This was the sorry state of our homeschool/homework desk. Fed up, I decided to go to Daiso for some organization help. While we had plastic boxes for colored pencils, crayons and markers, they were not working because no one wanted to put the lids back on. Plus, they took up too much room on the table.
My purchases consisted of the two trays on the left and four stackable boxes—all $1.50 each! Fingers crossed that this system will work better and this space will not return to the chaos pictured above.