Up until last week, we've barely gotten by with a desk and a modest set of drawers that housed Bean's art supplies. The desk was never used for drawing -- it became an extension of her floor where things would pile up on a daily basis, getting shoved aside. Admittedly, we didn't have a chair for her to sit on -- no wonder! I started my search at IKEA for organizational ideas and discovered the "Alex" drawer system which was like a miniature flat file (below). It has changed everything! Paper, stamps, stickers, glue, pipe cleaners, tape, scissors and paints ALL fit in here! They're no longer scattered in 3 different drawers and closets. I might be considered a bit obsessive compulsive about organization but I felt like a lighter person when everything fit neatly together. Ahhh...I now have a home for all the little bits & pieces that were homeless. Next, I needed to find a chair but wanted something stable for our 2 year old climber. I found this neat little yellow chair at a vintage furniture store in our neighborhood -- it's quirky but it's YELLOW vinyl! Bean loved it and was thrilled to bring it home. Oh, and the little baskets house yarn, fabric and her beloved pot-holder kit.
This is a detail shot of the girls' bucket of overflowing jewels. Another little home to all things shiny and bawble-y.
A shot of the desk and detail of Bean's hand-painted mini-drawers. My prints are only hanging together because I wanted to photograph them as a group before I distribute them to the lovely friends and folks that purchased them.