Why Creating an Art Cart Will Save You Money on Wine
I'm not the mom who plans activities for her kids. They've never done a scavenger hunt or had a day dedicated to one letter of the alphabet or any of the other super cool things some of you moms have the interest and energy to do. I salute you big time. But that is not me.
Of course I want my boys to feel engaged and explore and have fun blah blah, so art seemed like a logical solution. But they never wanted to do anything. Like, anything. Asking them if they wanted to draw was like asking them if they wanted to eat nothing but broccoli for the rest of their lives. If they knew how to answer questions with "hell, no," that's exactly what they would say. So I just thought my kids were weird, consumed afternoon wine and chocolate like any normal person, and moved on.
Then I was inspired by a friend who had the cart we all love (yes, the one from Ikea) full of art supplies. I thought, Well, at the very least all of the drawing crap I keep buying them can be in one place. So on my next Ikea trip, I spent $30 on the cart and another $6 on six galvanized steel planters for crayons, markers, etc. I got home, gathered craft supplies from the four corners of the house, and put them all in the cart.
Then I parked it and didn't say a word.
The boys thought it was cool because it was new, but I wasn't convinced they'd actually want to make anything. Spoiler: they did, and I was shocked. But they'll eventually grow tired of it like they do everything else. That was three months ago. They still use it every. single. day.
I quickly learned what they like and what they don't, so the cart is full of what they like - a billion drawing/coloring items, a ream of computer paper, stamps (washable ink, amen), and Play-Doh. They get frustrated with paint and actual coloring books (go figure), so those are kept in a closet somewhere else for the random day they decide to like them. (Yes, the photo shows a shelf dedicated to paint. It is now full of paper and stamps amen.)
Now when they want to "do something," they roll out the art cart and get their art on while I sit nearby reading my book and crowning myself Queen Mother. No wine required. (Although let's be real; then we're dealing with celebratory wine.)
If you've been eyeing that adorable Ikea cart but weren't sure how to use it, this is how you use it. And if you don't have kids, oh my gosh adult art carts are a thing, too. It doesn't need to be obsessively organized; just logically grouped together. It's a game-changer and one of the laziest genius ways to be a mom I've ever found.