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Craft Space-Get It Organized
Secrets To Reorganizing Your Craft Space
Have you ever been frustrated when you had a hard time laying your hands on a tool when you are in the middle of a project? You know you have that tool, but here did you put it?
Are you a collector of paper, tools, sewing notions, crochet hooks or other crafty thing? Do you find yourself with duplicates of tools, threads or other stuff? Are you a hoarder? Look at your craft space and really think about what it looks like.
If frustration has set in, then it's time to reorganize your craft space. Taking the time to organize your craft space may take some time, but the results will yield you lots of benefits. The biggest benefit is the time you will gain because you will be spending less time looking for stuff and more time having fun !
You can take steps to getting organized in little chunks of time. Even 10 minutes a day will put you in a better place and a less cluttered craft space.
Advantages Of Cleaning Up Your Craft Space
It doesn't matter if you have a small corner in a multipurpose room, a closet space or a full blown craft room. being tidy has it's advantages.
- You will spend less time finding things-and that translates to more time for crafting
- You will not spend money on projects that you all ready own-when I worked on my space, I found duplicates for sure
- You will feel more inspired-a messy confusing space makes you less creative
Bookshelves afford you the best storage space inch by inch. Most of my tools are sorted and labled in photo boxes in a bookshelf on one side of my room. On each shelf I have put specific things together like my stamps and stamp pads. things that cut, magazines. ect. You can get a lot of organization on one small bookcase
Decide What Your Craft Catagories Are
In my case, I am a multi-media crafter. Meaning that I have scrapbook supplies, painting, paper crafting, yarn and more crafting supplies. So for me, the challenge of organizing my craft space is larger than a person who only crafts in one media. You may have a single craft to organize or many different kinds. So you need define the types of crafts that you will be organizing. My first thing was to define what I do. I am a knitter, a paper crafter, a scrapbook artist, a card maker, a needle crafter and a painter. Some of my supplies cross over to each to different ones. You might be a single type of crafter and of course that makes your organizing much easier. So the first step is to determine what you have and how you want to organize it. You can't determine where you will put anything until you know what you have ! In my case, my list read:
1. Stamps and stamp pads and accessories
2. Scrapbook paper
3. Paints and painting accessories
4. Glue and adhesives
5. Silk flowers and tools
6. Scissors and cutting tools
7. Paper punches
8. Cuttlebug machine, folders and dies
9. Pens, colored pencils, crayons
You should think about all the catagories for your supplies and make a list of them. Tape this list in your room, before you get started with your organization projects
Must Have Lable Maker - Must Have For Every Crafter
This is a must have for every crafter ! When I started my journey into organizing my craft room, the one thing I knew for sure was that I needed to know exactly what I had and where it was. So as I started organizing my things, getting a label maker was a critical step for me. Now every bin, drawer and box is labeled and it's esy to find exactly what I need. Plus I use my label maker in my crafting for letters and labels on cards and scrapbook pages.....It's an investment that I promise you, you will use and grow to love !!!!
Clean Up What You Have
Step # 1-Declutter and Purge
If you are a crafter, then you know that we collect lots of stuff for our crafts. We see something on sale and think, "I'll use that someday". Well today is the day to look through all of your craft supplies. It's the old adage, "If you haven't used it in a year, get rid of it."
Set the things that you would like to get rid of. Either sell it or donate it, the choice is yours. Schools and churches may be able to benefit from your disgards.
You could also have a craft trade party ! Invite a few of your friends over, throw a pot of coffee on and some cookies ! Bring some crafting leftovers and let the trading begin !
Look Around Your House For Organizers
Look around your home to see what you might find ! Things like baskets, boxes, and containers can all be repurposed for your craft room
Look At Your Space !
What I mean is really look at whatever space is available to you. it ! Measure it out ! Define what wall space, floor space, cabinet, drawer and closet space is in your area. Draw it out on a piece of paper like a floor plan. Think about your desk space or table space. Look at the chairs and lighting...especially where you have outlets. Really think about all the space and how you could use it Define the areas that you have and what your needs are and what you really want-
Pill And Medication Jars Recyled
Take pill containers and remove the labels by soaking them. Wash carefully and dry. Label the containers. These are perfect for brads and other small items
Make Zones For Your Space
Now that you have really looked at your space, it's time to consider the space and how you will zone it. This is the one things that has made a huge difference in my space. Zoning means that you take a tool or a function and organize all like things together. For example, I have all my scissors together, my punches together, my stamps together, ect. How and how much you zone is up to you , your resources and your space.
You can zone just with a couple of drawers.
If your space is large enough, you can zone by function. For example, if you are a multiple crafter like I am, you might have a knitting zone, a paper zone, a painting zone. These are where you could expect and do the tools and crafts for that function.
- A Project Area This is an area that you can leave out a project that you are cureently working on. Think of this as your workbench.
- Lighting Natural ligting is always best. Great if you have skylights and large windows, especially near your workspace.Flourescent lighting is also good. You may want to consider a craft light with a magnifier, to help you with those special projects.
