For the last few weeks I have been working on my kids “work zone”. Last month I posted Kids Work Zone Part 1-Writing Supplies. You know we were starting to have the avalanche of paper, coloring books, artwork, markers and more. What we were doing was clearly NOT working. Ironically, about a week ago I was speaking to a Mom’s Group and we were talking about this same topic. Mom’s were asking where do you keep your kids homework supplies, art papers, and all the other papers associated with kids and school. My advice, keep it simple, keep it where those things typically end up. For most people, that’s the kitchen. Sooooo, tomorrow I will have a post with lots of show and tell on how I created my “Kids Work Zone”.
But for today I want to leave you with this tip on storing the papers your kids want to keep. Let me start by saying this is not necessarily the papers YOU want to keep as mementoes and this is NOT for all the craft papers your kids bring home from school. THAT is a whole different story and maybe an entirely different blog post. This is for all those drawings, coloring sheets, writing, poems, etc. that your kids work on at home that end up like little daisies sprouting up on your kitchen table. This idea actually came from one of my clients.
I gave each girl their own little drawer as you can see in the picture above. I call it the “your choice drawer”. When we are cleaning up and there is a coloring page or writing lying around I ask my girls if they want to keep it or recycle it. If they want to keep it they go and put the paper in their drawer. This gives them their OWN space, where they can keep their own things and they get to decide what goes in the box. Now I did start with some parameters, the girls and I had a chat about how we can tell when it’s time to recycle some of the paper. We decided when the box gets filled up they will have to decide what stays and what goes. At the end of the school year or the summer we will go through box again and decide what we keep in their big keepsake boxes.
Tune in tomorrow to see how this piece fits in with all the other pieces of the “Kids Work Zone” puzzle.
How do you manage all the kids work zone supplies? This is such a problem for so many moms’ I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below.