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The plastic that the bacon lays on is the perfect material for stenciling.
Meat trays are good for a paint palette.
Makeup sponges are great for stenciling.
Put your paintbrushes, bristles up, in Pringles cans, or store upside down in floral foam.
Protect your paintbrush bristles by storing them in small straws.
Use a tooth brush holder with the four or more holes at the top and store your pencils and pens in them. Or better yet, put your paintbrushes in them, bristles up.
Take a margarine tub or yogurt cup and cut a x in top, middle of the lid to hold a paint brush, fill with water, if the kids or yourself spill it, it will only spill a little rather then the whole paint cup.