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The Great Craft Cart

As some of you may know, we’re getting ready to change routines around here. The kids are both going to be starting at a new preschool (at our church!) two days a week, and will be home the other three days. This of course, left us with three days at home with both kids while we try to work, and we knew this just would not work/would be crazy. So, to avoid having to pay for yet another preschool/daycare situation, or me quitting my job, we opted to go with a nanny and we are so excited for her to start. She will be watching the kids at our house while we both work, and we’re feeling so relieved at how everything worked out!

A few people have asked why we’re pulling A from her current full time preschool, and it’s nothing bad! Our biggest goal since moving here and getting involved with our church has always been to work towards getting to a place where it would be possible for her to attend their preschool, and at the last minute, we found out B could also have a spot! So, it just kind of worked out for the upcoming school year! I wasn’t really intending on sending B anywhere until closer to 18 months, but he is such a wrecking ball these days I just cannot physically work and watch him hardly at all anymore so we knew we needed to do something to make things easier! Plus, A always thrived early on in daycare, and I’m excited for B to start spending a little more time away from me because I truly think it makes a world of difference in their confidence and development. I think he’s going to love exploring a new place and making new little friends. I’m feeling a little sad at the thought of him being away from me two days a week when I’ve had him home with me everyday, all day, for the past 6-7 months. But, then I remember that two days a week (only 10 hours!) is literally NOTHING compared to us being used to sending A full time and I’m honestly more worried about A regressing or becoming bored only going two days a week. It’s going to be SO good having them both at the same preschool though, with teachers we know, love, and trust and I can’t WAIT to have a few hours a week where I’m “off duty” and can finally NOT muli-task X’s a million. Somedays my brain feels like it might explode between watching B and getting my work done, so it’s going to be nice having a bit of a break. Even if that break just means I can lock myself in my office with my headphones on. Ha!

ANYWAYS. All good things. All good things. We’re excited to have found a solution to fit our child care needs, that didn’t involve me having to make any drastic career changes. I’m looking forward to our nanny becoming like family, and A LOVED her when she met her.

Since our nanny will be at the house with us MWF, I wanted to make sure she had easy access to all of our arts and crafts supplies! Up until now, they’ve been scattered around the house, stored in different places – boxes, closets, backpacks. I finally decided to go through everything, sort it out, throw away what we don’t use, and put together a little arts and crafts station where she and the kids could grab anything they need, anytime they need it. And, when they don’t need it, or it’s in the way, it can be rolled out of sight. Same for if we have company over, or we don’t want it out for any reason – super easy to shut it behind a door!

Enter: The Craft Cart

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Ya’ll, this is probably as teacher-Pinteresty as I get, and I am quite proud of myself for this stroke of genius. I found this cart at Target for only $35 after not having much luck scouring Amazon for one. (Leave it to Target to always have what you need! Amiright?!)

I literally just rounded up all of our coloring supplies and sorted them out into mason jars, or their appropriate boxes or tupperware to keep them organized. I put all of our poofs and googly eyes in a baggie, and hot glue all together in its own container. I put things like tape, kid scissors, glue sticks, clothespins, and jute on top as well. If I had more time, I’d go a little more crazy and buy another fun colored divider to put these little things in, but for now, it’s at least all in one place. (I really need something little to put the scissors, tape, glue sticks, mini stapler, etc. to keep it all from being just loose in the tray. I know Target has some cute dollar spot teacher baskets that might do the trick!)

On the second shelf I rounded up all of A’s coloring books, and on the bottom shelf I stacked our current supply of construction paper.

The only things I didn’t include in the craft cart (aside from her special notepads and markers that stay in her backpack and/or the diaper bag) were paints, finger paints, watercolor paints, and paintbrushes. Only because those things are a bit more messy than everything else, and I like to keep all of my painting supplies stored safely away from little hands. And also because Mommy has to be in a really special mood to agree to painting. Ha!

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GENIUS, RIGHT?! How many years did it take me to think of doing something like this?? I threw out so many old art supplies, and old random craft knick knacks, pieces of scrap fabric, dried up glue sticks and markers with missing caps! It feels so nice having everything we actually use in one place, where everything works, and can easily be replaced if something runs out or breaks. I think A is loving her new little craft station and I think it will really come in handy for our nanny when she wants to do something fun with the kids. It’s not beautiful, but it’s oh so practical!

After we put the craft cart together, I cleaned up the playroom for what felt like the first time in ages. It got a good fresh organizing, and I may or may not have thrown out a few things that needed to go! I thought I’d go ahead and document this clean state of our playroom, because it really is one of my favorite rooms in the house. And because it’s rare that we can actually see the floor! I just love that while it’s not totally my decorating style, it’s colorful, and fun, and kid friendly and is what I always dreamed of having for my babies! It’s continually evolving, and there are still so many projects I want to do to it, but for now, it’s a great space and we are lucky to have it.

Now, go make yourself a craft cart! You will feel so organized!

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    August 28, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Looks great! I just ordered the cart. If you don’t mind me asking – how did you go about finding a nanny. We are going to be in need soon, but I am not sure where to start.

    • Reply
      August 28, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      Thank you! We actually used care.com and just went from there! We’ve always used traditional daycare/preschool but our specific situation really just needed a nanny type person!

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    Amanda Bumgarner
    August 28, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    So do you kids not just immediately pull out all the crayons/markers/colored pencils and dump everything on the ground? Because that’s what mine do every time I’ve tried to put out something like this. Am I doing it wrong, or what? Are my kids just more destructive than other kids? lol This is super cute! Also love the idea of having those shelves where you put a few puzzles and things. That is a good storage solution.
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      August 28, 2019 at 3:09 pm

      Ha, well that’s the point of it being on wheels so it can be rolled away! B will mess with it and pull markers out to put in his mouth, but A will only get out whatever she wants to use at the time. She can be destructive and messy but she’s actually pretty good about knowing that everything goes in a specific place. But again, it’s on wheels, which is the point, so that if they are destructive with it it can be moved! Also, it doesn’t live sitting out in the playroom 100% of the time. It doesn’t photograph very well shoved over in the guest room corner lol.

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