Storage Solutions For Crafty People
If you are like most of us, then you may find yourself looking for that needle in a haystack in your craft space. Or maybe, you will find yourself hunting for a specific ink pen that you know you have somewhere. The point is that is you find yourself looking for things a lot, then more then likely, you need to take the time to get your craft space organized.
What does it take to get yourself to the place where you know what you have and where it is? Mostly, it is just some healthy time, a little ingenuity, and a few dollars from your craft budget.
We have gathered together a few ideas for your crafty space with hopes that it will inspire you to look at your space. And maybe take one or two steps to get your crafty space a little more organized.
The Rewards Of Getting Organized
Did you know that getting organized will not only give you more time to craft, but the time that you have will be more rewarding ! Plus you will know what you have ! You won't be finding duplicates in your stash ! It will actually give you more money to spend !
One Important Step To Getting Organized Is To Purge And Declutter
I know that this step is never pleasant but the end result of getting rid of the "stuff" that just takes up space is a reward in itself. No matter what craft you do, we all collect things that we never use or hate to dispose of just in case we need it sometime in the near future.
But think of it this way, that stuff is just taking up space in your craft space. If you got rid of the stuff that will never probably use, you would have more space for the stuff that you do use.
Zoning Your Work Space
If you have never committed to zoning your craft space, this may be the time to get it done. Zoning means all like things are in one location. When you zone your craft materials, you save time and energy.
That means, if I need a die, I know exactly where that doe will be. If I need a pice of blue paper, I am going to know where to go to get it.
How you zone is up to you. It is simply a matter of selecting a specific place for specific items. For example, I have a table where my Gemini cutting and embossing machine is. In a drawer in that table is all of my cutting plates and mats as well as a book for the machine. Underneath on a shelf are all my dies and my embossing folders. All the things that I need to emboss and cut in one location,
Figure out your system and I guarantee that your crafting experience will be enhanced.
Crafting Your Own Organizers For Your Craft Room
Everyone would love to be able to go to Ikea and buy all those wonderful drawers and cabinets that they sell to completely make over a craft room. I love to see pictures of people who do just that.
But for many of us, that might not be within the reach of our budgets. Many of us are looking for ideas that would make our craft beautiful, be functional and have a reasonable cost to the project.
I also believe in repurposing things to create less of a footprint on the world.
There are lots of things that you can make yourself to help you organize your craft room. Making it yourself is rewarding and saves you lots of money. You can add your own special touches. Being able to reuse and organizing tools is a great way to save money-money that you can easily spend on your favorite craft stuff !
Borrow It From The Kitchen
There are plenty of things that you could borrow from your kitchen to repurpose into your craft room.
- Old muffin tins are perfect for holding odds and ends. You can paint them with some Rustoleum in the color of your choice
- Take a lazy susan as a base. Use some candle sticks in between some cake pans. Paint the pans and the lazy susan to match. You now have a spinner organizer.
- Canning jars are perfect to store ribbon, spools of thread and other embellishments
- Repurpose an old spice rack. Use the jars to hold buttons, pins, and embellishments
- Reuse an old recipe box to store die cuts, stickers or stamps
- Tin cans wrapped in washi tape or card stock can hold just about anything
- Tin cans of all different sizes can be covered with paper and used to store things like pencils, glues, tools, paint brushes and more
More Craft Room Organization From Kitchen Supplies
Ribbon Storage Idea
Use a paper towel holder to hold spools of ribbon or washi tape
Mug Tree Idea
Mug trees can be used for washi tape or ribbon rolls. You can often find them in thrift stores or at rummage sales
Themed Rolling Cart
No matter what your craft is, you can't go wrong with a rolling card near your work area. These carts range from $35-$75 depending on the size and how many tiers you want.you want. They can often be found on sale, and of course if you have a coupon from one of the major craft outlets, you can save even more.
These rolling carts can be stored by your work space, or they can be rolled out of a closet when you need them. It is up to you how you use them.
Label Everything !
An inexpensive label maker is one tool that I could not be without. Label your storage units with vinyl labels or labels made from a label maker. Label drawers, boxes, just about everything. You will save time and in time, you will remember exactly where that one thing you need is located.
