Thank you Amy!
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Let me guess.
You have a sandtray miniature addiction and are always on the look out for new and better ways to set up or add to your ever-growing collection.
Good news! I’m not here to help you recover but to help you further your addiction in new and creative ways:)
Hack #1 Get white shelves.
I learned this the hard way. I have both tan and dark shelves. While the dark ones are nice, I find myself constantly frustrated with cleaning off the sand from the shelves. The shelves will be all nice and clean and after one session- BAM it’s back to looking like a desert storm came through my office.
I just bought new shelves- they are all white and am pumped that I won’t have this problem in the future.
Hack #2 Baskets are your friend
If you work with kids, baskets are a must. Little ones often want LOTS of things in their trays and will dump whatever is available in the tray. After they unload the shelves into your tray, you are likely to have a mess that will be difficult to sort through and put back correctly.
Easy solution for me is to just have baskets for different categories, like one for army men, one for plastic trees, one for jewels, etc. Speaking of jewels..