This morning I found two posts in my reader that inspired me to organize our arts & crafts cabinet: If I Show You Ours, Will You Show Me Yours? and Art Supply Round-up.
First of all, we are very blessed to have plenty of space. For the first ten months of Gerrick's life, the three of us lived in 864 square feet. Until six months ago we lived in a slightly larger apartment. Now we are in an 1876 square-foot house, and I am so grateful!
On to the good stuff...
Gerrick's main table work space is his desk which is in the corner of our family room. We bought this for him when he was 21 months old, and it has really been worth the cost. (More drawers can be added later to bring it up to standard height, too.) You can click on the photo to see things more closely. Right now the things that he uses most often are his Prismacolor pencils, scissors, scotch tape, and craft sticks.
The drawers can be opened from either side of the table. Right now they hold
12x18 white sulphite paper;
stamps and stencils;
8 1/2 x 11 white paper and small construction paper;
activity books, notepads, envelopes;
Our messier art supplies are kept in a cabinet in our kitchen island. Gerrick has full access, and uses paints, clay, etc., at the island or kitchen table. As you can see below, it really needed organizing.
Gerrick wanted these things from the cabinet taken out to his garage space.
I put extra materials and things that he doesn't use on his own yet (like the hot glue gun) in an upper kitchen cabinet.
Getting the art cabinet organized has really inspired him. This is what he's been doing while I've been making this post.
I think I'll join him now. :)