Packing up your things to move is always a daunting task. One of the troublesome areas in your home to organize is the art and craft supply collection. Many senior residences are packed with years of collected art and craft items. Below are some helpful hints we have gleaned over the years by observing how others organize this creative part of their lives.
I know how easy it is to get sucked into buying one of those colorful drawer organizers. You know the ones. They have the wheels that suggest to you that it is easily mobile. The main problem with them is they collect dust, inside and out. Plus, you really need to watch how much weight you put in each drawer, like too many tubes of acrylic paint, spray cans of adhesive or fixatives which will cause the drawers to sag outside their track. Also, if you try to move them, they get off center and the drawers begin to sag and end up . . . outside their track. I struggled with one of these for years until I finally took it apart and gave it away.
So what did I do with all the supplies I was left with after I got rid of my drawers? As I said, my major drawback to the drawers was the collection of dust and weight, so that is what I am going to address here as I give you a few tips on organizing your art and craft supplies.
I now have a dedicated shelf for my supplies. Although the shelf doesn’t look as uniform as the drawer cabinet, it does take care of the weight. You can find plenty of cute, but reasonably priced containers to take care of the dust and storage for your supplies by shopping at a dollar store, garage sale or thrift shop.
Tip #1: PLASTIC SHOE BOXES
Plastic shoe boxes are inexpensive enough to where you can have several of them for separating various categories of supplies: paints, brushes or drawing supplies like rulers, compass and protractors, etc. They are see-through and more importantly, they keep the dust off your supplies.
TIPS #2: MEDIUM STORAGE CONTAINERS
Medium storage containers work well for your blank canvas and other surfaces you draw on. Notice I have a large gift bag in the back? That’s where I keep my loose drawing paper or card stock that come in shrink wrap. Make sure the container is tall enough to sit your sketchbooks, etc on their sides so you can easily get to it without having to lift or shuffle them around.
TIP #3: COOKIE/POPCORN TINS
The cookie and popcorn tins that come your way on holidays are also great for art supply storage. I have all my adhesives and fixatives stored in one of mine. Also, they’re a good place to store your glue guns and glue or wood burning set.
TIP # 4: SMALL PLASTIC BASKETS AND BOXES Now for you adult coloring enthusiasts. I found a cute purple basket at the dollar store and used some ribbon to weave through the sides and a dragonfly clip to decorate it for my colored pencil tins and box of drawing pencils. It keeps them together and although the basket is not covered, the tins protect the pencils from the dust.
Also, gel pens never seem to come in a handy storage package so I found a used plastic container that is large enough to fit my set of 100.
TIP#5: CARDBOARD BOXES
If you’re like me, you have collected quite a few coloring books. With all the online ordering, we all have access to plenty of cardboard boxes of various sizes. I chose a box for my coloring books that has a flip lid that nicely tucks into the sides of the box.
Have fun organizing your creation corner for that upcoming move. Interiors for Seniors offers free consultations. 321-279-3301