January is National Get Organized Month (GO Month) and many of the tips that home organizers use to keep a house clean and clutter-free can work for your crafting area, too. With a combination of planning, sorting, storage and (gulp!) destashing, you can have a work space that helps you feel more creative and be more productive.
Here are a few tips on getting started, followed by details on our $150 GO Giveaway for one lucky crafter!
Craft Supply Organization: First, Make a Plan
It can be tempting to just dive in, but even a little bit of planning will help you in the long run. Having an action plan gives you a feeling of capability–and also keeps you from wasting your effort on an organization system that won’t work for you. So before you begin your organization project, ask yourself the following questions:
Question #1: What kind of space do I have available?
Some crafters are lucky enough to have a whole room to devote to crafting, while others can only dedicate a shelf or two. Knowing how much space you have to work with will help you figure out how best to use it.
Question #2: Where do I expect to find the craft supplies that I need?
This question is the most important one in terms of figuring out how to best organize your supplies. If you expect to find your acid-free paper in an organizer along with all of your other scrapbooking supplies, then you probably want to organize your supplies mostly by craft. However, if you expect to find all of your papers together, no matter whether they are meant for scrapbooking or watercolor painting, then you may want to organize your supplies by item type instead.
Don’t be afraid to combine approaches! If you mostly make jewelry, you might keep your jewelry supplies in one location while the rest of your crafting supplies are mixed together on a different shelf. If you store all of your papers in a tiered paper organizer, you can still mark the shelves so you know to keep the acid-free scrapbooking papers together on the top 3 rows. Many people organize tools and other multi-use supplies in a separate location from their other crafting supplies, too.
The key is that there is no “wrong” or “right” way to organize your craft supplies. If a particular system works for you, it’s the one you should keep using!
GO Giveaway: Get Organized with $150 of Organization & Storage Products from ConsumerCrafts!
Working on getting your craft supplies organized in 2012? Show & tell your biggest storage or organization challenge, and you could win a $150 prize package to help you get started on a solution! We will choose a winner from all submissions we receive by 9am on Tuesday, January 10th. Share your submission one of three ways:
- Comment here with a link to your blog post
- Comment here with a link to your photo and description on Flickr, Photobucket, etc.
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Content Manager for ConsumerCrafts by day, enthusiastic trash picker, gardener and DIY crafter by night! Most of my projects are inspired by my love of vintage jewelry – or the challenge of finding creative new uses for materials.
When I grow up, I want to be MacGuyver.