There were some good suggestions for maintaining a craft box in the comments of my original appeal for organization hacks, but I also got this one via email from Sarah:
We have an old dresser in the basement with a cabinet top and three drawers. The cabinet holds poster paint, finger paint, glue sticks, sparkly glue, glitter, sequins, markers etc. The second drawer holds different types of paper. One of the other drawers is used for odds and ends that would otherwise have gone into our recycling – paper towel tubes, cardboard from tights or shirts, wrapping paper scraps, small glass jars, egg cartons, etc.
Whenever I notice that we are running low on basic supplies, I write it down on a list that I keep in the cabinet. When the list gets long enough, I make an order from my favorite craft supplier Discount School Supply. If you order $59 or more the shipping is free and you can always go in with a friend to make the order larger.