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Unplanned project: closet craft organization

Last Tuesday, we got home from a week on the road. With a weeks’ worth of laundry, new toys, spent car activity supplies (more on that coming soon) finally unloaded for good, the house looked like a tornado zone and felt like a mess.

On Wednesday, A. and I ran errands together on our last day off before heading back to daycare and work. On my list for the day: stop at the dollar store to get new bulbs for the front entry light fixture. This should have been simple, but the dollar store tempts me with ideas for crafts, toddler activities and home organization. Given the current state of our house, I was an easy victim.

In addition to picking up a few light bulbs, I grabbed supplies for a quick closet storage makeover project. For just a few dollars, I whipped up a simple, cheap and effective solution for A.’s growing collection of art and craft supplies.finished bins on shelf

We had been storing A.’s art supplies in a big shoe box under the bed. As she’s gotten older and more mobile, this is no longer a safe place for finger paints, markers, glue and other supplies we’d rather she not use unattended. When I saw the cute and colorful handled bins, I knew a grouping of these on A.’s currently empty closet shelf would be perfect for easy adult-only access to supplies while keeping things neat and sorted.

As I wandered the store, I also grabbed a three-pack of Sharpies in coordinating colors, some cotton twine and a pack of index cards to make custom labels for each bin. I had recently pinned a tutorial on DIY striped bakers twine and though this would be a cute and simple way to try it out.

bakers twine

The DIY tags didn’t work out how I had hoped, so I ended up trying something different. I used a bokeh photo of Christmas lights I snapped last week as a background and whipped up matching labels by adding text in Picnik. I used Scotch self-sealing photo laminating sheets to give them a wipable, durable finish.

I love it! A.’s art supplies now look as cool as the things she makes with them, and I am thrilled that she has a neat and organized closet. If only the parts other people could see looked better!

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