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Craft Room Organization: 10 Essential Tips!

Get the ultimate list of tips for craft room organization! This guide will help you get your craft supplies sorted out once and for all.

10 Essential Tips for Craft Room Organization!

January is National Organization Month, and one thing that I struggle with constantly is craft room organization. I’ve decided that one of the reasons craft room organization is an issue (at least for me) is the sheer volume of items I need to store: tons of paint bottles, Mod Podge, scrapbook paper, buttons, yarn, embellishments, scissors, glue gun, Duck Tape, punches . . . the list goes on and on.

In a craft room it’s very easy to acquire things and then not get rid of them. I’m sure many of you know exactly what I’m saying, (right)?

I got smart and had a friend who is good with organization come over and help me with my craft storage problem. Her name is Maya and she is a organizer extraordinaire! Maya gave me some great tips for craft room organizing and I’m excited to pass them along to you.

Craft Room Essentials

If you’re in need of some serious craft room organization, I’d begin with this list below. These essential tips will help mentally prepare you to get your craft supplies sorted. Keep reading.

Get the ultimate list of my tips for craft room organization! These 10 essential tips will help you get your craft supplies sorted out once and for all.

Focus on Function

From my friend Maya: “I think a lot of people try to organize stuff, but it’s really the space that you want to have organized.” You want the space to work for you and to be functional.

Start by thinking of how the room you are in can accomplish that. This means looking at the walls and figuring out where you can put shelving and organizers.

Inventory Everything

Look at everything you have – even if that means spreading it out on the floor! You are probably going to create a bigger mess before it gets better, but that’s okay – you need to see what you have. So you’ll have to dig into those drawers and get all of the items out in front of you.

Get Rid of Excess

Also from Maya: “Be brutal. If it doesn’t help support that space’s function, it will only detract from it (which is bad).” Keep the stuff that supports the function of your space, and get rid of the rest!

My personal tip: if I haven’t used something in a year, it needs to go away. Do you have friends that craft? Do a craft exchange and see if they can get any use out of it!

organizing yarn by color

Organize By Hobby

As you look at your items, start to put them in piles that make sense according to hobby. Maybe scrapbooking is in one area; knitting in another; sewing in yet another. This will also help pare down your supplies when you realize you have duplicates!

Invest in Organizers

You’re going to need some craft organizers, that’s for sure! After a visual scan of your items, start purchasing organizers by hobby. Keep the receipts! I decided to buy an excess of organizers so that I would have enough, and it’s easy to return them when done.

This step takes a little bit of experimenting with different types and sizes that you like, but you’ll get the hang of it. My initial purchases consisted of metal shelving, shoebox sized organizers (clear), and drawer sets (clear).

Get the ultimate list of my tips for craft room organization! These 10 essential tips will help you get your craft supplies sorted out once and for all.

Dive in With a Method

Within each hobby, I chose organizing by the colors of the rainbow as my method. That means all red ribbon is together, then orange, yellow, etc.

I did the same with fabric, yarn, scrapbook paper, glitter, and everything else. Once you know how you want to organize, start placing it in the bins with that method!

Keep Most Important Items at Eye Level

If you have items you commonly access, and we all do (scissors, paintbrushes, etc) then keep those at your eye level. You shouldn’t have to bend over or climb a ladder to reach something you are using every day.

Use Your Vertical Space

Your most important items are at eye level – now work around that. Keep your secondary items down low so that you can simply bend down to get them. Lesser used items should go up high, perhaps even where you need a step stool to access them. You have a lot of vertical space in a room – use it!

Get the ultimate list of my tips for craft room organization! These 10 essential tips will help you get your craft supplies sorted out once and for all.

Provide Yourself Some Mobile Storage

One thing that was ESSENTIAL in organizing my new space was mobile storage carts. Some things need to be out of the drawer and on wheels – for me it’s paint and Mod Podge. Storage carts can provide easy access to commonly used items.

Don’t Tackle it All at Once

Don’t expect to have your entire craft room organized and ready to roll in one sitting. It can be overwhelming and frustrating to tackle it at once – give yourself a few days or even weeks (a few hours a day) to bring it all together. Be easy on yourself!

What are your favorite tips for craft room organization? I’d love to know in the comments!

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Patricia B

Sunday 21st of January 2018

Perfect timing! I am in the middle of getting my craft room in usable order! I have been working on this room for a few years, I'm disabled so everything takes me longer. As I go, I have picked up many storage containers. I really don't have a favorite. I love the eclectic look. I do have rolling carts for all my jewelry supplies. I've used divided craft organizers from the dollar store and test tubes to hold my beads. I am now trying to separate the different materials for each of the crafts I do..... Wish me luck!!

Trudy Dishmon

Saturday 20th of January 2018

Thank you so much for the tips. My biggest problem is that I am making things for my daughters wedding and have several projects going at once. What is the best way to organize just what I am using for each project, without cluttering up my craft desk? Some of the projects have tiny pieces (pearls, gems, etc.) and others have larger items like wedding illusion, boxes of tiny lights, paint, coffee filter to make roses. I have my main crafts organized, but after reading your tips, I am going to reorganize some of it. I enjoy getting your emails so keep up the great work DIY.

Amy

Saturday 20th of January 2018

Hi Trudy! So I have a few suggestions. For the smaller items, I use these: https://amzn.to/2IezGij

Then I can put them together with the larger items in a gallon ziploc bag. I also use the gallon ziplocs by themselves. You can slide those ziplocs and plastic containers into magazine holders like these: https://amzn.to/2x9DVcD so they can stand upright.

THEN I am also a huge fan of the Sterlite quarter containers: https://amzn.to/2VHr5fS which can take larger and smaller items inside but also you can stack those :D

MaryJo Glover

Saturday 20th of January 2018

Thank you for posting . I knew/ know all of tjis , but you have given me 'permission' to do it in my own time! I simply wasn't getting to it because it was sooooo overwhelming. Thanks agin! Happy crafting! MaryJo

Donna Marie

Saturday 20th of January 2018

I organize my crafts in shoeboxes on a wall (in groups) by alphabetical order. I group them putting things I don't use up high. I use the drawers on rollers on the floor. The drawers hold items like: Ribbon-Small pieces; Ribbon-Large Pieces; Ribbon-On Reels; Ribbons-Xmas. I label the drawers and shoeboxes on the outside in bold letters so I can see them and file things as I go. It keeps my crafts accessible and neat!

Laura Glass

Friday 19th of January 2018

The hardest thing for me to do is get rid of anything, I am a hoarder [learned it from my mom] I go through my stash when every thing is beginning to take over the craft room. Even then I have to put stuff in a box then go back a couple of days later and decide if I can live without the excess. Then it goes into the donation spot so we can call the organization to come get it. Sorry I rambled so much. I really enjoy enjoy your tips and projects you share.