Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Crayons, Play-Doh, and Glue, Oh My! / Chicken Parmesan

Over the holidays, TDH and I carried out our brilliant plan to ignore the kids for two days while we got our home together, all in an effort to play, undistracted by clutter, for the other 363 days of the year. In other words, they had a two-day holiday at Nannie's house.

While TDH was busy with manly, heavy, garage and basement stuff, I was left to the painting and organizing. I was particularly proud of my efforts with the kids' art stuff, which normally is a three-basket-random-compilation of markers, construction paper, paint, Play-Doh, crayons, googly eyes, glue, chenille stems... you get the idea.

So, for Works for Me Wednesday, I thought I'd share my little self-proclaimed masterpiece, which has worked out great for almost a month now :)

I had this multi-drawer storage bin from my teacher days, and I organized the drawers like so...

Biscuit's workbooks
coloring books and plain paper
paint/paintbrushes/plastic egg cartons (to hold paint)
random stuff, like googly eyes, glue, stencils, sponges, etc.
vinyl tablecloth, a prerequisite for all the above
*Play-Doh and clay bin sits on top

I like using the pull-out drawers because the kids can easily access only what they need. Also, the bin drawers are clear, and big enough to see what's going on (we used to keep crayons in wipes containers, and it was inevitable the whole thing would be dumped out to find a certain color).

Our kitchen table has never seen so much daylight since the birth of this little system. We even have room to eat these days, and tonight's dinner was a simple, delicious and healthy Chicken Parmesan. I was in a rush, so instead of the dijon mixture, I just used an egg wash, and it was still very flavorful.

An EggNog update... what you see in the following picture is a little kitten, half-asleep at the head of TDH's poker table. What you DON'T see are six grown men, sweet-talking this little kitten, snapping camera phone pics, and even sharing chips and cards. Needless to say, EggNog is sooooo golden.

Have a wonderful day, everyone!!!


It Feels Like Chaos said...

Thanks for sharing your craft solution! My kids are very into crafts these days and I am always looking for ways to best contain the chaos! Love the vaca at grandma's for the kids, too, so you guys can get stuff done! We cleaned out the garage while grandparents were here to play with the kids over Christmas!

Liisa said...

I would love to get one of these drawer units. I cuurently have a short book case with various bins and books but it would be so much easier to have all the supplies organized into drawers.

I love the picture of egg nog. I can just picture the guys with him. ~smile~


Blue Castle said...

I like your idea. I could use one of those storage units. :)

MizFit said...

please please please please to come over and help me organize.

I can totally reciprocate with....with....my company.

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