Thursday, July 26, 2012

Keep CALM and ORGANIZE on

HelloOOooOo.

I enjoyed the "10 on 10" link parties so much that I have joined another link party over at "A Thoughtful Place".  

The theme is "Keep Calm and Organize On", and the goal is simple.  Organize some-thing.

I've been thinking about organizing the kid's willy-nilly art supplies for some time, so the link party is a great excuse to put it on my priority list.  Here is sort of how we use them now:


As you can see, we had some of them them in this little blue organizational tote, but here is the problem with this tote:
1.  They naturally get spilled everywhere if the kids wanted to take them into other rooms.
2.  It still seems to be so open and free that the kids didn't really take too much care to put them back where they belong.  It's like, just as long as they get in the tote, it doesn't matter which part of the tote.

So, my goal was to organize them into something that is easy for them to use, but also to take around the house, into the car...and most importantly - easy enough for them to keep up with the organization themselves, so putting their supplies in the right place comes naturally to them. 

I started with a 3 ring binder and some CLEAR pencil pouches with holes for the binder (I think I spent about $5 all together). 


I absolutely think clear is the best choice for most organizational tools.  This way I don't have to read.  I kid, I kid, but really it does save time that you don't have to label everything, and it is certainly a necessity when you have children using them that don't yet read.

I just organized and stuffed.  I took care not to put anything too thick in it, otherwise the folder wouldn't close.  This is the result:




Very happy with it. 




15 comments:

  1. Great idea, Amy!

    I'm sharing this over at my organizing board at Pinterest. Now, to score some clear plastic pouches on the cheap during the sales this month...

    Have a great week,
    Nicolette

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  2. Thanks, Nicolette! I got mine for 59 cents, so I don't think you'll have trouble. You have a great week as well!

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  3. Ah! Looks great. I love the pouch idea. Thank you so much for linking up!

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  4. What a great idea. Found this on Pinterest and I'm pinning it to my organizational board so I can try to do this too. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Ain't no thang, Christa! I hope it DOES help you "control your craziness". Thanks for the comment!

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  5. I love this idea as it would be easy to grab on the go too! I often grab my children some markers and a coloring book/sketchbook for road trips, waiting at a siblings lesson or just going to grandpa's house. This would keep it all together and able to be used on the go or in the home.

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    1. Glad you like it, Anon! Don't be a stranger. ;)

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  6. I am so gunna do this. Thanks a bunch.

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    1. You're more than welcome. Thank YOU for stopping by the blog!

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  7. I love everything about this idea! Thinking this (minus the scissors and glue) will be my son's car entertainment pack! For road trips and days we just have to run those errands all over town.

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    1. I'm so pleased you feel you can use it! Thanks for the comment, Sarah!

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  8. I ended up using ziplock bags in the end. They were cheaper and you can make them fit anywhere. They come in all sizes, so you can fit the larger items into bigger bags if needed.

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  9. This will work great for my girl scout meetings instead of carrying multiple totes to and from meetings. I can make up these with all kinds of our different supplies and put it in one box to carry.

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