If you enjoy crafting, you know it's difficult to keep your supplies organized. Without proper systems and storage, craft items can quickly accumulate and turn into piles of clutter. An organized craft area will spark creativity and let you enjoy crafting without the frustration of searching for or purchasing items you already own.
Creating a craft zone
Dedicate one space in your home to keep all craft items together, whether that’s an entire room, a section in a spare room or closet, or a corner in the basement. Before running to the store or filling your cart on Amazon with storage containers, first assess what you need to store. Start by sorting your stash into categories of like items (fabrics, yarn, notions, paints, etc.). Then donate anything that you no longer need, use, or love.
Finding the right storage solutions
How you store your tools and supplies depends on your available space, preference, and needs. Consider your current storage and determine what may work better.
Bins, jars, boxes, and drawers
Clear plastic totes come in a variety of shapes and sizes, are stackable, and allow you to identify what you need in an instant. Depending on your space, you can store (labeled) plastic containers on shelving, in a closet, or stacked on a craft table. Rolling storage carts with built-in shelving or drawers are also a great option when space is tight. Just wheel the cart to your work area while working on a project and then store it neatly away while not in use. Smaller items, such as beads and buttons, are best stored in small plastic containers with separate compartments, allowing you to separate them by size and color. Store tiny items, such as glitter, sand, or microbeads in spice jars. Another option to consider is small storage bins, designed to hold hardware items that have many tilt-out drawers in various sizes, or multi-compartment, stackable storage boxes.
Store ribbons in a variety of different and fun ways:
● Use straw containers–pull up the lid and thread spools of ribbon over a center post.
● Wall-mounted dowels or rods can hold many spools above a working space.
● Stand spools upright in a clear plastic storage box or make your own ribbon dispenser by using a cardboard shoe box and feeding the ends of the ribbons through slits on the side of the box.
Pegboards, magnetic wall bars, small shelving, or hooks can be a great wall storage solution to hold a variety of craft supplies above your work area. A desktop Carousel or a craft caddy is perfect for keeping markers, scissors, pens, pencils, or brushes close at hand. Purchase one or create your own workstation by placing cans or cups on a turntable.
Craft stores carry a variety of specialty storage solutions. Browse the internet for inspiration to create your own personalized crafting space. Here are a few pins to get you started. Don’t forget to de-clutter once in a while.
An organized, designated space will let you enjoy crafting whenever the mood strikes, and feel creative and relaxed.
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