Art closet organization, take 2

Art closet organization, take 2

**For an updated look at this closet, and video tutorial, go here**
Today I am sharing the art closet organization, take 2. I mentioned in the original post that I was happy with the function of the space. But, wanted to up the style and pretty for the closet. Also I wanted to try and find a way to organize with the colors. I gave the kids rules, two shelves are green for go. Have at it, be creative. Yellow, slow your roll and ask before you partake in the artistic fun. Finally red; stop, do not pass go, ask and you might receive. This is the adult supervision section of the art area. I wanted to figure out a way to make the colors correlate with bins or shelves.

The nice hallway was hiding a dirty, unorganized secret lurking in the closet….
Here is how I left it after the great organization. It worked, but I needed to make it fancy.
The boy’s and I headed to Home Depot for some organization options. Actually we were there for some other things, but I figured I would take a look at the bin and basket options here. I lucked out and found this car cart for Caleb and Gavin to ride in while I shopped. I also only had two kids, it made this trip so easy. Truth time, I would purchase a fold up version of this that could fit three kids and take it to every store. All day, everyday. Not even care what I look like. These trips are so much smoother when one of these are available.


I found these. This is in no way a affiliate link or promotional post. I am just sharing what I found and wanting to help you all out. I found these amazing organization bins. There was green, yellow, and red. I could not believe my luck! This was my best case scenario. I was imagining possibly having to weave color specific paper in the shelves because I assumed the colors would not be an option. But, I was wrong. I found these, and grabbed them up before some other person took my colors. There could have been lurkers waiting to pounce. They only had one yellow left. It was mine!


Love this color!


These were also larger bins, so there is room to put more stuff. I transferred the coordinating color limited objects into the new bin. Easy transfer, I realized I am really into organization, I enjoyed this way too much.

It all fits so nicely. Easy for me, the kids, or Dale to get in and see what goes where when putting things back.

I then wrote what is in each bin. I would have gotten fancy by typing it out. Or making some kind of nifty label. But, this works, gets the job done. I am not a perfectionist, even though many assume I am. This closet being organized and pretty is where my happy place is.


All set up in the closet. They fit perfectly too. I was worried that they would be just a little too big. However it fit like a glove, a dream, color coordinated, art organization glove. Once I was done all three kids were really excited about this new development. I think I need to lead by example and get more of a life for all involved. My kids got way too excited. It is a long winter in Wisconsin and this is how we let loose,
Next step in this space is figuring out a way to organize my overflowing Thirty-One bags. I still need some brainstorming to get some ideas. As most things in life, this is a work in progress. Most of our home is a work in progress. We have three kids, life, jobs, deadlines, and maybe some down time that get in the way. Who am I kidding, we don’t have down time at all. I introduced a new series here at Our house now a home called weekend DIY warrior where I will share with you the craziness and projects we are working on over the weekend. We worked on the laundry room more this past weekend. I am hoping to have a beefier tutorial on another portion of the laundry room. This was not my planned lead off post for the week. But, there is still a few things done before I share what we did with the floor in there. Follow along through out the week and see when that fun tutorial with lots of helpful hints pop up!
On a serious note, any ideas on how to organize those bags on the top shelf better in the closet? I figure I have people here, following along, speak your mind and help me out. Built ins, more shelves, bags inside bags…? What do you think will work the best?



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  1. Wow! That turned out great! Love those canvas organizers!

  2. Love the traffic light idea for the bins! Genius! As far as the bags go, I have one huge 31 tote that I store the smaller bags an stores in. Seems to work well, for now 😉

  3. Great job! Makes me think of all the spring cleanning and organizing projects that I need to start working on 🙂

    • Thank you, good luck on your spring cleaning. I am going to go head first into that once we get our laundry room done and I know where I can put stuff. For now it is little things like the art supply closet.

  4. We have the same canvas bins :). Hmm, bags are difficult to organize. I tend to place the smaller bags into bigger bags.

  5. I am addicted to storage bins and I LOVE the color coding! Definitely something I will keep in mind when organizing all our artsy stuff!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays! Hope to see you again next week!

    • Storage bins and baskets are my Achilles heel. If I see them in a store I have to stop and look, maybe buy 😉 The color coded idea has worked out great for my two little ones that don't read yet. They still understand the rules and see them clearly with the colors.

  6. Color coordinating the access to art supplies might just be one of the best ideas ever! I should actually make it work for my craft supplies, too! 🙂

    • Thank you Sarah, I will take the title of maker of the best idea ever :). It has worked really well for our kids, they understand the red, yellow and green meanings so well. They have followed the rules. I think it is a great way to help the littlest of littles understand the rules and limits of art supplies.

  7. Love these storage bins! I am always on the lookout for more! Perfect way to get organized 🙂 Would love to have you share any of your posts with us at our link party on Thursday please, Emily! Hope you have a great week!
    Kendra @

  8. Your closet looks great! I love storage bins and the color coding!!! We are moving to a new house next month and I showed this to my husband. He completely agrees that bins are the way to go. Thanks for sharing this! #MommyMeetupMondays

  9. My closets are in such bad shape. I totally understand the "work in progress" home. I love the color coding!! One thing that has worked well for me (so far) are those nesting boxes that all look the same but are different sizes. It made it pretty and uniform. But my son's closet- I might actually find the boogie man hidden in there, lol.

    • I will have to keep the nesting boxes in mind for my next organizing need. You are so funny, the boogie man in your son's closet. They in every kids closet, right? Mess's just make them worse.

  10. What a great improvement! It is so nice to have a project turn out so nicely. 🙂

  11. This is really great. I start out with a great system, but my husband won't put things in their home! So frustrating. 🙂 Happy Friday!

    • Oh no April, get that Hubby of yours to get it with and organize! My husband is great with putting things way. As long as there is a place to put them. If that does not exist he is lost and just makes piles. Men….

  12. Emily, the closet looks so well organized now. I love the idea of red, yellow, and green bins so the kids know what they can use!, so clever! Thanks so much for sharing over at Motivational Monday, I hope you'll join us again this week

  13. Love the red-yellow-green idea!! I need to save that for later when I have kids! Thanks for linking up at Creative Spark; hope you'll come party with us today 🙂

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