My kids love to do their homework and crafts on our kitchen table. The only problem I have with this is when it's time to eat, I have to get after them to clean it up. To fix this problem, I found an easy solution that has been working for us for months. I bought a shelf that sits in the corner of our kitchen for them to put their things away when they are done. It works like a charm.
The top shelf is used for school stuff—homework, papers that need signing, and library books. The other two shelves are used for craft supplies, colouring books, crayons, markers, pencils etc. Once they are finished, they now know where everything goes and I no longer have to nag them to clean up their messes.