As they have grown, the amount and type of activities that are housed in the dining room has grown too. We still have the art supplies, but now we have learning and activity books in addition to the coloring books. We have mounds of Play-Doh and the required tools, and now what seems to be an endless supply of puzzles. Play-Doh, for obvious reasons, is in the dining room, because who really wants to clean that out of the carpet? And the puzzles, well you have to have a good space to spread out.
We had an organizing system in place for all of these things, but as the days went on I was growing more and more irritated with the way it all was beginning to look. It just wasn't working they way it was originally set-up. Finally, this weekend I had enough and scoured the basement to find something to make it all work better. Here are the before and after of this weekend's reorganization:
I must say, once this was all done I felt so much better. The space is more organized, there is not paper all over the floor and I didn't have to spend one penny on any of it! How do you store your kids' art/coloring supplies?