Simple Kids Art Supply Storage Solution – Create an Art Cart

Do you have tiny artists and a whole lot of art supplies?  Do you want a simple art supply storage solution that your child can maintain independently?  If you answered yes, you need an art cart.

The problem we kept running into was that she would pull out all the supplies and it would be strewn across the table and then at the end of the day we would have to put it all away and it kind of became a daily battle. Does this sound familiar?  We needed a simple solution to store all the art supplies in one spot when they weren’t in use and allow our daughter to access them independently when creativity struck.

Finding an Art Cart for Art Supply Storage

I found our art cart at Target for $30 (SHOP HERE) which is similar to this one from Ikea (which you can get on Amazon).  All our daughter would have to do was it wheel it out of the pantry in our kitchen and pull it up to the table.  In no time flat she could get to work.
Once we got the cart home, the assembly was pretty straight forward.  After we built the cart together in about 20 minutes time, we got to work organizing each of the shelves.  We gathered all the supplies our daughter normally uses and sorted into like categories.  We created a little basket of crayons, one for stamps and stamp pads, another for markers, etc.

Organizing the Art Cart for Art Supply Storage

We designated the top shelf to hold all her most used supplies.  We got to work using dollar store containers to house all of her different supplies from glue, to her favorite pencils, markers, fun scissors, and favorite crayons.
The 2nd shelf held more supplies but things she didn’t use as often.  Things like stickers, beads, dot paints, stamps, and stamp pads as well as other crafty type supplies.
The bottom shelf then housed her coloring books, paint books and craft kids like this fashion one.

Storing the Art Cart

All in all, it was a fun project to work on with her and she could not have been more excited!  We have lived with the cart for over a year and she is still as in love with it as the day we set it up.  We taught her to pull it out while creating art cart and then to store away her supplies correctly and push the cart back into its special spot in our pantry.  She can do it all independently which is huge.
I know not everyone has a walk-in pantry, a local friend houses hers in her front coat closet.  Another friend stores it in the corner of their kitchen.  Is there a space out of the way that you could put it?  Sometimes, we just have to think outside the box and find an under-utilized space that could work harder.

Maintaining the Art Cart

Occasionally, the art cart needs a little cleaning.  Art projects get stacked up, markers get old and crayons get broken.  When the art cart starts to overflow, it’s a good sign we need to tidy it up.  It’s a good opportunity to sit with our daughter and teach her how to organize and tidy her space.  We grab a garbage bag and get rid of things that no longer work, relocate art projects to other places and make sure everything is in its rightful home.

Create an Art Cart Today

If you have a budding artist in your life, I highly suggest an art cart for your home.  Not only is it a functional project but so fun to work on together.  This would make a great present for a little artist in your life!  Where do you stow your art supplies for your kids?  Do you have a budding artist at your house?

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Until next time, keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life.
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