In keeping with the back to school theme, here’s a great project for all of you with kiddos in school. It’s a fun way to keep art, craft and homework supplies organized and in easy access of the little ones. No kids in school? No problem. Use a similar approach for organizing *your* craft or scrapbook supplies.

Here’s the cabinet before creative organizing intervention:

Craft cabinet

And … drum roll please ;) … here’s the cabinet after creative organizing intervention:

Craft cabinet

Here are some of the details. Small plastic drawers hold the basics: glue, stickers, pencils, colored pencils, crayons and markers. They drawers are labeled using rub-on letters and die cut monograms adhered with rubber cement.

The glass jars hold assorted goodies like wooden stencils, erasers, rubber stamps and small fabric scraps and other fun stuff for gluing (like foam letters and wooden shapes.) These are labeled using ribbon, metal rimmed tags and rubber stamps for the lettering.

Craft cabinet

A paper sorter holds plain white paper and colored construction paper. And that rounds out shelf one.

On the second shelf each child has their own supply basket … with their personal supply of favorite pencils, glue sticks, markers, erasers, scissors and so on. (The drawers serve as central supply for sharing and restocking their own basket.) These are labeled with each child’s initial.

Craft cabinet

The bottom shelf holds workbooks and coloring books in a dish-washing bin. And next to that are magazine sorters that hold notebooks and magazines (for cutting and gluing.) And then we have little metal buckets full of stamp pads and markers! And play doh and play doh tools are in the toolbox and shoebox below.

Craft cabinet

So … all in all, this makes me happy. It’s simple for the kids to find their stuff and put everything away. (Love that.) And if they forget or don’t do it? I really don’t even mind … the cabinet makes me so happy … I’ll gladly do it myself!

It’s late … so I bet I forgot some details … let me know if you have any Q’s!

Happy Labor Day to you. Hope you spend the day doing something fun and creative!

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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