Gotta Love Those Tic Tac Containers And Altoid Boxes
Tic Tac containers are a perfect container for left over bits of ribbon or twine. You can also store needles in them. Altoid boxes make perfect small storage containers too
More Organization Ideas
- Use a tension curtain rod to suspend in an area for ribbon storage
- Hang a bathroom caddy on a door or inside a closet door to add extra storage space
- Hang a canvas shoe organizer behind a door or on a curtain rod to hold all kinds of craft supplies
- Get a quart or larger paint can. Take 4-5 tin cans and decorate them with fabric or paper. Glue the tin cans around the paint can. Great idea for paint brushes.
- Surround a peg board with a frame to create a one of a kind supply center.
- Use a plastic ceiling tile in a box to store your copic markers
What Can Coffee Mugs Hold?
We all have extra coffee mugs laying around the house. They are perfect for colored pencils and paint brushes. Put them on a lazy susan to make an easy catch all
Shutter Washi Tape Organizer -Tutorial
Your Local Thrift Store Is A Treasury For Craft Organizers
Find all kinds of vintage craft storage ideas at your local thrift store. Be creative ! Look for bins, old vases, old glassware, bins and boxes
Use Pill Bottles TO Store Small Items.
Washed out pill containers can hold sequins and small beads. Remove the label from the front of the plastic and make a new label.
Mason Jar Twine Storage
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Craft Scissor Storage Idea
More Scissor Storage Ideas
- Hang them on a magnetic strip mounted on a wall
- Use inexpensive cup hooks on a strip of wood
- Mug holders
- Silverware caddies
- Coffee mugs
- On a pegboard with hooks
- In flower pots
- Off a decor wall rack
Closet Organization Ideas
If you have a closet in your craft space, here are some easy ideas to get that space under control and organized:
- Organize your paper with a paper filing system. You can make your own with cereal boxes, Just cover with paper and place them on a shelf
Free Printable Labels For Your Craft Space
- Organizing Labels for Crafts
Free printable organizing labels for crafts. Use these to organize your sewing room so you can find what you need quicker! visit here: www.patchworkposse.com
- Free Label Templates to Organize Your Craft Room - Jennifer Maker
Labels specifically for craft spaces
- free printable organizing labels
Free printable organizing labels are a great way to start sorting through belongings and purging the unessential.
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Getting Fabric Organized
Using Toolboxes And Tackle Boxes
Don't overlook the ides of using compartment boxes like toolboxes and tackle boxes to hold your tools and supplies. They come in different sizes and are perfect for on the go crafting.
DIY Crafter's Storage Ideas
- Pretty Crate Paper Storage - Creative Ramblings
Create a paper storage system with this tutorial
- DIY Vinyl Storage Solution
See how to make a DIY wooden vinyl storage tower to hold all of your rolls of vinyl
- Mason Jar Storage Shelf Tutorial - Poofy Cheeks
- Art Supplies Caddy - Infarrantly Creative
Lazy susan magnetic caddy will only take minutes to make
- Stickles Storage Unit
Free tutorial that shows you how to create an easy stickles storage unit
- Brush Organizer
Originally made for make up brushes. This is still a perfect idea for paint brushes also.
Using Every Space You Have-Even Closets
Zip Lock Bags
No matter what craft you do, zip lock bags in various sizes are a perfect solution for storing almost anything. They come in several sizes and are unlimited in their use. The best thing is that they can be used over and over again.
Cataloging Your Supplies
No matter what kind of craft that you do, it is important to know what you have. AS you grow in your craft, you will as most of us do, gain more supplies and tools. Knowing what you have on hand is as important as knowing where it is.
When you are shopping online, for example, you will want to know the colors of the ink pads and the type of ink pads that you have. So when I am shopping for ink pads, I pick up my ink pad catalog and I look to see what I have. I can then make a decision that will not duplicate a specific color.
You can use notebooks, index card system and samples on large rings, it is up to you. But when you are standing in an aisle thinking do I have this at home, these are a real answer when you are shopping
You can catalog by brand, by color, or by theme. Use whatever works for you best.
What can you catalog:
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