Organizing Your Kitchen Whatnots
Our kitchen is the center of our home. There are too many days I walk upstairs for bedtime and realize I haven’t been near the bedrooms at all. Just kitchen and kitchen and sometimes the living room, but mostly the kitchen. Am I weird? Tell me you do this, too.
While our home is quite nicely sized, we don’t have a separate sewing room or craft room or wrapping room (though, dear heavens, I want a wrapping room one day. Filled to the brim with giftwrap and ribbons, that’s what.) If we did, the kids wouldn’t use those rooms anyway. They tend to want to hang on my legs and whine at my elbow and color rainbow unicorns at my kitchen table. Secret: this is what life is all about. I wouldn’t dare sweep them off into another room for coloring. Nay. I want to hear them breathing, see their little tounges mulling about their mouth as they think about which color to place next upon the paper.
That said, our kitchen can approach utter nappiness at times. There are the usual kitchen appliances, pots, pans, pantry items, plates, and such. Then, add to that a bucket full of children crafts, crayons, markers, and dull-tipped colored pencils, and my junk drawer is often filled to overflowing. Also, the kids get quite naughty. When things aren’t tidily kept, they don’t keep them tidy. Thankfully, the reverse of such is also true. When things are tidily kept, the kids are more likely to keep them tidy.
I know there are eighty billion brilliant crafters who would at this point crochet hanging marker frames from the organic wool of sheep grown in their backyards. I don’t tame messes like that. I need simple. I need quick. As much as I wish I had time to get my craft on, sometimes I just need a simple, sleek fix for my organizing problems.
A quick trip to Target solved the problem for less than $20. I purchased this 3-pack of reStyle canisters. I loved how simple the lids were to pop on and off, I loved that they came in a pack of three (perfect sizes for markers, colored pencils, and crayons, if you can believe it) and I lurrrrved that they offered just a touch of retro red to my kitchen. Me and red. It’s an long-term commitment thing.
Once I got the canisters home, I pulled the kids together and encouraged them to organize the craft chaos. The hope was that, in taking ownership over the tidying, they’d have more of a desire to keep things clean than, say…every other day of the week when they toss the markers apathetically on the floor or in the fridge. Don’t ask.
We have a little corner stand purchased from Hobby Lobby a few years back for a handful of dollars. The canisters fit perfectly on the top of the stand, and we stocked the lower drawer with some good coloring books and paper because I’m a firm believer that children should always have a few creative, solitary activities that they are ever welcome to participate in.
Our ten-minute kitchen craft makeover cost less than $20 and took about 15 minutes to complete. So, is it still working?
(She peeks from the computer to the quiet corner in her kitchen where three perfectly tidy canisters sit.)
Yes! It’s working! Crayons are still in their can, lids have not been lost, the tabletop remains clean as a whistle. The center of our house is just a wee bit cleaner, which means more space for cookies and kisses. Hurrah!
PS- Last weeks trip to NYC with ICBINB was a thrilling experience. Stay tuned for an update on all the deets!