I’ve been organizing. I’ve been organizing SCHOOL SUPPLIES! Probably one of my single most favorite things to do. I’ve been in a mad dash before the kids start school to get my office/kids’ homework room/craft room/scrapbook room/blogging station in order. Yes – I’m talking about one space. :) I haven’t shared my office on the blog yet because it has been in such disarray since we moved in. It really is the busiest room in our house and most of the day you can find me or one of the kids (or all four of us) in it making a great big mess. But slowly I am making progress! One cupboard at at time.
When you walk in my office and immediately look to the right there are some tall cabinets up against the wall. After hours of purging, sorting, organizing, and labeling (my favorite part!) here is what the inside of these cabinets look like now…
I know it doesn’t look like much, but the top of this cupboard is what took me the longest. This is everything from the two years we spent building our new house. I had SO much stuff to go through and a lot of it I tossed (such a good feeling!), but these are the things I wanted to keep. Like the binder on the far left that is labeled “new house plans and designs” with all of our cabinet/built-in/room layouts and all of our design sketches.
Above those I used two buckets from the dollar store (you might remember them from my mom’s laundry room makeover!) to hold all of our paint books and additional design odds and ends like fabric swatches, etc. So happy to have all of this consolidated in one place! Now when you ask me where I got a certain light fixture or what color of paint is in a certain room I can find it in two seconds! If I don’t have the information somewhere in this top cupboard you are out of luck because my brain just isn’t big enough to hold all of those details and even if it could, it secretly wants to block them all out. ;)
Moving on to the bottom section! I designed this cupboard for the kids. All of my cabinets have adjustable shelves so I can move them around in a way that works best for us. Everything is low so the kids can reach – all of their “supplies” are in one place. Paper is on top (divided by plain white, lined, and colored card stock).
The bottom holds all of their coloring/work books. I’ve had these cheap cardboard file folders for years! They are from my teaching days. I debated covering them in some stylish wrapping paper but decided the bright colors were fun for the kids. Maybe I’ll still cover them someday if I get really ambitious but that is a low priority at this point. :) I gave Ellie and Addison two each because they have so many books. Kole has one and then one extra for miscellaneous notepads, workbooks etc. that they all use.
Just like with our original craft cupboard, the kids can take their bins to the table, make a big old mess, and then easily put everything back where it belongs.