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My Craft Room Organization and Storage Ideas

Updated on September 28, 2012

As a lifelong creative dabbler, my craft room is overrun with a ton of different supplies - paints, ink pads, stamps, deco tape, stickers, paper punches, pens, markers, and LOTS of paper. As a result, I am constantly trying to get my craft space more organized and find the perfect storage solution for my endless variety of new products, tools, and toys.

It's a work in progress, and probably always will be, as my interests migrate from one craft or art form to another. But I've come across some really great ideas over the years, many of them I've never seen anywhere else, a result of my thinking outside the box, and I've decided to share them all with you in hopes of helping you to bring some order to your own craft room.

Please note that this page, like my craft room, is a work in progress. If you see something with a missing image it is probably just because I haven't had a chance to get a good picture of it yet but I wanted to get my thoughts written down.

The best organizing tool around, my label maker

DYMO LetraTag LT-100H Handheld Label Maker for Office or Home (21455)
DYMO LetraTag LT-100H Handheld Label Maker for Office or Home (21455)

I can't live without this thing, I go crazy if I can use it. Seriously, one time it stopped printing correctly and I was going nuts without it. Then I just realized it needed new batteries! Silly, I know, but it went so long without needing new ones that it just didn't occur to me. Anyhow, I swear by this thing; easy to get nice tidy labels in a snap, and I hate my handwriting so it's really nice to just have neatly printed labels in a snap.

 

My craft supply index binder

A three ring binder where I keep a record of every craft supply I own

I've seen a lot of organized crafters on YouTube use a system like this, though usually it's just used for one thing that they have LOTS of, like stamps or inks. I'm more of a medium-amount-of-everything kind of crafter, so I use it to keep track of everything in one place. Well, that's the theory anyhow; it's an ongoing project!

The basic idea is simply to get yourself a three-ring binder and use it to index everything you have, sort of like the appendix at the end of a cookbook or other non-fiction. So say I'm working on ATCs on a sun theme, I can look to see if I have sun themed stamps, or paper punches, and then check to see what I have for inks and paints in shades of yellow.

How I store my scrapbooking paper and collage elements

Right now I'm mainly keeping my paper in two places, and that's partly because I'm transitioning from one to the other. For a very long time I've had my paper storage in these awesome clear bins, the Stampendous Storage Solutions boxes. I have most of them labelled with my trusty Dymo Letratag.

Trouble is, I'm a paper stack addict. Those thick pads of gorgeous scrapbook papers go on sale at Michael's and I just can't resist, even though I personally don't do any scrapbooking. And so my collection of 12" x 12" paper has continued to grow and finally it just stopped making any sense to store my paper in boxes designed for 8.5" x 11" paper, no matter how much I love them. So I wait for a sale I bought myself a scrapbook paper filing cabinet. I love it in theory, but in practice I find they are kind of poorly made and I have a hard time getting the drawers opened without sticking. I'm not sure if that's bad assembly skills on my part or if they are just not that well designed. So the transition from one storage solution to another has kind of stagnated.

Stamp Storage Solutions

I have so many stamps - all kinds... clear acrylic, wood mounted, crafty foam ones, and even some hand-carved stamps and unmounted rubber stamps. I've tried every type of stamp I've ever found. And they all need different storage! Here's a quick overview of how I store different types of stamps, and I'll go into more detail about each one below.

Anyi Lu Women's Athena Dress Sandal,Umber Metallic/Latte Calf,40 EU/9-9.5 M US
Anyi Lu Women's Athena Dress Sandal,Umber Metallic/Latte Calf,40 EU/9-9.5 M US

For storing clear stamps, I remove them from their acetate sheet and stick them to the inside of old CD cases. The acetate goes into my Craft Index for reference late, and I label the side of the cases so I know what set is in each one.

 
Clear Stackable CD Holder - Holds 12 Standard CD Jewel Cases
Clear Stackable CD Holder - Holds 12 Standard CD Jewel Cases

From there, the CD cases full of acrylic clear stamps goes into these CD holders, which stack nicely and I can even grab one and go to a certain extent - a quick bungee cord around it and into my rolling craft cart is goes.

 
Stampendous Thicker Storage Solutions, 8-1/2-Inch-by-11-Inch-by-1-Inch
Stampendous Thicker Storage Solutions, 8-1/2-Inch-by-11-Inch-by-1-Inch

Remember these? I'd bought them as paper storage, but I found they also work perfectly for wood-mounted rubber stamps. 95% of my stamps go in here, but alphabets and cubes won't fit so they are just stored loose.

 

My storage tower for pens and markers

This awesome tower is actually two cubes that I've snapped together. Each snap-apart tray comes divided into six compartments but the dividers are removable so I took some out to make it two bigger sections instead of six small ones. These compartments are just the right size for almost every writing instrument I use, with the exception of Gelly Rolls gel pens which I have to store diagonally. This is a great way to store your pens and markers flat so they won't dry out, while keeping them all organized and not taking up too much space on your work surface since it makes great use of vertical space.

Buy an awesome pen storage tower like mine

Snapware Snap 'N Stack 3-Layer Home Storage Container (6-Inches by 9-Inches)
Snapware Snap 'N Stack 3-Layer Home Storage Container (6-Inches by 9-Inches)

This is not the exact same model as mine; it's almost exactly the same size but with three deeper trays instead of my four.

 

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      judio2 

      5 years ago

      You have some wonderful ideas, I am in the (slow) process of organising my sewing room - it is going to be a long journey

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      getmoreinfo 

      5 years ago

      These Craft Room Organization and Storage is great.

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      dawnsnewbeginning 

      5 years ago

      Craft rooms can get out of hand. Some nice ideas here.

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great ideas! A craft room is so easy to get out of hand without a storage plan that's easy to stick with.

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