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100 Craft Space Organization Ideas

Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

It is easy to get your space organized with a few easy steps

It is easy to get your space organized with a few easy steps

How To Get Started Organizing Your Craft Space

It does not matter how big your craft space is. No matter how much space you have, you can get it organized with just a few simple steps.

Step One-Purge Your Space

Purging is a simple process. You take the materials you have and look for what you use and what you need to get rid of. Anything that is broken get rid of. Things that you do not use on a regular basis donate to a local thrift shop. Strip you space of anything that you cannot use or will not use.

Step 2- Get it Sorted

Take each area of you supplies and tools and spread them out. Sort them by what they are-like stamp pads, paper, inks, stamps, dies or whatever you have. Look for strays and place them with the same items.

Step 3- Inventory What You Have

Take things like your stamps, ink pads, stamps and dies and do an inventory. You can find all kinds of forms and inventory sheets in your favorite browser.

Why inventory? Because having an inventory book means that you are less likely to order an item without realizing that you already have it. I have ordered ink pads in the past, only to find out that I had that color. Now, I refer to my inventory book when I order, so I can see what I have and what I need.

Decide How To Store It

The best way to think about the best way to store your materials is to zone it. What that means is that like things are stored in the same area. For example, I have my ink pads in the same area where my reinkers, acrylic blocks, stamp cleaners, blender brushes, alcohol markers and other tools are all in the same areas. So when I need anything related to Inks, I know exactly where I can find what I need, This is a great time saver.

You may have multiple hobbies like I do. So keeping all your supplies for that hobby makes sense. So, if you keep all your knitting supplies, quilling supplies, coloring book supplies, etc. means that you know where to go when you want to find what you need.

Part of that process is finding ways to store your supplies. The first step is to see what you have around your home that you might be able to use. You may be able to find baskets, bins or other materials that you can use.

Another way to find things to use for your organization is your local thrift store. They often have low priced materials that you can use to store your supplies.

Finally, check out your local dollar store. They often have very low-priced storage options. Think creatively, and you will find the right answer for your space.


Show Your Love Of Color And Your Yarn

Storing yarn in these glass jars is a lovely way to add color to your craft space

Storing yarn in these glass jars is a lovely way to add color to your craft space

Understanding Your Craft Space

It all starts with a plan and that plan starts with the idea of how much space you actually have available. Do you have a corner in a dining room? A spare room that you are going to convert into a craft room? Is your Craft space in a cellar? Or do you have one of those well coveted she sheds?

Maybe you have some craft supplies throughout your living space, scattered as it were, here, there, and everywhere. No matter what your craft or hobby is, it is time to get it all together and get your craft space organized.

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We have all seen these beautiful craft spaces that are totally designed top to bottom with amazing drawers and cabinets. That may be a reality for some, but I say make the most out of the space that you have in the budget that fits your needs.

Really Look At The Space That You Have Available

  1. Look at the space that you have available. Is it organized? Are there better ways to use that space?
  2. Is there any additional space or area that you could use? Maybe it is time to look at a basement area, a spare room, or additional storage space.
  3. Are there supplies and tools that you no longer use? Perhaps it is time to purge your space of anything that is no longer of use to you. Purging your craft space gives you new space that you did not know that you had.

No matter what kind of crafting you do, we hope that these tips and ideas are helpful to your craft space organization.

Advantages Of Getting It Organized

Why spend time planning your craft space? Because being organized will make Because you will spend less time finding things, knowing what you need and more time crafting.

The two goals that you should have in any reorganizing of your craft space are:

  1. Clear access to all your supplies
  2. Clear visibility to all of your supplies

Your project may just be to add labels to your craft storage. A label maker is certainly helpful. Make sure to get good-quality labels so that they do not peel off the container.

You can also use an electronic cutting machine like a Cricut, Silhouette, or a Scan N Touch to make labels. Using adhesive paper makes the job easier. But you can also make them on cardstock and use double-sided tape to get the job done.

It may also mean that you go into those containers and organize the contents. Baggies are perfect for this job. I also save bags from the pharmacy. These plastic bags can store a lot of medium-sized items.

Make Colorful Labels

Craft Space Closet Organization

  1. Have fabric, use fabric bins to get them organized.
  2. Smaller, miscellaneous items can easily overtake a storage space of space for those items. By using a vertical hanging shoe organizer, you can use those small pockets
  3. A utility cart can be a delightful addition to your closet for medium storage items. These are great if you have items that you use a lot. It can be rolled in and out of your space.
  4. Use a pegboard to line a section of your closet. Just about anything and everything can be hung from a pegboard. The customization options are endless with a pegboard so you can really personalize them to fit your specific craft supplies. Every item will have a designated place, cutting down the clutter and minimizing the cleanup time.
  5. Use a kitchen island for a craft table. These islands are perfect because they have multiple areas of storage underneath.
  6. Do not forget the backs of your closet doors. You can hang all kinds of hanging organizers.
  7. Use an over the door organizer to store gift wrap and wrapping necessities
  8. Grab clear see-through plastic containers for all sorts of storage in your craft space. Tall thin containers can be used for paintbrushes. Find what you need when you need it with these containers.
  9. Use a paper towel holder to hold twine and string
  10. Shoe boxes can hold a variety of supplies and goods. They come in cardboard and see through containers. Just organizing in these conatiners will make a huge difference.
Use a lazy susan and some cake pans to create your own tired storage unit, Spray paint and glue the pans.Inexpensive glass candle holders are used in between the layers, Many of these can be found at your local dollar store or thrift shops.