- Having good seating is important. You need to have a seat on wheels, especially at the height of your worksurface.
- Add a bulletin board for brainstorming A bulletin board is a good idea, especially if you have more than one craft hobby. You can place ideas and information on it.
Photo Boxes-Reasonably Priced Organizers
I love photo boxes for organizing all my craft stuff ! They come in all kinds of designs and stack nicely on my bookshelves. When you catch them on sale, at 5-6 for $10 plus a coupon, they are really reasonably priced. I use my label maker to mark them !
The Scrap Rack System
A huge tool for every crafter is the Scrap Rack System. The system is based on a type loose leaf binder that is mounted on a large metal frame. The spinders ( are a basic 12 x 12 binder ) hold the 12 x 12 scrap rack pages. The pages have pockets that are configured to different sizes for different uses. You can divide your system into different sections depending on your needs. You can also add many scrap rack sections together to make one large one. I have a double scrap rack and love the system. I store everything for all my paper crafts in one location.
Organizing Your Pens, Markers and Inkpads - What you need to create a handy niche
If you are a crafter, then you know that being organized is essential. Having your stashes right where you can find them is essential to maximizing your craft time and making your craft time enjoyable. I had my pens in a box and very disorganized till I found just the right system for me ! I saw this system on a blog and as soon as I saw it, I just knew that it was right for me. Each section of this system stacks or goes side by side. I found a table at a local thrift store and set up this system. It was so worth the investment. Now I can find my pens, and my ink pads all in one location. I know exactly what I have and where it is.
Store stamp pads in a cassette tape or CD holder.
My Cluttered Life
I am a confirmed pack rat. Yes, I admit it. When I started to reorganize my craft space, after moving into my new home, it was important to get it organized and get it right.
I tend to be more creative than I am organized. But in my new space, I knew that I wanted to set the right foot forward and get it right. I was blessed to have a whole room as my craft space, so there really was no reason for me to be messy. It was just a matter of organization.
Imagine moving 14 boxes of craft stuff from one home to another ! And then figuring out what to do with it all . My new husband was very understanding and gave me one of the spare bedrooms. In Florida, we don't have basements, so that was pretty much the only alternative. Now the challenge was to organize it and make it look neat, pretty and make it efficient.That was my challenge, and I am still in the process of finishing the project. My question is are we ever truely finished organizing our craft space or is it a project in motion?
Clear Jars Organize and You Can See Exactly What's Inside
Use clear jars to store many types of craft supplies. This storage technique will make it easy to spot what you need. Check out your local Goodwill Store or your local thrift store to find really good buys . Add some creative labels for your jars
Add Some Shelving
Maximize Your Wallspace
Adding some shelving is a great isea to maximize your wallspace. Think of placing the things that you ise most often right there by your workspace, Shelving will help you do just that.
If you use paper in your crafts, then keeping your paper organized is a must ! There are quite a few ways to keep your paper neat and clean. Solid color paper should be organized by specific color. Patterns can be organized by color, theme or type. It is up to you the system that you use and that works for you. Here are a few other thoughts on organizing your paper:
- Keep it in an upright rolling file system. That makes it easy to move around and at your finger tips
- Organize them on a shelf with 12 x 12 plastic or cardboard paper holders.
- Use plastic drawer shelving that stack one on top of another
- Store those that come as paper pads together. That way you have matching themed paper together
- Store all solids as separate colors. Put your smaller sized paper in front of the larger sizes.
- Store your scrap paper in a desk file drawer. Use upright file holders with baggies to hold the smaller scraps
How messy is your craft space?
Is your craft space messy or organized?
Do It Yourself Storage and Organization Ideas - My Favotite Low Cost Sorage Ideas
There are lots of ways to get organized, and the best ideas are the ones that use what you have in the house, recycles some things and is creative. No matter how much space you have, you can be creative and get organized.
- 320 * Sycamore: a ribbon intervention
With a simple drill bit and a photo box, you can create a perfect ribbon box holder
- Water Bottle Supply Organizer
Using recyled materials, you can make this lazy susan organizer. I love the idea that makes it easy to get at what I need
- Decoupage Magazine Holder
We all have that hoard of craft magazines, why not get them organized? Reccyled cereal boxes with pretty papers gets the job done.
DIY Craft Room Organization
My Favorite Craft Storage Ideas
I am always looking for ideas to make my craft room more organized. Here are some of my favorites
- To store yarn, either use a divided liquor box or a wine rack.
- Keep scraps of paper in a file drawer. I use the large dividers and label them by color
- Keep your stickers in a file drawer. Organize them by color or subject. You will be able to find exactly what you need in a heartbeat
- I hang my cutting mats in my craft closet. Most craft mats have holes at the top. These holes can be put over the top of a hanger for east storage
Free Craft Room Organization Printables
These are great free printables to help you get your craft room organized. I have already started using some of them and hope you find them helpful
- Free Printable Color Labels
Sorting your things by color is a great way to find what you need in one place. These labels are great for boxes and jars