A Crafter’s Nightmare; How To Keep Your Craft Stuff Organized

craft materialsIf you’re an avid crafter, you have a large variety of items that you use to craft. It’s also likely that you have all of these items thrown randomly into boxes or scattered across a table.

In order to be a better crafter, you want to make sure that you organize all of your craft stuff so that you can find it easier and grab only the items you need. The following are some great ways to keep your craft items organized.

Sort your supplies.

Every crafter uses their items differently, so there’s no right or wrong way to sort your supplies. Instead, you’ll want to do it in a way that makes sense to you. For example, you may want to keep all of your fabric together, all of your ribbon together, all of your beads together and so on. If you make certain things, then you may want to keep all items you need for their creation together.

Invest in clear plastic boxes.

You can buy large bins at big box stores like Target and Walmart, but if you need something smaller, your local dollar store has plenty of great options for you to choose from. These are great for craft supplies because they allow you to see through the boxes in order to find what you need without having to open and finger through everything you own. Plus, the plastic makes them durable and keeps them safe from water damage.

Think outside the box.

Look for other items around your home that you can use for storage, such as tackle boxes, milk crates or even old glasses. All of these items can make great storage solutions for your crafts, and if they’re already at your house, then you don’t need to spend money on them.

Designate storage space.

Once you have all your craft supplies organized, you’ll need to find a place to keep it. Do you have a certain room you use to do crafts? If so, then it’s a good idea to keep all of your items into that room for easier access. You may also want to look into closet space too.

If you don’t have any spare rooms or closets, then you’ll want to invest in some shelving units or bookcases to place in a certain area of your home that can be used to store all of your supplies. The small plastic containers can easily fit on shelves or bookcases, and you will have all of your supplies together in one specific location.

Use a label.

Even though you may be using clear plastic containers, a label will save your life when you’re pressed for time. Make sure that you label all the boxes appropriately, either by what’s inside or what crafts they’re used for. For example, you may have a “scrapbook paper” box, or you may have one box dedicated to everything scrapbook related. You can either use actual labels from a label maker, or you can use a marker to write directly on the plastic container.

Kathryn Thompson is a freelance writer from Dallas who loves to craft.  She likes to be an organized crafter and often gives tips to others about organization via blogging.

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