Organizing and January just go hand in hand, don’t they?
Everything seems fresh and new, and we get that urge to tidy things up after the Christmas decor is put away and the house starts looking less cluttered again. Organizing is a natural part of the process.
Regardless of the time of year though, one of the most challenging areas to organize is the craft supply.
Bottles and boxes; bits and bobs; tools, pieces and parts…where’s a Maker to put it all?
The Craft Studio Dream
When we moved into our home almost two years ago, I was over-the-moon excited about the room above our garage that would give me more than enough space to store supplies and set up a crafting area.
Of course there was also plenty of room for our drummer to set up his studio in one corner – and the guitarist in his – and the extra set of bunk beds that our adult sons no longer needed – and Christmas decor – and all the stuff we really didn’t know where to put.
Then Tony’s job changed and he began working from home – and needed office space…
And when we made the decision last summer to wall off a section to create a room for our older kids when they come home to visit…that’s when I realized it just wasn’t going to work.
It was time to change my plan.
Organizing the Chaos
No matter where you craft, you’ve got stuff! And nothing is more frustrating that digging through boxes, baskets, or piles (yep!) to find what you need.
That’s how I’ve been operating for the past few months and it’s been driving this order-loving Maker nuts. I finally decided I’d had enough.
If you’ve got your own boxes, baskets, and piles, I’ve got a plan for you!
First – Organize that Stuff!
You have a good idea of what you have, right? I did, but finding the exact color of paint, container of beads, or bottle of glue was always a treasure-hunting chore. And scissors…they walk at my house.
Before you can store your stuff, it has to be organized.
Start by going through every supply you have and decide what you’ll keep and what you’ll get rid of. It’s easy to collect extra supplies that you don’t really use – or leftovers from a project you’re sure you’ll use again – but don’t. Dried bottles of glue, scissors that don’t cut well, and paint colors you hate – all need to go. This can make a dramatic difference in the amount of storage area you actually need.
Next, sort everything into groups so you can see exactly what you have that needs storage.
And the fun part is finding creative and workable ways to store everything.
Most craft and home stores have organizational containers on sale in January so it’s an even better time to get organized.
I found these sturdy photo boxes at Michael’s for just $2 each. Each box holds 40 bottles of craft paint, with just enough room to easily handle individual bottles, but not so much that they slide around – perfect!
And because these boxes are so nice and sturdy, they stack beautifully!
For scissors, adhesives, and paintbrushes, metal pails are perfect.
And a plastic drawer unit keeps larger items contained and organized. I used this technique to dress the front of the drawers up a bit.
You can also repurpose things around your house for craft storage. Sturdy egg cartons and small canning jars make great storage for organizing beads and charms.
Now that we’re Organized…
Having things tidy and organized makes all the difference between an enjoyable or frustrating crafting session.
Now that we have everything in its place, where will it all go?
In Part 2 I’ll show you my repurposed project that neatly and beautifully houses all my crafting supplies.
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