Every so often I feel like I am being swallowed up by toys. BB has been very artsy lately and my living room was beginning to feel like Hurricane Art had ripped right through it.
We have a small living space; so our living room is also our play room, craft room and
There are a lot of cute and stylish organization items on the market. But, since this was going to be in my living room, I wanted something that would look a little bit more like furniture... something that wouldn't stick out too terribly. After all, this IS an adult room just as much as it is a kid room.
We have a lot of vintage stuff around our house, so I was thinking about different types of antique containers that would work. As I was running these ideas past my husband, he reminded me that toolboxes would fit the bill.
So I took BB to the local antique store and I was lucky enough to find two old toolboxes that were inexpensive. Because of the price, they are a bit more 'rustic' looking than other old toolboxes. But to me, that just adds to the charm :)
This toolbox is different than any old toolbox I have seen. I actually overlooked it the first time I walked around the store because I didn't know what it was. It is square, and has a lid with hinges. When you open the lid there is a removable wooden tote that is perfect for BB to lift out and take to the table.
When you lift the tote out, the area underneath is large enough to hold paper supplies and some other items. I put a plastic organizer inside to house her smaller crafting items. I didn't want it to become a bottomless pit down there.
The other toolbox looks more like what I was expecting to find. It has four compartments and a handle which makes it equally easy for BB to carry around.
This is soooo much easier than the random buckets and cups of mix-matched markers and crayons that we had before. BB can actually find what she wants!
BB really enjoyed organizing her own craft supplies. She carefully thought out where each different item should go. And
After we tackled the toolboxes, I was still left with a mountain of coloring books and stickers. So I found an old basket that seemed to match the toolbox look. And, when I say "found" what I really mean is... dumped all of the toys out of it and purged or relocated them.
And last, but very certainly not least, my living room looks just a little bit more like actual humans reside here... adult humans. I am certainly no master of organization. But, we are happy with the results :)