Has anyone successfully created a kid proof scrappy space?

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Posted 1/15/2013 by VexedAngel in General Scrappin'

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PeaNut 156,343
July 2004
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Posted: 1/15/2013 10:49:45 AM
From the UNDER TWO set. 3s and up need not apply.

Anyway, if you did this, how?!?

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PeaNut 281,136
October 2006
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Posted: 1/15/2013 11:02:42 AM
I'd love to hear! Mine is in my bedroom behind a (usually) closed door, but my toddler still comes and gets into things laying out (luckily he's not much of a drawer opener).

One thing I've learned is to put everything I don't want him touching up high when I step away - layout in progress, ATG, trimmer, scissors, etc. All mists and inks are kept way up high, too (I have a shelf above my desk).

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Posted: 1/15/2013 11:45:25 AM
Six kids and still haven't figured this out.

All low shelves are kid friendly but certainly not kid proof.

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PeaNut 156,343
July 2004
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Posted: 1/15/2013 12:14:50 PM
OK, thx ladies! I have an Expedit and was thinking of using big baskets in every cubby...right now it is laid out in a way that fits my process, but maybe I need to just think more practically for now.

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Posted: 1/15/2013 12:52:57 PM
My space has always been out in the open. When my son was younger (he just turned four), I had a space with a lot of plastic: Sterilite drawers hidden under a table. Bins with lids or things put on tables out of reach. This came with lots of reminders to him that Mommy's space was off limits.

Now my space is in the same room, but has grown a little since I got my Expedit. When I organized my Expedit, I also showed my son what was in the bottom row of cubes - all Jackson friendly "you don't need permission" stuff. I keep his older albums, the scrap bin and my solid cardstock on the bottom and have given him free reign to use that stuff or look at the albums whenever he wants to. I think it makes him feel better about not being able to grab anything else.

So my space has migrated from sealed tubs - to cute ceramic or other storage where small supplies are out in the open for me to see (and use more frequently) and my son still knows not to grab any of mommy's stuff. He sometimes is curious but usually just looks.

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December 2004
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Posted: 1/15/2013 1:25:48 PM
For now I have the door closed, but my 18 mo. old DS is curious and wants to go in and explore.

I know I have to face reality and clean it up and move things around. But not sure where.


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Posted: 1/15/2013 1:57:10 PM
Locked door!

And you can put a screen door on it so you don't feel locked away while you are in there.

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Posted: 1/15/2013 1:58:33 PM
I just keep my door closed a whole lot and try not to leave the truly messy stuff like glitter or inks out where little hands and eyes get too tempted

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November 2003
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Posted: 1/15/2013 2:02:09 PM
I mostly redirect.

My 16 month old has her own drawer. She learned months ago which drawer is for her, and which are mine. When I see her reach for one of my drawers, I say "that's not your drawer.... where is Ruby Sky's drawer?" and she goes and opens her drawer. I also have a lot of things I'm willing to share. Rolls of tape are great to keep little hands busy -- they even roll! And if the end is stuck down, it seems to be enough to stop little fingers from unravelling the entire roll. I also have a baggie of chipboard pieces she can have. She knows which bag is hers in the box. And I let her play with a few pieces of ribbon, and a few buttons. My punch drawer is fair game. She likes to take them out and put them back in. Occasionally we find one in a weird spot, like in my boot or in sister's backpack!

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Posted: 1/15/2013 2:27:56 PM
When my kids were little my scrap area was in our large living/dining that acted as our play room. I managed to wall myself off in a corner with my desk (cubes with an Ikea desk top- put another desktop across the back of the cubes) and the long play yard/gate. I had a big desk height trunk on one side of me that the gate didn't cover. This worked pretty well.

Now I'm in a room that I share with my office and the kid's drawing area. My youngest is 3, oldest is 5 and they know not to get into my stuff. Just in case I do remind them if they are in the room without me or with friends.
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Posted: 1/15/2013 2:33:46 PM
this is a good question, although my needs are specifically to 'cat-proof' my area. (and unfortunately, cats never listen, so they won't pay any attention if I tell them not to do something... )

I like the screen door idea, actually... I'm going to have to see what my BF thinks of that one. My problem with keeping the door shut all the time means it's really cold in there, as compared to the other rooms.

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July 2006
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Posted: 1/15/2013 4:34:03 PM
Cabinets with door locks. I had photo boxes for storage too, I put masking tape (one piece each side) and that worked great. I also had a Thomas the Train table in my room - that pretty much kept my kid's attention, my scrap stuff was nothing!


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Posted: 1/15/2013 4:44:55 PM
I have one of those rolling Sterlite 5 drawer units. When DS was younger (maybe 18 months or so), I turned it around so that the drawers faced the wall. Since it's on wheels, it was easy to roll out to get what I need, but he couldn't tell there were drawers. That lasted a while, but then he was climbing behind it to get to stuff.

Just recently, I cleaned out the drawers and re-loaded them with his art stuff, plus random stuff that he can play with (extra post-it notes, colored pencils, old stickers, etc). I keep anything sharp or especially messy up out of reach, but mostly he'd rather play with his stuff, or bring in books for me to read to him.

I think your best bet is to keep anything you REALLY don't want them getting into, up high and out of reach (or locked). And then to have lots of stuff available that they CAN play with - including some special or favorite toys/crafts/etc.

Also, buttons, brads, and older Prima flowers are really fun to sort for DS. He's way past the putting everything in his mouth phase, so I can just put down a blanket and let him go to town with my old eyelets/brads/etc. (The blanket makes for easy cleanup and prevents losing things to the carpet.)

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Posted: 1/15/2013 4:50:20 PM
The screen door is such a good idea.

My daughter's friend put a screen door on her baby's bedroom to keep the cats out. She painted it with flowers and butterflies, really cute.
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