Monday, June 11, 2012

Organizing Paper In The Art Studio and Craft Room

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I've previously mentioned our "color box" system 
for organizing paper in my 


A color box is a small box or shoe box containing 
a spectrum of colored paper (scrapbook paper and construction paper)
cut into small rectangles (approximately 4"x6")
I always had one for each of my student's tables 
when I was teaching art in the public schools. 
They're nice to have available for kids when they're working 
on various projects like collage and avoids wasting big sheets of paper
when they only need a small piece. 
It's also a great way to recycle your small scraps from other projects. 


The color box system works great until you ignore it for 
so many weeks months that it becomes disorganized and you can't 
find what you're looking for anymore.

See what I mean? Ack!



It also only really works for small bits of paper,
I needed a better solution for bigger sheets of colored paper
for the girls and their projects.

It was time to clean it out, 
reorganize,
and re-evaluate the system.


First, "C" and I sorted everything out onto the floor.
Then, we put all of the small pieces of paper back into the color box.


Sigh...that's much better.


Here it is on a shelf in the art studio at kid level.


Then, we put together a system I've admired all year from this blog that 
I picked up these magazine organizers from the dollar bins at Target
a few months ago, and lined them up along the windowsill in the studio.

We put all of the big pieces of colored construction and scrapbook paper scraps
in here for the girls to have easy access.

And... because it's sorted by color and at their level,
it's easy for them (and their friends) to clean up after themselves!


Fondly,
Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea


3 comments:

MJ @ parscaeli said...

Love it! Scrap clutter is a big problem in our art room. I think my girls would love sorting out the remainders like you have. Always so inspired by your great stuff! XO, MJ
parscaeli.blogspot.com

Ticia said...

I've got a similar system for ours, but it's in drawers for scrapbooking paper that I'd bought a few years ago.

Mine's mostly out of reach of the kids, but that's more because they have a tendency to not put things away.......... So, I just get it out for them when they want something. I need to rework it at some point.

ROCIO said...

Very good idea!This weekend I´ll do something like this, because I have the scraps of paper in clear bags, but I prefer this idea, so it looks as decoration too.

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