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.