This is the kids craft cabinet. These bins are from Hobby Lobby (when they were on sale for 1.99 a piece). We have different categories of markers, crayons, play doh, gift wrap, and paper. The top shelf is for school projects and extra school supplies. Always have clay, popsicle sticks, paint, glue, new crayons, sequins, beads, yarn, foam shapes, and poster board on hand. As for new stuff, I personally keep crayons, colored pencils, markers, glue sticks, and Expo markers. I get these when school supplies are on sale in August. (for example, Crayola crayons were 25 cents, so I got three dollars worth)
These bins are great for big things. We have many of these. I got these at Bed, Bath and Beyond when they were on clearance at the end of the summer. I bought every blue and green one they had. We use them for Legos, Hot Wheels city, Thomas the Train buildings, play clothes, CARS buildings, etc. This was previously a computer armoire, that I have removed the pull out keyboard shelf from, and made into storage.
The same cabinet has cork board in it (on the inside of the doors) that I purchased from Lowe's and applied with Command adhesive strips. I saw this in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog and knew I could recreate it cheaper. The buddies can put up art work and change it out as they please. They like to get behind the doors and play store. They will make posters and pin them on of what they are "selling".
Self explanatory. Shoe storage behind their door. All the boys have one. The big boys keep other things in theirs like Nerf guns, DS stuff, batteries, chargers, etc. If they are high enough, little hands can't reach them.
Stuffed animal storage. The buddies are only allowed three animals at a time on their beds. Because more often than not, the animals are on the floor. They can change out selections here. When all is full and something new comes along, something must be donated.
The buddies closet. The large bins are labeled by spring summer, and fall winter. The other bins are from Big Lots. I think I paid around one dollar for each of them. They were on clearance. I recycled the lids. Kids don't use lids. Don't ask me why. If the lid is on, they just pile the crap on top of it. I put pictures on the boxes so they could clean up on their own, before they could read. Only one has changed in the past four years. Dinos is now Transformers, but we decided to keep the same label. They like to play inside their closet, they call it their "office". So I found this car rug at Big Lots, again on sale. It was around four dollars. You must dig around in that store people. Allot of times the good deals are buried.
Lastly, is my chalkboard in the old kitchen. As you can see it is simply chalkboard paint, then an old frame stuck over it with Command adhesive strips. I can put up notes to the boys for their day at school, as they walk right past here going to the mudroom.
Organizing supplies to keep on hand: I have my own tool box to keep them in. In it is my label maker, a small hammer, nails, Command adhesive strips, light switch covers, measuring tape, small level, black Sharpies, a paintbrush, felt pads, screwdrivers (flat and philips), sand paper, scissors, flashlight, etc. I can just grab it when I am doing a project and travel from room to room.