Some of our clients really like using rolling carts, like the Raskog from Ikea or rolling sets of colorful plastic drawers. These are great if you have the floor space. If you need to store things in a cabinet or on shelves instead, you might find the following tips helpful.
Tip 1: I like to use magazine holders to corral activity books, coloring books and sketch pads. Magazine holders are very space efficient and won’t suck up a lot of space on your shelves. You can also store them upright or down on their side.
Tip 2: Do you like to separate out markers, crayons and colored pencils by color? You can place about 10 glass jars or plastic drinking cups in a shallow Sterilite bin and and store one color per jar.
Tip 3: A caddy with a handle is a helpful place to store your child’s scissors, glue sticks, pencils and packages of crayons, markers and colored pencils (if you don’t want to separate them out by color). The caddy can easily be transported from the closet shelf to the table for use.
Tip 4: A stacking, office-style paper tray is helpful to organize loose pieces of colored paper, scrapbook paper and scrap paper.
Tip 5: To corral all the odds and ends — pom poms, pipe cleaners, scraps of felt, etc., we simply use plastic shoebox-sized bins. We place big labels on the outside of each bin so you can quickly find things on the shelf.
Tip 6: It can be helpful to have some extra small plastic bins on hand to contain projects in process. You can use a dry erase marker on these bins to label each bin with the name of the project.
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