A storage solution for my colored Sharpies

22 February 2016

Several weeks ago, I blogged about organizing my coloring supplies. I enjoy coloring in coloring books intended for grown ups and I use colored pencils and Sharpies primarily.

In that blog post, I showed how I organize my dozens of colored pencils. (I use Prismacolor Premier pencils.) And I mentioned that I had yet to figure out a good way to organize my colored Sharpies. At the time, they were laying flat in a box all mixed together.

Well, I’ve figured out a method that’s working well for me! I separated the Sharpies by color family and am now storing them upright in mugs. I wanted to use canning jars, but didn’t have a sufficient supply on hand. I have more coffee mugs than I need (most of them are souvenirs), and this seemed like a great way to use them.

This is how I was storing them, completely ineffectively.

And here they are sorted. The mug on the top left contains the Sharpies I was using for a specific coloring page.

I stored the mugs on top of a CD shelf we have in our living room. It’s not the most inspired piece of home decor, but it’s not offensive. I just bring the mug with the current colors over to the area in which I’m coloring.

This has proven to be a simple and effective solution for me! (And I didn’t invest any money in storage solutions!)

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It’s fabulous to organize our stuff without buying fancy containers, using what we already have.

Nacho Eguiarte 02/23/2016 10:16 AM

Super cute! You could use mugs decorated WITH the sharpies to add a little bit more flair to this organization project. But right now it does work, which is the important part!

Jordan 02/25/2016 08:25 AM

Thanks, Nacho! I agree!

Janine Adams 03/04/2016 10:02 AM

That’s very meta, Jordan. But what a great idea (for someone craftier than me).

Janine Adams 03/04/2016 10:03 AM

Nice! I love it!
But… Turn them cap side down so they don’t dry out! :-)

Sas 03/15/2016 09:13 PM

Thanks, Sas! But if I turn the cap upside down, I won’t see the color. It’s a quandary!

Janine Adams 03/15/2016 09:21 PM

If you can find mugs the color of the sharpies green , yellow, blue etc. or just label the mugs with the color. Then you can turn the sharpies upside down as suggested. I have found that the upside down method does work for the drying out problems.

Angel 06/04/2016 01:02 PM

Good idea, Angel! I have to admit that it would make me sad to turn the pens upside down because I really enjoy looking at the colors. So far I’ve had no problems with pens drying out (and they’ve been stored cap up for literally years). But if I encounter that I will remember your excellent suggestion.

Janine Adams 06/04/2016 06:08 PM

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