Make it Easy Mondays: Organized Kids Station

January 12, 2015

Hi everyone! It’s Monday which means another installment of Make it Easy Mondays. Today’s post is about organization! Btw, I was able to figure out how to add printable versions of the recipes on the posts so you will see that below each recipe post. Yay! Now, go make those pancakes. My kids just devoured them for breakfast before leaving for school. 

After you have kids, you literally double or triple the amount of stuff you own. It’s crazy. They literally take over everything. They eat all your food. They scream at you. They won’t let you sleep in. They won’t let you sleep….. period. They poop all the time. They leave stuff everywhere. It’s awesome! Ha!

Organization runs through my veins. I’m not organized with everything but the more I have a place for everything, the more sane I feel and the more time I have to do the important tasks. Now, if only I could get the kids to always put the stuff back where they belong. #inmydreams

We used to live in a small townhome that had about 1300 square feet with NO garage. Did you hear that? NO GARAGE! We lived there for almost 10 years until Jules was 5 and JJ was almost 3. The challenge in living in a smaller space was that it was difficult to find ways to store everything. The positive was we had to live minimally with 2 kids. I had to be pretty creative when it came to storage since we were limited on space. We only had one family room area that was basically open to the kitchen and small dining area. Those rooms had to serve multiple purposes. When we lived in the townhome, here’s what I did to create a little area for the kids art station. It was against the small kitchen wall next to the dining area. This area worked really well for us while we were there. It’s a bad picture but I’m so glad I have it to show you! We usually had all the crayons, markers, pencils, etc in these containers. The kids spent a lot of time in this little area eating snacks, doing play doh, drawing and crafting their hearts out. If you are tight on space, don’t despair! You just need to use a little creativity to find storage. 

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The containers, metal strip, table and chairs are all from Ikea.
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Here’s another pic with Jules flossing. πŸ™‚ I know Dr. Sue is so proud right now. Gosh, I think she’s like 3 or 4 in this pic!

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Another way to corral kids’ art supplies is just using a simple tray. I recommend one that is sturdy with handles. Did you know a nice tray can cost at least $30? Um… no thanks. I thrifted this beauty for around $4. The mosaic design may have turned most people away but not me! I loved that it was large and had strong handles. The only thing that I didn’t like was something a little paint couldn’t fix.

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VOILA! #sofreshandsocleanclean

Now it has a new life and goes much better with my aesthetic. I put the metal containers back into the tray dividing the markers, colored pencils and crayons. You can put books, flash cards, etc and carry it from room to room and then put it out of sight when the kids are done. It makes my organized loving heart sing! Since we have that dresser that I shared about earlier from this post, I can just tuck this tray into one of the drawers. You could easily put this under a bed, in the closet, pantry, or anywhere close to where the kids spend most of their time. The tray could just be displayed in the open as well. Trays not only help contain items but also keeps them organized. Instead of my metal tins, you could also use mason jars, little buckets, cups, etc 

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Isn’t it so pretty?!

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The kids are hard at work drawing and doing homework. I really love that the kids know where to return things back into the right container since they are divided nicely. 

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We can take it to the playroom or any other room so easily! This also works well for desks, countertops, or anywhere you need to group similar items in an organized fashion. I love using trays everywhere around the house and the best part is it doesn’t have to cost much. 

I hope you found this simple tip helpful. Have a great start of the week!

Thanks for stopping by!

<><yuni

But all things should be done decently and in order. -1 Corinthians 14:40-

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