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  • Kids are messy creatures. Plus, we tend to arm them with lots of stuff, especially in the interest of nurturing their creative sides. Rather than hiding all the art supplies away, set them up with a workspace. Then teach them the mantra "A place for everything, and everything in its place." Here are six ideas for keeping workspace clutter under control.
  • Affix Storage Containers to the Wall

    Instead of keeping pencil cups on the tabletop, affix them to the wall. Not only will this keep the surface area clear, it will prevent inevitable tip-overs, too. For even more fun, organize writing utensils by type (pencils, markers, chalk) or color.  
  • Use Pegboard

    There's a reason workshops panel the walls with pegboard. One of the best things about pegboard is that you can adapt its functionality as kids' needs change. Catchalls and hooks make storing anything easy, from toddlers' finger paints to embroidery threads for tweens' friendship bracelets.
  • Clip Art to a Clothesline

    Hang a clothesline so your kids can curate an ever-changing art show. It will save the walls from being destroyed by tape or tacks, and you can also use it to hang up freshly painted pieces while they dry. 
  • Hang Wall Pockets

    Fabric wall pockets hold a ton and only take one or two nails to hang. Use it to store stuff like scissors, rulers, and pencils, or use bigger ones to keep papers from taking over the desktop. Wall pockets in pretty patterns also act as a decorative element, so pick one that works with your color scheme. 
  • Build a Desk from Scraps

    Plywood is suddenly a trendy statement, but don't forget its roots as an inexpensive building material. On the left, a plywood box without its bottom is an efficient workspace for a child. On the right is the desk that the blogger behind Kenziepoo made for her daughter out of two wooden boards and a pair of metal brackets.
  • Add a Blackboard

    While you could just buy a blackboard to hang on the wall, both of these workspaces incorporate more ingenious ideas. Look closely at the desk on the left; it's actually a converted crib. Pretty interesting. But there's a much easier project, too. Refinish the surface of your child's desk with blackboard paint. No scratch paper needed! On the right, a blackboard calendar keeps track of busy schedules.
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