As fun as arts and crafts are, the thought of tidying everything up after your little ones have finished their masterpieces fills most parents with dread.
Sara-Jayne from Keep Up With the Jones Family shows you how to make your own space-saving cart, to keep crafting clutter under control in even the smallest of spaces or spare rooms.
Step 1: Hunt and gather
Rally the troops – it’s time to get everyone involved.
It will be mayhem, it will be chaos, but the more hands the better when it comes to tidying. Make it a competition: send your helpers around your house and don’t let them return until they’ve found craft supplies that need to be stored.
Step 2: Sort it out
This bit takes the most time, but it’s the most worthwhile. Throw out any bits and pieces that don’t work or are worse for wear, and see what you’re left with that needs to be stored. Having a clear out makes it easier for the little ones to find what they want when they’re crafting.
Step 3: Shop the house
As soon as I begin a storage project, my first instinct is to go out and buy boxes, tins and jars… but often they’re not needed. Try having a hunt at home. Between the house and garage, there are usually quite a few resources that I already have and can use.
Have a look around to see if you can find something suitable.
Step 4: Arrange and assemble
Once you’ve chosen your designated craft table or unit, set up your storage space with the empty containers. There’s no point in putting all of your pompoms and sequins into boxes and jars only to find that you’re taking up more space than you were originally, or discovering that your boxes and jars don’t fit your storage space.
Top tip: Sara-Jayne used a space-saving cart that she already had to house her crafting materials, but you can use anything – storage boxes, shelving units or a desk in your spare room. Just fill them up with your bits & bobs, or try cleaning out old jam jars to house smaller supplies.
Step 5: Tidy up
Now you know that everything fits, it’s time to add the craft supplies, ready for play.
Step 6: Let them loose
There’s no point in having a beautiful storage space if it doesn’t actually work. Start crafting to see if your new space is functional. If it isn’t, rearrange!
Keep everything you’ll need in your craft corner so that you’re not only reducing clutter, but you’ll also find it easier to check what you’ve already got (how many times have you bought unnecessary supplies because you weren’t sure what was at home?). Plus, once your crafting space is complete, your little ones will want to use it more often – and you won’t mind so much when the kids want to let loose on their next bigger idea!
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