Organising our playspace

It’s a new year, and we’ve lived with the new toys from Christmas for a month now, I’ve tripped over the castle too many times to mention, the railway track has been laid and dismantled every day and books have been read and re-read daily, but the novelty of the new toys and books has worn off now and J and T are starting to have that “too much choice and no order to it” play (you know where the flit from item to item never playing with it for longer than a few minutes and moving quickly to the next and doing the same thing). So for the month of February I’ve decided it’s time to get organised!

I’ve looked longingly those amazing play spaces that I see on other blogs (check out my pinterest board for some inspiring ideas) – but unlike many we don’t have a dedicated play room instead we have a lounge and dining room down stairs which are our play spaces and the children have a bedroom each – well J has a nice sized bedroom but T’s is more of a box room come bedroom with which to organise as play spaces. On an evening the downstairs becomes Rainy Day Dad’s and my living space and it is nice to have it so that it is adult space. As I write this I can see a garage, a pram and the blocks and that is just around the corner of my laptop which means I’ve not succeeded in the adult space at all.

So Task 1 I set myself last week…..

Crafting supplies

I want J and soon T’s art and crafting to be mostly child led – of course I have ideas that we try out but it is lovely now that J is leading some of the art experiences that we do at home (See his animal printing idea) so the crafting supplies need to be easily accessed and seen so he can request what he wants to use and as both get older they can access the supplies themselves.

My crafting supplies were in a huge pile on the floor – mixed in with the junk modelling supplies (well technically hidden under the junk) or better described as stuff that I have rescued from the recycling pile to use to create! So I brought some clear boxes and set up different boxes of craft supplies.

Crafting supplies before organisation

This was the pile of crafting suplies - the box that you can just about see contained everything.

We now have a pile of boxes on top of a cabinet in the dining room that are clear and J can easily see and ask for what he wants. I’ve organised it into

  • A wet box – this contains all of our paints, glues, glitter glues and some of the more permanent pens, this is the biggest box, heaviest and also has the lid that can’t easily be removed.
  • Our snow cloud dough – yes we’re still using this a lot – J asks daily to play in the snow and it gets brought down and played with and then put back onto the stack
  • Painting equipment – this includes our messy mat, paint brushes, sponges, yogurt pots, dishes, cake cases and everything and anything that J has decided to paint with and I couldn’t rescue back to it’s original purpose
  • Play dough – a box filled with our playdough tubs, home made playdough in bags, moulds, cutters, plastic cutlery, plastic scissors and odd googley eyes, pipe cleaners, craft sticks and various other bits that J has decided to add to his playdough at various times.
  • Collage box – this is our fullest box and includes everything and anything that we could use to craft with, so there is a lot of googley eyes, tissue paper, craft foam, bubble wrap, craft sticks, and everything and anything else that I find and think OHHHH I could use it for that
  • A pen/crayon box – our smallest box but still with a lid has crayons, pencils and pens in. At the moment it’s on the side but the hope is that it will go on a small table for J and T to dive into when they want to draw when I tried that all that happened was J sorted the crayons into piles all over the house and T ate them – so we will try again in a few more months.
Craft supplies organised for easy use

Our after picture - all crafting supplies organised for ease of use

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Cerys is the founder of Rainy Day Mum, a former Marine Biologist and Teacher she is now a stay at home mum to J and T. She can be found elbows deep in paint, glue, mud and sand at various times of the year and also behind the screen working on Rainy Day Mum and editing post for The Playroom on BonBon Break.

Comments

  1. says

    What a great start you have made Cerys – I love to see houses where it is obvious children live there too, it so sad how many people have show homes with books on shelves that never are read etc. Good luck with this on going project & enjoy the creativity of your little ones. Kierna
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    • says

      Thank you – I like that J and T have the “run” of the house and it looks like a family home – I have friends that have show home homes and you can’t tell that they have children.

  2. says

    Great job tackling your craft supplies. Your system looks a lot like mine except I am bad at putting things back in the boxes right away so stuff is always piled around and on top of them. 😉

    Btw, I love your new header and design. Your site is taking great shape!
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    • says

      This is only day 1 of the organisation – I wonder if by tomorrow after our crafting this afternoon it will still look as tidy as I think we maybe the same get the stuff out and leave lying on the boxes as well.

      Thank you for the comment on the site as well 😀 it is starting to take shape

  3. says

    You did a great job! I need to figure out how to organize our craft supplies as well. We do have a “playroom” but it’s only as big as a walk in closet. It’s a very tiny space that has to hold a lot because all of our other spaces are tiny too. Lol. He has play spaces in every room, but the playroom is our way of trying to hold the bulk of it. I’ve been racking my brain to figure out exactly how to make the most of it. I love your stacking bins idea! I love your space. :)
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    • says

      I think your playroom is probably the size of T’s bedroom as it’s the same size as a walk in closet – she’s going to have to have a toddler bed for a while otherwise there will be no space in her room. The stacking bins seems to be working – only problem yesterday was that we had to lift everything off to get in the bottom one

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