- A Project For: Jose and Jax
- Age: 4 and 1
- Location: St Paul, MN
Maximizing a tiny bit of wall space to create an organized and easily accessible arts and crafts storage center.
When we decided to transition our boys from daycare to staying at home with a nanny, it was very important to me they still have a “classroom”. I wanted to maximize the tiny bit of wall space available in the laundry room to create a mega arts and crafts storage center. My main requirement was storage to not only contain all the arts and crafts supplies, but also to keep them easily accessible. I wanted the kids area to fit in with the my inspiration board I created for the rest of the laundry room.
We love all things modern and functional. Clean lines and proper organization are very important to us. We like open and uncluttered spaces.
With a combination of Ikea Trofast Storage bins, magazine racks, and paper boxes I was able to create a ton of organized arts and crafts storage. We made sure to use the safety anchors to secure the lower storage units to the wall to prevent tipping. The lower storage bins and upper wall unit are from the Ikea Trofast collection. The magizne racks and paper boxes are from the Container Store. The various other storage containers and clipboard are from Target.
I love the wall unit with the smaller white bins. It helps keep dangerous or messy items, like scissors and paint, out of little ones hands. But the bins easily pull out and can be set on the table when needed. For example, we keep one bin full of loose crayons. When the kids want to color, we just pull out that bin and put it in the center of the table.
Figure out items you have to store and then build a plan around them. See what is in our arts and crafts bins. When challenged with a small space, think vertical. This arts and crafts storage area is only 3 feet wide, but buy using the vertical height we achieved maximum storage in a small footprint.