The Ins and Outs of Organising Your Craft Room
Whether you’re a crochet supply hoarder, a fabric fanatic, a diy centerpiece queen, a passionate paper crafter, a watercolour whizz or you simply want your kids to enjoy the world of art and craft, organising your craft room or craft stash is a must. Doing so will make creating a lot more fun and a lot less stressful.
Organising your craft supplies can be a deeply personal and in some cases, an overwhelming and painful undertaking. The effort is well worth it, however, so read on for the ins and outs of organising a craft room. It might be easier than you think!
Steps to an organised craft space
Get started now
‘Do it now’ needs to be your personal mantra, starting right now. Procrastinating will only make the job harder so do it now and save yourself unnecessary angst later. If it’s too big a job to take on immediately, tackle it with 15 minute increments over the course of a week.
Consider your most frequently used items
There’s nothing more frustrating than having to turn everything upside down simply to find a pair of scissors. With that in mind, keep everything you frequently use in an open container in plain sight.
Assign designated places
A good rule of thumb for an organised craft room is “there’s a place for everything and everything in its place”. Assign special places for your craft tools, ribbons, paper, paints, brushes, markers, pencils and easels and EVERY time you use something, put it back in its rightful place.
Establish a central work area
Having an ‘official’ place where you get all your work done will help you from spreading your crafts all over the house. Keep this desk or table free by putting everything back once you’ve finished using it. You shouldn’t have anything on this central working area that’s not being used in your current project.
Let go of unnecessary things
Don’t hold onto a piece of fabric for ten years just because it’s pretty. It’s time to get rid of it. Don’t hold onto five pencil sharpeners just in case you lose one. If you’re more organised, you need less stuff! Throw it away, give it away or sell anything you no longer need.
Ideas for craft room storage solutions
When it comes to deciding how you’re going to store your art and craft items, one quick search online and you’ll be rewarded with oodles of inspiration. Some of our favourite finds include:
Dedicating one wall to multilayer storage can be a great way to keep everything organised. For both style and function, alternate between open storage and closed storage and label closed storage well. This is a particularly handy way of organising a kids craft room, as kids tend to have lots of different art and craft items to put away. The more individual boxes you have the more organised you can stay. By having one wall designated to storage you also free up the other walls for display. Check out this wall storage solution from The Scrap Shoppe Blog.
Get the most out of closet space
If you can’t designate an entire bedroom to a craft room, can you afford to take over a built-in wardrobe? Depending on the size of the wardrobe you could even have the option of a built-in desk or workspace. Check out this clever closet organisation from IHeart Organizing.
Pegboards are a trusty and time-honoured way to keep supplies like glitter, tape, ribbon, thread, crayons, scissors and glue handy. Paint your pegboard an attractive colour and add a frame to the perimeter of the board and you’ve got a truly stylish way to store small items. Check out this framed pegboard from Honeybear Lane.
Repurposed chest of drawers
Removing the drawers from an old chest of drawers is a simple way to keep everything tucked in one place and visible. Fill the empty spaces with clear plastic containers filled with all your bits and pieces. Check out this repurposed dresser from The Budget Decorator.
At Discount Art N Craft Warehouse we have a range of products that already factor in the importance of storage. Take, for example, the Jasart Creativity Centre, which has an ample working surface, an adjustable angle and three-drawer storage tray. It is great for artists and students and it’s flat packed and easy to assemble. The Jasart Bamboo Box Easel is another good example, a convenient, lightweight and portable easel with great storage.
Ready for an organised craft space in your home? Check out Discount Art N Craft Warehouse for storage solutions and for all the arts and crafts you need.