Check out these fun craft room organization and craft organization tips! Use your energy to focus on the project at hand and not on finding your supplies.
Have you ever spent more time searching for pieces than working on your current project?
Do you find yourself buying multiples of the same item, because you have trouble locating it when you need it?
Are you bewildered by the ability of others to follow projects through to completion?
Keeping your tools and pieces in order helps you effortlessly locate what you need for the project at hand, saves you time and money, and makes your activity more enjoyable (encouraging completion).
Utilize the following craft organization process and recommended craft storage products to help you get started!
Savanna loves to make her own clothes. Rachel enjoys creating scrapbooks. Rita delights in rubber stamping. Lisa likes to make her own jewelry.
Different people, different hobbies.
Let's add a commonality - organization! No matter the craft, easily finding what you need allows the focus to be solely on inventing your masterpiece rather than on the whereabouts of the maroon thread or the red ink or what have you.
The following information can be applied to any craft hobby you partake in.
Utilize the general organizing procedure of purge, sort and store, and apply it when organizing craft supplies.
• Start by gathering all of your craft gear. Pick up one item at a time and decide if it is worth keeping. In order to accomplish this, ask yourself appropriate questions (i.e. Do I still use this? Is it in working condition? How often do I use this?).
• As you make decisions, put the item in the corresponding pile, bag or box - Keep, Donate, Distribute To Others, Trash, Recycle.
• Take out the trash and recycling and put the donations in your car. This hinders the possibility of undoing your hard craft organization work.
• Now that you have gotten rid of all unnecessary items, it's time to focus on what's left. Separate the remaining things into categories (i.e. Sewing - thread, tools, ribbon OR Rubber Stamping - stamps, ink pads, paper OR Jewelry Making - beads, tools, wire).
• With your craft products categorized, you can see how much you have of everything. Use craft room organization products accordingly. See items suggested below.
As you can see in the photo above, I keep my craft supplies organized in colorful boxes according to hobby.
• If your craft is a regular activity for you, then section off a corner of a room as your "craft area." Utilize a shelving unit to hold related books and categorized supplies, a (folding) table to work on and perhaps a rolling drawer cart that can be stored in a closet.
• If your craft is a very regular activity and you have a room to spare, then great! Check out these amazing craft room organization ideas on Pinterest for some inspiration!
• Get in the habit of putting items back in their proper places. This will ensure that you can effortlessly locate things, prevent you from buying multiples of the same item, and thus save you money.
• Go through your craft supplies twice a year to get rid of unwanted or unusable items.
Craft room organization products are so much fun! Check out the below craft room storage ideas for storing your supplies.
Clip It Up - A client told me about this website, and I had to share it with you. They've got storage solutions for fabric, ribbons and more. It's really unique stuff. Check it out!
Expedit Hobby Furniture
I'm also a huge fan of Ikea's Expedit furniture (see here how I helped a client organize her scrapbooking supplies using Expedit shelves). These shelving systems come in different colors and sizes and can be customized with baskets and drawers to organize craft room supplies of all kinds!