I love storage ottomans. It’s the ultimate hidden storage solution. When we first got ours, we decided to store DVDs in it. However, DVDs get lost or aren’t put back in the proper case so what we ended up with was a storage ottoman filled with mostly empty cases. (Yes, that is a 3.5 inch floppy disk storage case filled with unfilled coin wrappers in there!)
This storage ottoman was a mess.
Actually the whole living room was a mess.
It look liked an art supply store exploded on the round glass top coffee table and shrapnel was flung everywhere.
I encourage the kids to draw and color. I want them to express themselves creatively. During Back to School season, I stocked up on crayons, markers, colored pencils, and glue sticks. Most of those were scattered all through the living room.
Each night while I prepared dinner, the kids would draw me pictures. I have had pictures of monsters, princesses, castles, Mickey Mouse, aliens, you name it drawn just for me.
So I had the bright idea of turning our storage ottoman into our art supply storage. I emptied it. (Spoiler alert) I tossed most of the cases and put aside the DVDs to be organized into binders.
I bought pencil boxes for $0.87 each and pulled out my label maker. Crayons are sorted into three color groups: pinks/reds/oranges, greens/yellows/browns, and blues/ purples/ blacks. The blue bin is holding the DS, wii remotes, and a notepad. I even found a paper box from Target for about $6.00 and I already had the colorful bins in a closet…holding nothing. Remember clutter control tip#3? These were bins I bought for a different organizing venture. However, I made the mistake of buying bins before I knew what I was going to put in them so they ended up contributing to the clutter. Yeah…so I am not all that good at organizing. I’m working on it though. Check it out!
A week later….
It’s looking pretty good. I still have to remind the kids to put up their art supplies. But they no longer whine that they don’t know where it goes.
Do you have a hidden storage solution for your kid’s art supplies? If so, share your storage ideas with me in the comments. I really am trying to learn how to be more organized!