A reader wrote to me and asked, “I want to decorate my craft room, but I don’t know where to start because there are so many supplies and I don’t have any craft storage. Where do I put everything so I can make the room look pretty?”
The first step to decorating any room is to clear out the clutter. It’s such an important step that I included it in my decorating course as part of preparing a space. It’s essential in a craft room, because you can accumulate quite a bit of supplies, many of which are very tiny.
After you’ve decluttered and gotten rid of the things you no longer want or use, the next step is to organize what you’re keeping. Here are four things to keep in mind when organizing your craft supplies (these work when organizing any room):
- Keep like items together.
- Have a place for everything and keep everything in its place.
- Store items close to where you use them.
- Put items you use most often in easily accessible places.
You don’t want to buy any storage containers until you’ve decluttered and organized your supplies. Until you’ve gotten rid of all the unwanted supplies, you don’t know how much craft storage you’re actually going to need. Once you know what your storage needs are, then you can begin to think about what craft storage options would work best for organizing your supplies.
Besides the usual boxes, bins, and baskets, I thought it would be fun to explore some other more inventive storage ideas. So, today I’m focusing on clever and possibly unexpected craft storage ideas for you to keep your craft, art, gift wrap, and hobby supplies organized.
Craft Storage Ideas
1 Turn any bookcase into a gift wrapping center. Fit tension rods between the sides to hold rolls of gift paper and spools of wide ribbon. Another option is to attach closet rod flange holders to the inside of the bookcase and use with a clothes rod. Or make notches to slide in wooden dowels.
2 If there isn’t room for a gift wrap center, install curtain rods or towel bars on the wall to hang sheets of tissue or wrapping paper. This can be done in a closet or storage room. They also make a colorful wall display, so you could hang them in your craft room.
3 Storage cabinets designed for small hardware and tools are excellent for storing small craft supplies or embellishments. When you need more storage, you can begin stacking them.
4 Tiered baskets are wonderful organizers. They’re a great way to store delicate bows, ribbons, gift tags, and other gift wrapping supplies.
5 Repurpose a standing mug tree to hold craft pens. Hang attractive mugs on the tree to keep pens at your fingertips and not take up much counter or desktop space.
6 Find a new use for a paper towel holder. A towel rod is perfect for holding spools of ribbon. If you use a wall mounted holder that includes a shelf, the shelf is a great spot to place jars full of tiny bits and pieces.
7 Farmhouse style vases are the perfect size to store pencils and paintbrushes. Not only are they functional, but they look pretty too.
8 Take advantage of the vertical space in a room by repurposing a vertical shower caddy with a tension rod for craft storage. Tuck it away in a small corner in any room that has standard ceiling heights.
9 An over the shower caddy offers storage, too. Repurpose it for craft storage by hanging it on the wall from a hook. You could even spray paint it in a fun color to coordinate with your decor.
10 Put tiny craft pieces into small glass jars. Then keep them all together and within reach in a kitchen spice organizer.
11 Glass jars are also great for keeping spools of yarn or string accessible and tangle-free. Punch or drill a hole through the metal lid. Then put the spool in the jar and run the string through the hole before you screw on the lid.
12 Use inexpensive glass salt and pepper shakers to store glitter or style it up by using vintage shakers.
13 Something else you can do to keep those small glass jars handy, but out of the way is to glue magnets on the lids and attach them to a magnetic strip or individual magnets placed beneath upper cabinets.
14 Another “magnetic idea” ;), hang a magnetic Ikea knife holder on the wall above your craft desk or table. Then, use it to keep your metal scissors organized and at the ready. Exercise caution if using this with small children in the home.
15 Give a bucket tool organizer new purpose as a craft tool tote. With all the pockets in these totes, it’s a fabulous way to keep your craft supplies organized. And it’s portable!
16 Transform an armoire or drop-down desk into a compact craft station. Customize it with a pretty color and storage accessories to suit your needs. This idea is perfect for smaller spaces or when you don’t have a separate craft room.
17 A kitchen cart makes an excellent craft center. You can easily move it wherever you need to work. Once you’re done, just pack everything up and roll it out of the way.
18 Turn an old suitcase into a traveling craft case. Outfit it with boxes, bins, straps, and jars to hold all your supplies.
19 Pegboards are versatile storage workhorses that offer a variety of configurations with hooks and accessories in a wide range of sizes and shape. Cut the board to fit your space, then paint it to match your decor. Finish it off by framing it with molding.
20 Over-the-door pocket shoe holders are a great catch-all for those smaller items that could easily get lost in a drawer. Having them close at hand on the door is perfect for the things you use most often. (These organizers are handy for any room in the house.)
21 Create a display of glass apothecary jars in different sizes and use them to store everything from ribbons and bows to a variety of other craft supplies. They’re a fun and functional way to add color to your room, too.
22 Hangers that hold multiple pairs of pants work great for holding ribbon. It’s an easy way to store your ribbon so that you can see what you have without having to dig through boxes.
You’ll find crafting is even more fun when you have a place for everything. Having things organized and at your fingertips will save you time so you can focus on the creative part of crafting.
These creative craft storage ideas will help you get your crafting supplies neat and orderly so you can find just what you’re looking for. To help keep it that way, I’ve put together 8 Daily Routines to Keep You Organized. They’ll help you in just about any area of your life.
Do you have any clever craft storage solutions you’d like to share?
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