We hope you had a great weekend. Ours was good. We each stayed busy enough but had some good down time, too. Jen went to a fun Macy’s event on Saturday and we hung out some on Sunday afternoon. Jen took Matea out on an ice cream/shopping date which was awesome. Jen is an amazing aunt.
One of the things we both value is organization. Jen is MUCH better at organizing than I am, but once I have a space organized I can keep it that way indefinitely. It is just harder for me to visualize space to get to that point. Anyway, Aaron and I have been doing some work in the playroom area and I was having a hard time figuring out how to store art supplies. The biggest problem I was having was what to do with all the construction paper that we got from Costco.
I had all the paper in a bin but that wasn’t working. Matea wasn’t able to get the colors that she wanted without making a mess.
I started scouring the internet and Target for options. I initially got this file box from Target:
I got some hanging files and got ready to organize the paper and be done with it. To my dismay, I realized the construction paper we have is NOT 8 1/2 by 11. It is something like 9 by 11 1/2. GRRRR.
So then I looked into getting something like this:
But, unfortunately, most of the ones I saw only fit standard size paper. The ones that did fit oversize paper were more than I wanted to spend, and I was concerned that this was more of a permanent solution than I was looking for.
So one evening Matea and I made the trek out. We went to Michaels, Target, and Office Depot looking for something that would work with my odd size paper and that was kid friendly enough for a five year old to be able to take paper out and put it back neatly. We finally settled on this from Office Depot:
I am pretty happy with this!! The beauty of this bin is you can use it for legal size paper OR for regular paper. I bought some hanging legal size files, and BOOM. Call me construction paper happy:
Matea can close it and put it back on the shelf with no problems. I had some letter stickers so I decided to label the bin just because I can. I know the photo quality isn’t the greatest; I just took some quick snapshots with my ipod.
So there you have it. That’s how I organize our construction paper. I’m working on the rest of the closet, and if I ever get it done I’ll do a post on it. Don’t hold your breath.