Q: “How do you organize a DIY room without forgetting the supplies stored in drawers or boxes? What are the best tips for someone who needs to see it all? Is there anything to avoid? — JoInUK
An organized craft room is essential for bringing your creative ideas to life. However, displaying everything can make you feel overwhelmed and cost you money and time. Here are some of my favorite organizing tips that make your supplies visible and help you feel calm and inspired.
1. Start by creating a central command post to store most of your craft supplies. This space should contain the objects that you access on a daily basis. (Additional supplies or less frequently used items can be stored in a nearby closet.) A natural and easy choice for a central command post is a large, open, accessible shelf, such as bookcases or cubbies. These can be customized and labeled to suit your craft storage needs.
2. If you prefer to display your supplies and have ample shelf or table space, invest in displays. They are perfect for holding yarn, paint, sequins, etc.
3. Perforated panels are your best friend when you have plenty of wall space. They can hold take-out items such as scissors, tape measures, etc. They come in fun colors and offer space for smaller supplies. You can even hang small buckets and bins filled with markers, crayons and brushes.
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4. If there’s room in your closet, hang up transparent shoe bags and store supplies and gear in individual pockets. The list and uses for hanging shoe racks are endless.
5. Door Mounted Racks inside cupboards or cabinet doors also maximize storage space. This will free up counter or table space and make your supplies more visible.
6. One rolling cart with plenty of shelving and storage space is a real game changer as it instantly adds extra organization to any craft room. I use rolling carts to organize supplies for a specific project. Just roll it up on your table when working, then store it off site when not in use.
7. If you have deep shelves, use organizers with stackable drawers one over the other. I like these because you don’t have to unstack the containers to get to the bottom ones. Here’s a tip within a tip: Labels are your best friend! Be sure to clearly label each container. It will act as a visual reminder of what’s inside.
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8. Fabric can easily turn into a mess, so consider saving space for it. I like the idea of using clear file folders tucked away in a binder and storing fabric by color or pattern.
9. One magnetic board with matching “spice tins” is perfect for storing items that are easily lost or hard to find like beads, buttons and sewing needles.
Remember that a system is only as good as its maintenance. So if you use one of these systems, be sure to clean them regularly to prevent them from becoming cumbersome. A good rule of thumb is to wipe the slate clean after completing a project.
Good luck and happy crafting!
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