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I have been looking for creative ways to organize craft supplies so I don’t need to spend a lot of money to get organized. I would love to have a room devoted to crafting. I’d invest in one of those wall-to-wall organizers and fill it with pretty baskets with fabric liners and roll out shelves for all my scrapbook paper. Unfortunately, unless I discover buried treasure in my back yard, that’s not going to be happening anytime soon. For now, I will search for creative ways to organize craft supplies that will work for me in my craft room/living room. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
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Creative Ways to Organize
When I first thought about organizing my craft supplies, I went to the craft store for ideas. They had tons of really neat carts and totes but they were really expensive and not quite what I was looking for. I do lots of different crafts including paper crafts, jewelry making, simple sewing and soap making. The craft supplies that I don’t use as often like my fabric, melt and pour soap blocks and pillow batting, I keep upstairs in our storage room in a huge tub. I don’t use them often so they can stay out of sight until I need them. A couple times a year, I find myself hunting through the tub looking for something.
Divide and Conquer
Right now, all the supplies I use regularly are tossed randomly in a three drawer wooden cabinet with plastic buckets. I can never find anything because they aren’t organized by craft type. I have sewing supplies in with my paints and my scrapbook supplies. So, I often find myself buying something that I already have because I cannot find it. I tried to separate my supplies in my larger cabinet into main groups: painting/decoupage, miscellaneous, and tools.
I made a really cute DIY craft storage organizer that I can keep some of my craft supplies in using a 3-drawer storage container. And, I labeled each of the drawers with the type of supply I’ll be adding (scrapbook, jewelry, extra) so that it is easier for me to find. I group small things together in plastic baggies so they are all in one place. Anything that was small enough and I used frequently went in there. Then I got creative. I have lots of scrap book sheets but they are too large to fit in any organizer I have. And, I also have lots of origami sheets that I wanted to make sure stayed flat and protected. Those I put in a lower cupboard in our entertainment center. One of these days I will have to organize that but not now.
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I wanted a way to keep my brads and eyelets easy to find and get to. I love using them in my note cards and scrapbook projects but because they are so tiny, I lose them all the time. So, I got a really neat spinning spice rack I have never used and don’t really need for my spices. I decided I would use those little jars to hold my brads, eyelets and other tiny things. If you have a wall mounted spice rack you didn’t need, that would work just as well. You could use it to hold buttons, beads, charms, etc.
My craft area isn’t perfect yet but it’s definitely an improvement over how it was before. I am going to keep my eyes open for more unique storage ideas. If I can clear off some space on my book case (unlikely) I could add a few cute baskets with lids in there to hold some of my extras. What kind of creative ways to organize craft supplies work for you?
Do you have any other DIY organization ideas for small spaces?
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