So you have a lot of art supplies and not a lot of space? Me too. Even if I had my old studio back which was a large room with a wall of drawers, still, that place had to be organized. Currently I have a small corner in my room and I make it work. I love to be organized, it keeps me sane. Here are my tips to keep everything you have organized and your sanity in check.
1. Simplicity- Simple is clean and refreshing.
2. Keep Things Together in Categories. Containers and baskets your friend and help you put supplies you use frequently together in the space spot. Even in drawers I keep things separated by uses.
3. Big Items. Artists and art teachers frequently have large items like large canvases, canvas rolls, stretcher bars, large water color pieces, lighting, easels and they take up lots of space. No worries. Keep the large stuff together and they can happily take up all the space they want but in their own spot.
4. Not a lot of Supplies? If you don't have a lot of art supplies, well I don't know why you are reading this (I am saying that sarcastically). There was that day that I could fit all my art supplies in a large tote and that is what I did! Papers on one side, paints on the other and everything else in between. Just a warning if you feel like the papers would fit better on the bottom of the tote, just be warned some will get ruined. It is so much easier to do art projects when all you need to do is go grab the art tote and it's all in there.
If you want to know what supplies to add to your tote, check out our kids art supply list. There is also a list of art supplies I recommend for those wanting to get started with acrylics, watercolors, oils, and multi-media.
Watch How I Organize and Set Up My Art Space
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