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Storage Solutions For Crafty People

Updated on March 28, 2019
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Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

It's time to get organized in your craft space
It's time to get organized in your craft space | Source

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.

Here are some quick ideas for getting rid of that extra stuff

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 !

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Use every inch of wall space to keep organized. Free tutorial explains how to create your own framed peg board.
Use every inch of wall space to keep organized. Free tutorial explains how to create your own framed peg board. | Source

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

Another lasy susan uses spice jars and spagetti sauce jars. Very useful for embellishments.
Another lasy susan uses spice jars and spagetti sauce jars. Very useful for embellishments.

Ribbon Storage Idea

Use a paper towel holder to hold spools of ribbon or washi tape

Use a wine box to store your paint bottles
Use a wine box to store your paint bottles

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.

DESIGNA 3-Tier Metal Mesh Rolling Storage Cart with Utility Handle, Turquoise
DESIGNA 3-Tier Metal Mesh Rolling Storage Cart with Utility Handle, Turquoise

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.

You can store craft tools as I do on my cart, or you can create a cart with all of your paints, brushes and drawing equipment.

This cart would work for any hobby including, knitters, card makers, scrapbook artists, art journalists, diamond painters and a whole lot more.

 

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.

Wrap embroidery floss around clothes pins
Wrap embroidery floss around clothes pins

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

Ribbon Organizer

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

Another way to store ribbon is to use space in your closet. This idea uses a curtain rod and rings to store ribbon. You can organize by color and see exactly what you have. And it is pretty too/
Another way to store ribbon is to use space in your closet. This idea uses a curtain rod and rings to store ribbon. You can organize by color and see exactly what you have. And it is pretty too/ | Source

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

Learn how to make this shutter organizer
Learn how to make this shutter organizer | Source

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 old spice racks to hold anything you have. As you use them, save spice jars for future organization. They can hold embellishments, ribbon and more.
Use old spice racks to hold anything you have. As you use them, save spice jars for future organization. They can hold embellishments, ribbon and more. | Source

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

Twine storage is easy with this DIY project
Twine storage is easy with this DIY project | Source

Craft Scissor Storage Idea

Use a simple rail and hook storage system to store scissors
Use a simple rail and hook storage system to store scissors

More Scissor Storage Ideas

  1. Hang them on a magnetic strip mounted on a wall
  2. Use inexpensive cup hooks on a strip of wood
  3. Mug holders
  4. Silverware caddies
  5. Coffee mugs
  6. On a pegboard with hooks
  7. In flower pots
  8. 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:

  1. 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

Getting Fabric Organized

Getting your fabric organized is easy and will make your craft space look lovely. Here are some ideas for your fabrics
Getting your fabric organized is easy and will make your craft space look lovely. Here are some ideas for your fabrics | Source

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.

Using Every Space You Have-Even Closets

Use every space in your craft room. Closets are valuable space. Even The doors can be used. Learn how to do a closet makeover here
Use every space in your craft room. Closets are valuable space. Even The doors can be used. Learn how to do a closet makeover here | Source

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

Here is one idea to get started

You can catalog by brand, by color, or by theme. Use whatever works for you best.

What can you catalog:

Buttons

Cloth

Craft Pads

Ink Pads

Ribbons

Stamps

Thread

Wool

© 2019 Linda F Correa

How Do You Store Your Craft Items? Share a thought or Idea

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  • linfcor profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda F Correa 

    4 months ago from Spring Hill Florida

    Thank you for your kind comments. Always happy to share ideas with fellow crafters

  • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

    Chitrangada Sharan 

    4 months ago from New Delhi, India

    Impressive ideas and suggestions to organise the art and craft materials. I have many such things, since I love doing art and craft.

    Thanks for sharing this well presented article. Some of your tips and suggestions are worth implementing.

    Thanks and good day to you!

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