Before I share my list of 10 things I have to hide from my children, I want to show you what my "fantasy" organizational tip looks like. I found this while perusing the internet for pictures to explain my dilemma. Here's what I found in a very short time:
Graphic Attributed to: http://artcuratorforkids.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/The-Art-Curator-for-Kids-Managing-the-Mess-Our-Art-Supply-Shelf.jpg
I love having items at home that are ready to go when my children come to me with their lists of special projects. Some of these projects are on the spot, spontaneously conceived ideas that they feel a need to bring to life immediately. Other projects are categorized as those that have been on their minds for a while, researched, and discussed with me prior to implementation. The last category I call the procrastination/panic mode projects. These are the projects where they knew about a deadline, didn't tell me, and it's now the night before a major assignment is due.
Whatever the circumstances, it's nice to have a list of basic supplies available to handle whatever comes along. I have tried on numerous occasions to reorganize our back up craft supplies. It would be awesome if I could assure myself that each child is capable of returning items to a "home base" location so I can be sure to update things as they are used. The above picture is my super awesome fantasy home station for all things creative.
Instead, I've found myself searching for missing items and unaware of the need for replacements. The above picture doesn't take into account the following circumstances, no matter how hard I attempt to repackage the concept of organization.
- Children like to create in more than one area of the house. This is due to that way they mange stress, how they like to create, and where they have the best space to spread out their supplies and move around as they complete a project.
- Projects are often in various stages of development and it's somewhat challenging for the children to gather and replace every item into a designated spot. They want to keep everything as is so that they remember where things left off from one session to the next. Frustrating for me, but I recognize that this is how their brains may work.
- Sometimes an item is depleted and doesn't make it onto my shopping list. We don't always know something is gone until it is needed again.
So as I continue to encourage putting things back where they belong, everything has a home, and if you put things back where you found them we could find it easier the next time, I am reduced to hiding some key treasures that are notoriously lost, misplaced, or all used up without my knowledge. See if any of these look familiar.
Graphic Attributed to: http://balancinghome.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Children_Chalkboard.jpg
Ten Things I Have to Hide from My Children
- Tape of any type (Masking, Scotch, Clear Mailing, Duct)
- Paper (Computer, Notebook, Construction, etc...)
- Scissors (these disappear into another dimension)
- Crayons/Markers/Colored Pencils
- Glue (Liquid, Sticks)
- Ziplock Baggies
- Poster Board
These items are prime real estate for all projects whether personal or school related. Chances are, if I don't have a secret stash somewhere (like that well-hidden emergency chocolate stash) there will be chaos and general mayhem when the need for one of these items arises. (Usually at the least convenient of times.)
Hoping that your own emergency stash of creative supplies (and chocolate) are ready to go . And if you also dream of having a well-organized supply station like the fantasy pictured above, you are not alone. Wish I could offer you more comfort than that. If you do have your dream station, I'd love to see what you've done. Comment and send pics!