Craft items can quickly accumulate and turn into jumbled piles of yarn, beads, paints … you name it. Organizing your craft supplies will ensure that you will be able to enjoy crafting without the frustration of searching for or purchasing items you already own but can’t locate.
Dedicate one space in your home to keep all your craft items together; whether it is an entire room or a section in a spare closet or in a corner of your basement. As always, before you organize anything you need to start by de-cluttering your stash, then sorting everything into categories of like items. How you store your tools and supplies depends entirely on your preferences and needs. Below I have listed just a few methods to help you on your way.
I personally like clear plastic totes that come in a variety of shapes and sizes; they are stackable and will let you identify what you need in an instant. Depending on the available space you can store (labeled) plastic containers on shelving in a closet or above a craft table. Rolling storage carts with shelving or drawers are also a great option with limited space. They can be moved into your work area during a project and then stored away neatly while not in use.
Small items are always hardest to keep contained, so be sure to purchase appropriate containers depending on the amount to be stored. Beads, buttons and the like are best stored in lidded glass jars or small plastic containers. Depending on the size of your stash you may want to take it a step further and sort by color or size. Tiny items such as glitter, sand or micro beads can be stored in spice jars. Another option may be small storage bins designed to hold hardware items that have numerous tilt out drawers in various sizes or multi-compartment, stackable storage boxes.
Ribbons can be stored in a variety of different and fun ways:
– Use straw containers – simply pull up the lid and thread spools of ribbon over center post.
– Wall mounted dowels or rods can hold numerous spools above a working space.
– Stand spools upright in clear plastic storage box or make your own ribbon dispenser by using a cardboard shoe box and feeding the ends of the ribbons through slits on the side of the box.
Pegboards or magnetic wall bars can be a great wall storage solution to hold all sorts of craft supplies above your work area, including hooks, cups or small shelving.
A desktop Carousel or a craft caddy are perfect for keeping your markers, scissors, pens, pencils or brushes close at hand! Purchase one or create your own work station by adding cans or cups to a lazy Susan (turn table) for your supplies.
Craft stores carry a variety of specialty storage solutions or browse the internet for inspiration to create your own personalized crafting space. Happy crafting!
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