Use a lazy susan and some cake pans to create your own tired storage unit, Spray paint and glue the pans.Inexpensive glass candle holders are used in between the layers, Many of these can be found at your local dollar store or thrift shops.

The Importance Of Labeling And Zoning Everything

If you are a crafty person, especially if you are like me and do multiple types of crafts, then labeling is a must. There is nothing worse than the frustration of looking for something and spending craft time trying to find it.

That frustration can sometimes cause us to do crazy things like buying something only to find out later we already had it. Duplicates are enough to drive you off the deep end. I have several of the same color ink pads that I accidentally bought because my ink pads were not together.

One way I solved that problem was to zone all my craft tools and products. It does not have to be a fancy system. It just means keeping everything that relates to a craft in one area of your craft space

Getting Your Stuff Together

Zoning is nothing more than putting all stuff together in one spot. For example, you want to be able to go to one spot to get your glue gun and glue sticks, rather than going to two separate places. That is all zoning is, keeping it all together.

It is as simple as having all your stencils in the binder. Or organizing all your wool to be in one location. It could be having your acrylic blocks close to your ink pads, you get the idea. Several of my zones are just a photo boxes. My quilling materials and tools, my heat embossing supplies, and my buttons are all in single boxes. My watercolors are in a drawer. Above them are my paintbrushes. Below them are my cleaners and mediums. You get the idea.

Equally important is to label everything in sight. My label maker has paid for itself several times over. If I am in a rush, I find things quickly.

Think about your craft space and how you might make things easier for yourself!

Finding Homes For Everything

Once, you have everything purged, and you have put things that are related to each other, it is time to find homes for them.

Make your storage fit your supplies! Look for items that you can use for storage within your home and garage. You may find an item that you can use in your craft reorganization

Things like unused bins, tool boxes, anything that will hold what you have. Be creative with your storage.

Uses For Wicker Baskets

I love using wicker baskets in my craft room. There is so much that you can store in them. They can be stored in closets, on a shelf, or a bookcase

I have my embossing folders and my dies in baskets on a shelf in my craft room. they add a decorative touch. You can find them reasonably just about anywhere.

I like to look for them in thrift shops and at yard sales.

Retro Stamp Storage Idea

Use a Rolodex to store small stamps by category. You can sometimes find these in your local thrift store.Click to get complete project.

Use a Rolodex to store small stamps by category. You can sometimes find these in your local thrift store.Click to get complete project.

Stamp Storage Tips

Wooden Stamps

  1. Make a rubber stamp display. If you have rubber stamps, display them on a shelf with the picture or text displayed.
  2. Shallow plastic drawer units
  3. In clear shoe boxes
  4. In clean unused pizza boxes

Acrylic Stamps

Stamps Use Cd or DVD storage cases to hold stamps. If you can find a CD rotating holder, all the better.

  1. In their original packages in baskets or bins.
  2. In plastic sheets in loose leaf binders. You could also use trading card or coin sleeves

Foam Stamps

  1. In photo boxes
  2. In glass jars
  3. In stackable trays
  4. In zip lock bags
Keep all your embroidery floss in one location.

Keep all your embroidery floss in one location.

Use A Pegboard For Vertical Storage

You might think that a peg board would only be used in a workshop with tools and woodworking equipment. But more and more crafty folks are using pegboards to add vertical storage in their craft space.

The nice thing about a pegboard is that you can adapt it for your own crafts and needs.

There are many things that can be added to your pegboard. Check out your local home improvement option

Sweater Shelf Paper Storage Idea

Sweater shelves can be used to store paper in small  areas or closets

Sweater shelves can be used to store paper in small areas or closets

Paper Storage Tips

How you store your scrapbook paper is decided mostly on the amount of paper that you have as well as the storage space you have for it.

  1. Store paper upright (vertically) in magazine holders
  2. Store your paper vertically in cubbies by color
  3. In clear 12" by 12" boxes that will stack
  4. In a rolling cart that has multiple drawers
  5. Use a large plastic storage bin that have rails to hang file folders

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Clear Jars Mounted Or On A Table

You can't beat clear jars to store everything from buttons to zippers. No matter what craft you are into, clear jars are a good option.

You can't beat clear jars to store everything from buttons to zippers. No matter what craft you are into, clear jars are a good option.

Upright Magazine Scrap System

This upright system to store your scraps allows you to see exactly what you have.

This upright system to store your scraps allows you to see exactly what you have.

More Craft Paper Storage Ideas

Paper Scraps-Storing Those Paper Bits

We all love saving those bits of paper that we have left over from our projects. After all, as responsible crafters, we try to get the most out of the paper we use. Here are my favorite ways to store your scrap paper bits.

  1. Store your scraps in zip lock bags
  2. Use a three ring binder with page protectors to sort your scraps
  3. Use an upright file system either in a drawer or in a file box
  4. Store them in plastic baskets arranged in colors and /or patterns
  5. Use a multi drawer plastic storage system with each drawer a specific color or pattern

More Scrap Paper Storage Ideas

Consider A Kitchen Island

If you have the space, consider a kitchen island as a work space/storage space

If you have the space, consider a kitchen island as a work space/storage space