Photo by Four Generations One Roof
Do your craft supplies get out of hand? Do they take on a life of their own and completely take over a drawer, closet or even a room? Between kids art supplies as well as my own, we can have stuff everywhere at any given time. It got so bad at one point, my mom bought large plastic bins and we just threw everything inside. The key for me is to purge often and only keep what we will really use. Living with four generations under one roof, we have zero room for stuff we don’t use.
Do you all know Desiree from The 36th Avenue? I could just hug this girl! She created a space for all of her crafting supplies between a peg board, an inexpensive cart and a few bowls and plastic containers. Isn’t this the cutest space you have ever seen?
If you are lucky enough to have a designated closet for craft storage, Kelly has great tips over at Eclectically Vintage using budget-friendly shelving and clear plastic containers for storage.
Our closet space is limited in our home so I decided to use our dresser from HomeGoods as a craft station. It essentially holds all of our daily must-haves when it comes to crafting: kids’ paints, pencils, ribbon, etc.
I used plastic and fabric covered bins to keep things organized. Shoe boxes also work well to keep small items together.
Another great idea is to designate a blank wall as a crafting station using a peg board. You can purchase a peg board system at most local hardware stores and you will be amazed at how this board will keep things organized! KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms did just that. She covered an entire wall with a peg board and then purchased peg board clips, coordinating baskets, rods and jars; now she has an accessible spot for ribbon and smaller crafting items.
If you are not a fan of the white peg board, try a clear acrylic peg board like this one featured on Alkemie. I love how modern it looks!
Or paint it blue like Traci did over at Beneath My Heart.
Laura at Finding Home used an armoire and filled it with clear plastic bins. The chalkboard DIY labels keep everything nicely organized so her kids know where things belong.
Jars are fabulous for keeping craft supplies together, as shown below from Only Passionate Curiosity.
Many times we will donate extra supplies to a local library or even to the school. We also have a local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization that makes house calls to pick up gently used items. So, if you are anxious about what to do with new or slightly used craft items, think about donating them. Happy organizing!