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Ideas for Organizing a Craft Room
Whether you sew, knit, or doing any other type of craft, you probably don’t want to work in a space where you have to search around to find what you need. To help manage this mess, it’s worth it to take the time to get everything in order. With these organizational tips, you’ll be able to create a more effective craft room in no time!
Go Through What You Have and What You Want
The first step to any organizing job is to assess what you have. Is there anything that you don’t want or need anymore? Do you have any items already organized in a way you like?
In this assessment, you should also assess what you need. Do you need a place for bolts of fabric? Do you need a table for a sewing machine? Questions like these will give you a place to start and reduce how overwhelming organization can seem.
Bins and Drawers
Most craft rooms already have some drawers or bins in use for supplies. If you’re just throwing supplies into the nearest bin, though, you aren’t using these in the best way.
To start, separate supplies by category. For instance, maybe you want to organize fabrics or yarn by color. Once you’ve found a system that works for you, take the time to label your bins and drawers. This will make it much easier to find things when you need them.
If you are working with limited drawer space, drawer dividers can be helpful as well. These will help to keep different supplies separated in shared drawers.
Keep a Waste Basket by Your Work Table
When crafting, you probably run into a lot of waste. Empty spools of thread, bits of paper, or even broken needles can make quite the mess when they pile up. It might seem simple but keeping a small wastebasket nearby can help control the mess these can cause. For safety, keep some cork caps around to insert the sharp ends of broken or bent needles into. These can
be kept in a small jar by your workspace.
Take Advantage of Vertical Storage
When many organize rooms and look for storage, a gold mine is often missed – vertical storage. In a craft room specifically, it can be useful to pick up a pegboard and pegs. This can be used as a place to hang scissors, rolls of fabric, and even small shelves for spools of thread and bottles of paint.
On the topic of shelves, you can never really have too many. They work great for extra storage and floating shelves don’t take up too much space. Another way to make the most of a space is to use corner shelves.
Use Magazine Holders for Paper
If you’re a crafter that uses a lot of paper or cardstock, it’s important to store them in a way that they won’t get bent. A great tool to help with this is magazine holders. They’re already designed to hold paper without bending it, so they offer a ready and easy solution.
A Station for Sewing
If you like to sew in your craft room, create a corner dedicated to it. You can have a small table and chair for your sewing machine. Shelves and pegboards can once again be used to keep items like thread and ribbon from getting tangled. Larger shelves are another great way to store bolts of fabric nearby and ready for when you need them.
Use Jars for Leftover Material
As you’re crafting, you’re likely to find that you have leftover material. You may not necessarily want to throw these away. Maybe that extra ribbon would work for another craft or leftover fabric will work for a patchwork creation.
To store these extra bits, keep some glass canisters or mason jars around. These are an easy way to keep different, smaller pieces off your work table with sacrificing a whole bin or drawer. Mason jars are a great way to store small supplies such as buttons as well.
Clothespins for Embroidery Floss
Nothing is quite as frustrating as reaching for embroidery floss only to pull out a tangled mess. To store them and avoid this problem, try wrapping the floss around a clothespin and use the pin itself to hold the end of the floss in place.
Whiteboard and Chalkboards
If you’re someone who likes to write to-do lists or keep track of steps of the craft you’re working on, a whiteboard or chalkboard can be helpful. There are two ways you can do this. Of course, you can purchase a whiteboard or chalkboard to hang on your wall. If you want to take a step further, specialized chalkboard paint can turn a wall into a place to write things down.
There’s a lot to keep track of in a craft room. After all, you want to be ready anytime inspiration strikes. Luckily, with tips like these, you can make sure your craft room is neat and organized at all times.
About the author: Annabelle Carter Short is a writer and seamstress of more than 7 years. When not working, she’s spending time with her family or putting pen to paper for her own personal pursuits. Annabelle is a mother and she likes to make crafts and DIY projects with her two kids. Annabelle is passionate about autism and she homeschools her autistic son. She also
works with few organizations to provide the best resources for raising and educating a special needs child.