You know what I'm talking about. Your kids have a crayon box or a bucket or a drawer where they keep all of their crayons and half of it is filled with tiny bits of crayon wrapper paper and broken tips of crayons.
Do you hate that as much as I do?
I took a stand against that the other day.
But before I discuss that, I'm going to show you my last craft cabinet. I know, I have way too many craft cabinets. But this one is important. It is where my kids go to get paper and writing instruments for drawing. I like this system because—and this is important—I don't have to get up to get them paper or a writing implement.
The drawers are removable so they can bring the whole bin of crayons to the table and then easily put it back. From top to bottom, the drawers contain: (1) markers, (2) erasers, kid scissors, pencil sharpeners, pens and pencils, (3) crayons, (4) stickers and tattoos, (5) white paper, including scratch paper that has been used on one side already, and (6) colored paper and loose construction paper.
It's a good system, huh?
I decided to clean it up a couple of weeks ago when I saw that Quinn had dumped the marker drawer on the floor and most of what was spread all over the floor were lidless markers and markerless lids.
This isn't even all of them.
Then I decided to clean the whole set of drawers. This gives you an idea of what I was dealing with.
To be honest, my item count here is a guesstimate. I did this a long time ago and wrote "37" on a piece of paper. I do know that I didn't count every individual item. I know that I didn't even try to quantify all the little scraps of paper I threw out:
At the same time that I took these photos, I took a photo of the bleeding paper cut I got while doing this project. I was going to post it and make a joke about blood, sweat, and tears.
I've decided to spare you that photo. (And the joke.)
Total items: I'm going to go with Past Stimey's estimate and say 37.