I am a very luck crafter–I have entire room for crafting. It’s a big space–there are 2 walls of shelves…I know, I’m spoiled.
But, lately I have not been acting like I was lucky. My craft room was a pit. There is a reason there are no “before pictures” in this organizing craft supplies post. Frankly I’m embarrassed at how bad it actually was. One of the major reasons that my craftroom was in such a bad state is because everything was just shoved in various boxes. Within the boxes things were basically organized, but unless I dug into each and every box I really didn’t know what was all in there. And, as a results my craft room was not only a mess, but I ended up buying things I already had–or totally forgetting about projects I had planned to do–and purchased supplies to make.
Something needed to change and I am so proud of myself with the progress I made. The biggest game changer for me is that I decided to organize all of my supplies in CLEAR CONTAINERS. Like most crafters I find craft supplies beautiful and draw inspiration just from the supplies–so I wanted to see them. AND, I was tried on not being able to find what I needed. It was frustrating and expensive as I ended up re-buying things.
If your craft room needs a bit of organizational attention–consider organizing craft supplies with clear containers. I did, and I am so happy.
Supplies for organizing craft supplies in clear containers:
- Darice 12×12 Protect and Store Storage Boxes.
- Embroidery Thread Organizer.
- Interlock Modular Storage Mastbox.
- Lock Tight Small Plastic Storage Container.
- Various Clear Bins.
- Mason Jars.
- Label Maker.
The biggest mess I had to take care of was jewelry supplies. My little girl had gotten into them…and they were a mess. So, I got several of these great clear containers with small compartments…and I put them up on a very high shelf.
Next up, embroidery thread…I have a lot of embroidery thread. But, I stitch a lot and I’m actually always looking for a slightly different color and going through my stash. So I actually need and use a big stash of thread. For this reason I was so happy to get the thread in flat clear containers. These containers had lids that I removed for ease of access. I love that I can see everything–and that everything isn’t just crammed into a box!
I also used several smaller clear plastic storage containers with tight fitting lids. I put things like clasps (something I use a lot) into these containers. Since I have 3 little kids I feel like I am always on the go, and usually bringing a craft along to work on here and there. I like these containers because they will travel well and aren’t too bulky.
And, my favorite part of my craft room–my buttons. Any one else a little obsessed with buttons? Since I had several jam-sized mason jars on hand already I used these to organize my buttons. My 3 year old and I actually sat down one afternoon and organized them all the buttons according to color (something that has already been SO helpful while crafting). You can rest assured that after that afternoon he knew his colors forward, backward and any other way!
Finally, it was time to label everything. Since I had already put in so much work in the craft room and organizing craft supplies, I decided to do things right, and actually use a label maker for my labels.
After cleaning up my space and organizing craft supplies I am just itching to get crafting! I found so many tools and supplies that I had forgotten about. I can’t wait to get to work!
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Nancy is the play-at-home mom of 3 little ones, ages 3 and under. When she gets a chance she blogs at dosmallthingswithlove.com about the intersection of motherhood and creativity. She has a special passion for embroidery, something she has been doing and experimenting with since she was a girl. A farm girl at heart, she now lives in Minneapolis and enjoys gardening, reading, stitching, traveling and painting. Most any day you can find her with a baby on her hip, barefoot, chasing her kids around the yard and eating beans fresh out of the garden.