Thrifty Storage for Art Supplies
I figured that this is as good a time as any to talk about how I store our mess. We have been, I mean I have been asked a couple of times how I store our stuff. I am really big on not spending a lot of money on things when I probably have most of the stuff I need on hand already. This has led me to come up with some creative storage for art supplies in our “Creative Learning Room” So here it goes.
We’re broke over here yawl! So that means I have to look for other solutions. For all of my girls store brought toys (they have way to many of those toys) I keep them in two really big totes and two medium sized totes.
As for our creative supplies, I use creative storage. Such as
Kool-Aid and Country Time Lemonade containers. I love that they’re white once you take the packaging off. I let my oldest daughter paint them so I didn’t have to look at just the white container. With them painted I don’t have to look inside each container to see what’s inside, I just know what it is by the picture.
I use these to Kool-Aid containers to corral our
- Popsicle sticks
- Cotton balls
- Bottle caps
- Tabs from tin cans
We also use a lot of Mason jars. I like that their clear, so I can see what is inside. Also, they are so pretty when I store our colorful items inside them.
They hold us
- neon colored rice (use to hold all of our colored rice but I upgraded so now it’s just the neon colored rice in a jar.)
- glass beads
- water gems
- one of our fishes
- pom poms
Love the boxes from the large multi-package of Ramen Noodles (Yes, to those who know us personally my kids do eat Ramen Noodles too.)
I use the boxes to hold our
- Lessons for the week
- Store scrap paper
- Decorated one as an inbox for the big girls school mess and I have to decorate the one we use as an outbox.
Update: these boxes also are great for them play dough play moments it holds all the play dough accessories that they are going to use for that play session. We also use them to hold sensory accessories, Crayola paint with kiddie supplies, my acrylic paints, mommies paint supplies,
By purchasing our spices in bulk, we have lots of plastic spice containers. I use these to hold play dough, little parts for lessons, traveling games, paint, glue, paper clips and so much more stuff in there.
Easter comes around once a year, so that means I gain four new baskets once a year. These little baskets come in handy even more so cause we always get more baskets than we have children. We use the baskets to hold our play dough mess, mud toys, water toys, small trinkets, lesson plan material for the week that I allow complete access to.
When I was younger my mom made macaroni and cheese with Velveeta. I don’t buy boxed stove top mac and cheese because I learned how to make it with Velveeta. I use to throw those boxes away but when I saw we were collecting way too many crayons and they were being thrown all over the place, the bottom of the Velveeta box came to the rescue. It’s the perfect size to fit a lot of our drawing and writing utensils. I store our boxes inside a three drawer little stand, two boxes per drawer.
Velveeta box storage
- Color pencils
How about Cans? Tin cans are great to use for storage. While I plan to have one of the girls decorate them, they work just as well with the labels ripped off and cleaned out. Because they’re cans I suggest that you take sometime push them edges in if you have a can opener that leaves sharp edges.
- hole punchers
- magnifying glasses
- pointy tools in them.
Now while most of our stuff is stored in creative storage that I just reused, we do have some bins and other things that I got from our local Dollar General.
Dollar General Storage Bins
Dollar General Spice Containers
- Dyed Salt
- Glitter overflow
Dollar General Condiment Containers
So these are just some of our storage solutions. We are gaining more and more supplies by the day and it’s making me come up with more storage solutions. If the way we store stuff should change I will be glad to share with you all.
Well, that’s all, for now. Later