How does clutter and disorganization affect your creativity?
With each new year comes the annual fretting over getting organized, right? For us crafters, it's often a constant battle to stay on top of our ever-growing stash of craft supplies. I think a well-organized craft space, whether it's a whole room or the corner of the garage, is so important for our creativity and our ability to really enjoy our crafting.
For me, nothing kills my creative
mojo faster than tons of clutter. It can put me deep into shopping moratorium
mode – “I’m not buying one more thing!” You’ve all been there, right? But when that
happens, you might miss out on a great opportunity to try something
Some people don’t mind
clutter and they can still find inspiration to create in the middle of it, and
that’s cool. But if you’re like me, you probably need to clean up and clear
away the remnants of earlier projects before you can feel open and ready to
start new projects.
Here are a few craft supply organization and storage ideas from my own studio, which are featured in my book, Craft Your Stash.
Cupcake Display Stand
With a mini metal custard
cup in each spot, this stand is both adorable and useful for keeping lots of
different little embellishments close at hand, like stray buttons and bling.
I love these semi-clear
plastic containers for sugar and flour. They’re rectangular, so they fit
side-by-side nicely on a shelf and I can see exactly what’s inside. I bought these through a Publisher's Clearinghouse catalog — one time when looking at my junk mail really paid off!
Locker Shelves and Fabric Bins
These folding wire racks make
it easy to take advantage of typically unused space way up high on a closet
shelf. They’re tall enough to rise above most books and magazines, plus with fabric bins, you can take advantage of more vertical space up high to stash the stuff you don’t use as often.
Cabinet Door Labels
I love all the storage space
in the cabinets beneath my counters, but it’s easy to forget what’s behind
closed doors. Plus I hate having to get down on the ground to dig around,
trying to remember what I put way in the back. So I put these self-adhesive
plastic business card sleeves from the office supply store inside each cabinet door. I can easily read the list and quickly pull it out of the sleeve to
update as needed.
Stackable Paper Drawers
Categorize your papers by
color or pattern type and label each drawer. Stack them into a tower on the
floor or line them up along a countertop or shelf. I bought these 4-drawer
portable cabinets at a quilt show; they were intended for storing 12” quilt blocks
in progress, but they work great for all my scrapbook papers. I also use wall-mounted drawers (hung above the paper drawers). A shelf and drawer in
one ... who doesn’t love a good two-fer? My rubber stamps fit perfectly in these shallow drawers.
For more craft room organizing tips, as well as color theory, design principles and loads of great craft project how-tos, get yourself a copy of Craft Your Stash
and get yourself busy!
to hop through lots of craft designers' blogs to see what they have to say about the book, too. Happy New Year!
Book excerpt reprinted with permission from Fox Chapel Publishing.