My son likes to do crafts and I have been working more with him lately on sitting down and focusing. He loves to make play dough pancakes and marker maps and “write” grocery lists which are truly cherished scribbles to me.
The problem was, there was nowhere to put all of the things, so the china cabinet in the dining room became cluttered with art supplies. Accessible, kind of. Meeting my need for a clutter free home? Not so much.
Enter my idea to create an art closet. I choose the closet in one of our downstairs bedrooms that has become a computer room office/playroom/put all of the junk in there room. And the closet was just, well, a disaster.
The hardest and longest part of this process was just going through all of our stuff! I hadn’t touched this closet since we moved in two and a half years ago. What I discovered was a lot of trash and a lot of stuff to give to Goodwill. Then, it was easy to arrange a bookshelf inside the closet with a basket for paper, markers, crayons, play dough, games, and art supplies. Enter a toddler accessible art closet that allows him to create whenever he likes and me to have a clutter free house.
My other favorite feature of this art closet is something I did shortly after we moved to this house. I painted the entire inside of the door with chalkboard paint and measured out a 6 foot measuring chart that I painted on with white paint. We have been using this to measure my little guy since he was about 18 months old and he has the free reign to color on the chalkboard door as much as he wants.
I also love his little hand-prints and every member of our family has been measured on our door at some point during visits. I love this part of our home, but as my father-in-law pointed out, we are going to have to take this door with us when we move!
So there you are, one mini makeover of an art closet, absolutely free, that made our lives just a bit more easy. It’s amazing what organization will do for you!
What have you organized lately?