The Joyful Organizer
Just about everyone does one craft or
another. Knitting, scrapbooking, card making … what’s the one thing they
all have in common? They can easily take over our living space with their
various tools, supplies and materials. Keeping your craft supplies in
order not only helps maintain your sanity and the appearance of your home, it
also helps keep your materials in good working order. In addition, it
allows you to sit down and complete a project without having to dig out
first. The best part is getting your craft area organized doesn’t have to
take a lot of time or money.
Here are a few questions to consider:
you have adequate workspace?
you have adequate storage space?
you can't finish your project today, do you have space to leave the project
easy is it to access and put away your supplies?
Storage and Work Space
Start by assessing the amount of space you have to work
with. If it's just a closet, consider installing a customizable closet system with a
workspace so that you can craft and then simply close the doors to have it all
out of sight. If you have a whole room, picking out storage products is a little easier.
Browse design websites and craft magazines for inspiration. Consider purchasing some
repurposed furniture such as library catalog card files to house your smaller
tools. Visit yard sales, flea markets, and browse Craigslist for used
furniture you can refinish and recycle.
Consider browsing your home for furniture. A hutch from
the dining room can be turned into a craft supply cabinet, an old kitchen table
can be used as a work surface and even rolling tool carts can be used for
portable supply storage.
If at all possible, look for solutions that allow you to put
uncompleted work away. But furniture pieces aren’t the only way to
accomplish this task. Having the right storage pieces for similar items makes
cleanup a cinch!
Storing Your Supplies
Once you have your basic furniture structure in place,
and then consider your organizational accessories. Again, these don’t
have to be specialized or expensive items. These products will be the key
to keeping your space organized.
Visit your local dollar or superstore to find items that can be
used to store craft supplies.
Here are some ideas:
- Hang small pails from the bottom of a shelf with a mug hook for
- Use garbage pails to house rolled wrapping paper or rolls of
- Tackle boxes are handy for holding beads, thread, buttons, etc.
- Mason jars on a shelf give your visual access for anything small.
- Food storage containers are great to for preventing paints from
spilling and making a mess.
Keep the Best, Donate the Rest
Once you have all of your organizational pieces in place,
make sure that you get rid of any supplies that you don't plan to use. You can donate your unwanted craft supplies to a local school. Then categorize,
contain and label the remaining items. Purging the items that you are
keeping “just because” gives you the space for new and better items.
Safety is an important issue when designing and
organizing craft spaces. Make sure you have adequate light to see what
you are doing. Adhesive LED lights are an inexpensive option for adding
light where there are no existing fixtures. Also, make sure that any
sharp tools like scissors or craft knives are well out of reach of
children. If you are using knives or needles in your craft make sure to
have a first aid kit nearby.
A craft space can be located any where in your home — you want it to make you happy, so consider painting the walls and/or furnishings in colors you love. The most important thing to remember is to make it functional and FUN!
If you just don't think you have the time or inspiration to create your perfect craft space, contact a professional organizer
like myself who will assist you with the task.