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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.