp base is a Haeger too! $6 at a thrift store and it WORKS! |
I need a new shade however...