organising art supplies

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over the past year i’ve been making much more of an effort to be organised, and making sure that what i need is to hand.  i’ve always been a bit of an ‘organised chaos’ type of person (chaos is a bit excessive a word!) so it’s not been a huge stretch to properly organise things in my life. i’ve gotten rid of some things i simply don’t need anymore and simplified other things such as storage items.

orla kiely plant pots with pens and pencils in
organising art supplies

orla kiely plant pots c/o flamingo gifts

one of the things i needed to simplify was the storage/organisation of my art supplies. specifically my pens, pencils, crayons and smaller paintbrushes. i’ve previously had them in various cups and jars but i knew i could organise them better. thanks to these orla kiely plant pots, i now have just what i needed!

yes, they are plant pots, but as soon as i saw them i knew they’d be perfect to hold my pens and related items. although made to hold herbs, they are fantastic for organising pens, pencils and paintbrushes due to their generous size and design. i think they’re made from enamel too, so i know they’ll last a long time. in addition to that i just absolutely love orla kiely designs, so if nothing else ..they look cute!

organising art supplies was last modified: May 6th, 2017 by laura redburn
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22 Comments

  • Reply Lia 23/03/2015 at 13:54

    I love them! I think they look better as storage pots anyway :)

  • Reply Slummy single mummy 23/03/2015 at 16:25

    Gorgeous! I love a good plant pot for keeping pencils in :-)

    • Reply laura redburn 26/03/2015 at 10:15

      who says you have to always use things for their intended use, eh? ;)

  • Reply Jess @ Along Came Cherry 23/03/2015 at 19:50

    Those pots are fab! Love them x

  • Reply Gill Crawshaw 23/03/2015 at 22:11

    I really need to organise all of E’s art and craft things, they’re currently all in one box. We’re having some shelves put in an alcove at the moment to house all the toddlery things so now would be a good time to do it, I reckon. Great tip on the plant pots, I’ll seek some out x

    • Reply laura redburn 26/03/2015 at 10:16

      ooh, definitely do, they’re perfect for storing things in!

  • Reply Fiona 23/03/2015 at 22:11

    I love the designs on these pots, they look like great organisers x

  • Reply Katie-Jane 24/03/2015 at 10:09

    As soon as I saw the photo of the organised pencils and Orla Kiely I just loved it straight away! Organisation and Orla Kiely are two of my loves. Love your blog and this post as always!

    • Reply laura redburn 26/03/2015 at 10:17

      haha! despite being plant pots they were made to hold pencils and pens i think ;)

  • Reply Emma 24/03/2015 at 12:49

    What a great idea to use plant pots as pen holders, they look brilliant!

    • Reply laura redburn 26/03/2015 at 10:17

      as soon as i saw them i knew that’s what i wanted to use them for!

  • Reply Adele 24/03/2015 at 14:49

    I love those pots. Plant pots are great for organising supplies. I find it’s really important to keep on top of things as, if I don’t, I’m a lot more likely to procrastinate on projects.

    • Reply laura redburn 26/03/2015 at 10:18

      ahh yes, even just some basic organisation can make a huge difference.

  • Reply abigail 24/03/2015 at 19:49

    What a great idea, as simple as it is I’ve never actually thought of using plat pots as pen pots but it definitely makes sense! And you can’t go wrong with Orla Kiely ones either, they’re gorgeous!

    • Reply laura redburn 26/03/2015 at 10:19

      i think they worked so well because they’re not tapered at the bottom, so you can actually fit loads in them. and yes, can’t go wrong with a bit of orla :)

  • Reply Lottie :: Oyster & Pearl 31/03/2015 at 20:39

    These are just the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

    • Reply laura redburn 05/04/2015 at 11:32

      haha, i love them and i’m so glad i had the idea to use them as stationery storage!

  • Reply Jessica 05/04/2015 at 06:29

    i love organising stuff! i’m not the most organised person cause sometimes my life is chaos too (maybe a bit strong but it’s not completely inaccurate) but then i’ll get the itch to sort everything out and i always feel so much better when i do. and it really helps when everything has a place to go because then when you’re trying to clean and put things away it’s so much easier.

    jessica – littlehenrylee.com

    • Reply laura redburn 05/04/2015 at 12:04

      i know what you mean! i’m not super organised, but like you say, sometimes i’ll get the itch to sort everything out. i’m basically in some super slow organising regime. bit by bit, but it does get done.

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