Guest Post by Stacie from Motherhood on a Dime
Ahhh…it truly is my favorite time of year! I love Back-to-School sales — and getting stocked up on paper, glue, scissors, and more inexpensively!!
Once you’ve stocked up, it’s time to organize all that new stuff (and the old stuff, too). It’s tempting to run out and buy some expensive new bins and carts, but you really don’t need to! Here are eight of my favorite ways to organize craft supplies with recycled, repurposed, or inexpensive items!
1) Food containers
One of my favorite ways to store scissors, markers, or colored pencils is a powdered chocolate milk container. Also, frosting containers are the perfect size for crayons. Just make sure to label them, so you remember what’s inside!
Plastic jars (like peanut butter jars) work well because you can see what you have quite easily. If your craft items are out of reach of your little ones, glass jars are also an option.
2) Wipes containers
Baby wipe containers are great for crayons, stickers, glue, and many other craft items. They stack well, too. Make sure to add a label so you know what’s in them.
3) Egg Cartons
For small items like wiggly-eyes, pom-poms, and beads, egg cartons are perfect! You can also sort items by color.
I use a repurposed spice rack for small craft items as well.
I have found cans to be the perfect size for pencils, pens, glue sticks, and scissors. Make sure to put some tape around the top lip to avoid any cuts from the metal.
5) Shower caddy
You can often find a shower caddy for just a few dollars. I put the craft supplies we use regularly in it, and then it’s portable. I can take it upstairs if we’re working on a project there — or back down to the basement when we’re working there. (Sometimes we even take it outside!)
6) Popcorn tins
I store tons of our educational supplies in popcorn tins. They work well for cookie cutters, pattern blocks, and other items that take up a little more space!
7) Sealable plastic bags and hangers
I have a wardrobe that serves as our main craft closet, and it has a hanging bar in it. One day, I realized I wasn’t utilizing that space, so I stuck some of our puzzles and other supplies in large zip-top baggies. Then, I used hangers with clips to hang the baggies on the rod!
8) Shoeboxes (cardboard or plastic)
Over time, I’ve accumulated quite a few plastic shoeboxes. While this may be expensive if you buy them all at once, it really is pretty inexpensive if you buy a couple every few weeks or months (just make sure you get the same kind so they stack well)! You can find them at lots of stores for about $1.
Cardboard shoeboxes work well, too. Just made sure to add a label, so you know what is inside the container.
What are your favorite, inexpensive ways to store your craft supplies?
Stacie blogs about her quest to find balance and bargains at Motherhood on a Dime. You can also find her sharing simple activities for little kids over at The Amazing Mess and pinning all of her favorite crafts for kids, homeschooling, and organizational ideas on Pinterest.