Thursday, July 15, 2010

My CCD Craft Storage Mess

Each of us has those dreaded piles of CCD craft supplies scattered around in various locations in the house, taking up much needed space that the family could use. Needless to say, having all those craft supplies spread from one end of the house to the other in obscure locations makes it hard to find what you need when you need it. I therefore took it upon myself to find ONE place to store all my CCD crafts so our house could go back to some resemblance of order and return to our blissful organized days of long ago.

First, I gathered ALL my CCD craft supplies. I was amazed how much stuff I had strewn about and stashed in such crazy and weird places that no person in their right mind would store something there (I even found craft supplies tucked away in the bathroom!). It was a amazing endeavor because all was not lost. Every now and then I gave out a delightful little squeal making my son think I had gone completely mad when I found stuff I had been looking for years to make certain crafts. Pleased with my fruitful accomplishment for a job well done, I rewarded myself with a much needed break and had a Diet Coke (yes, I’m on a diet, but who isn’t when they are 50 years old).

After my scavenger hunt I put things in organized piles: construction paper and craft foam sheets, general craft supplies (googly eyes, pipe cleaners, paper plates, crayons, glue, colored pencils, etc.), craft supplies to donate to the parish, samples (I have several samples of crafts to show the students so they will understand what we are making), etc. I even had a pile of games that I do with my students (not file folder games which I keep in a file folder box, but games that go with Bible stories or religious topics such as: various card games, Temple Bowling, Bop It, Ballzerko, etc.). I also have to collect certain objects to make some of the crafts (example: Welch’s Grape Juice plastic containers, toilet paper rolls, glass jars, etc.) and I had a pile for that as well.

I then threw away the bad stuff (dried up paint, markers, glue, etc.) and during my foraging expedition for hidden craft supplies I found a place to store my CCD stuff in one secure location (some place that hubby would not get into and make a total mess of). After careful deliberation and thoughtful examination the selected location turned out to be one end of the closet in the den. I know it isn’t much, but beggars can’t be choosy. My designated CCD craft/game area was only 63 inches high, 23 inches deep and 23 inches wide and I was determined to make the most of it regardless on the limited space I procured.

I wanted to make this little project cheap. How cheap you ask? Cheap is my middle name so I went about looking for what I could use that was already in the house to make my “dream closet” that would be the envy of every CCD teacher on the planet (yeah, right).

So my priorities were simple:

1. My “dream closet” would be cheap.

2. Items would be stored in a fashion that made sense to me regardless of what others think my “dream closet” should be.

3. My “dream closet” was definitely not a waste of time and worthless.

4. Everything would fit in my “dream closet” or hubby will surely get rid of it.

5. I will be able to find things quickly and easily.

I found an empty closet basket organizer thingy in the attic from the dark ages that had 4 wire drawers (3 deep and 1 shallow) and I literally had to shove it inside the small area that was designated to be my “dream closet”. I then put small craft supplies (such as beads, shells, googly eyes, etc.) in ziploc bags to make it easy for me to grab and take to CCD.

I needed something to put all the crazy little bags in so I bought some clear plastic boxes (6 qt. size) at Target for $1.29 each (I wanted to use old shoeboxes but I only had one on hand). I then organized the ziploc bags in the plastic boxes and labeled each box on the lid and front using blank sticky labels that I already had. These little plastic boxes stack nicely in the wire drawers and since each one is labeled I can find what I need easily.

I also labeled each drawer with the contents of each with plastic sleeve name tag thingies left over from hubby’s various conventions and meetings that he goes to. I just removed his name card and used the back of the card to write down what was in each basket and slipped it inside the holder. Each name tag holder has a clip on it to attach to your collar or pocket and I used them to clip to the wire basket.

Drawer #1: Construction Paper, Craft Foam, Contact Paper, Staplers, 3 Hole Puncher

Drawer #2: Craft/Desk Supplies & Samples

Drawer #3: Paper Plates, Cups, Paper Bags, Yarn, Craft Foam shapes, Fiber Fill

Drawer #4: Games, Collectable Craft Objects

In a spare spiral notebook that I found during my frantic craft supply invasion all over the house I wrote a list of all the supplies that I have, how many of each item, and where they are located in my “dream closet”. Yes, hubby said this was over kill, but it is my “dream closet” and I wanted it organized and I wanted to know what I had, how many of the supplies I had, and where they were. Since I’m getting up there in age I sometimes forget where I put things and how many I have (remember the stuff stored in the bathroom and also finding items that had been lost for years?) and I thought this was extremely prudent for me to do so.

*All in Drawer #2

Box #1: Samples & Extra Cut Out Crafts
3 Mother’s Day craft foam heart frames
11 Mosaic Crosses
2 Our Father popsicle frames
7 Our Father prayer printables
4 craft foam fish
19 stained glass cross frames

Box #2: Desk Supplies and Paint Pens
3 boxes crayons
1 box Hi Impact Markers
2 rolls Scotch clear tape
1 box colored pencils
1 box paint pens (12 various colors)
3 large paint writers (gold, red, and green glitter)
4 small glitter containers (red, green, gold, silver)
3 small fabric writers (1 green, 2 glow in the dark)
2 glue gun refills

Box #3: Beads, Tissue Paper Sequins, Jewels, Googly Eyes, Shells
3 bags pony beads (various colors)
40 wooden beads
1 small bag of 3 prong beads
1 bag sequins
1 bag acrylic jewels
37 medium googly eyes
1 bag small googly eyes
1 small bag sea shells

Box #4: Craft Supplies
2 containers cupcake liners
9 tea light candles
2 rolls crepe paper
7 clothes pens
1 metallic braid
1 thin white ribbon
1 bag grass seed

With everything done this is my “dream closet” that cost only $5.16 to create. (If I had more shoeboxes it would have cost me $0.)

I even have room to put shelves above the closet organizer when the need arises for more storage. I also found a shoe holder (canvas with pockets to put shoes in) that I hung on the back of the closet door and I could label each pocket if the craft supplies become larger.

Thinking of how organized I will be I just can’t wait until CCD starts so my students can make some crafts and do some activities so they can learn about our Faith in a fun and educational way.


Karen said...

I had to laugh when I read that you had craft items stored in your bathroom. Up until a few weeks ago I was storing all the toilet paper rolls that I use for CCD crafts in our powder room. Glad to see I'm not the only one who has used the bathroom as CCD craft item storage.

Amazing_Grace said...

It is amazing how many crafts you can make with toilet paper rolls! LOL!

I confess I even had CCD craft supplies stored in my son's closet. Me bad.

So what does your "dream closet" look like?

Gardenia said...

wow. such organization. love the craft basket storage. BTW, I'm giving you an award today. stop on by:

Amazing_Grace said...

Thank you so much for the award!


Chris Jordan said...

You make my life easy with this article! Very easy things with scratch. Plus printers have also the same easy ways to make your desired personalized popcorn boxes and make yourself feel less tense.