I have the wonderful luxury of having a entire room dedicated to craftiness. This room is a new concept for me. Up until I moved into my house 1.5 years ago I always lived in small apartments, which definitely did not come with a craft room. The way I store and organize my craft supplies now is how I did it back then. Now I can just leave things a mess and close it behind a door! For the record, my craft room is never as tidy as it is in these pictures!
Boxes for different types of craft supplies – These let you pull out exactly what you need for a project without having to get EVERYTHING out. Also lets you tidy up a bit when you leave a project out, just by closing the boxes. I also chose green boxes over clear plastic ones so it looked nicer to have them out on a shelf or table. Plus I think that seeing what’s inside clear boxes just further clutters the room.
Low profile drawers for storing larger things and active projects – I fit these drawers under my dining room table for a time (they also worked as an extra chair and side table). I saved the top drawer for an active project that I needed to temporarily put away.
Binders to gather supplies – I’m storing more and more things in Evernote and on my computer, but I’ve still got some paper manuals and ideas I’ve pulled out of magazines. Individual binders for separate topics helps me to actually find them again.
Wall shelves to use verticle space – In my apartments, I hung these shelves high along the ceiling to utilize space above tables, couches, etc. I never had room for a bookshelf or something to go on the floor.
Folding fabric cutting board – For making curtains in one small apartment, I went outside and layed this in my front yard to get enough space to cut my fabric. In a small space, most of us don’t have a large flat surface for cutting fabric, including maybe not even enough floor space. Sometimes, you need to think outside the box (or apartment).
Gift wrap storage – I found this great wrapping paper storage from the container store. I try to keep two neutral papers (good for birthdays, baby gifts, and other events) and a couple Christmas papers.
Glass jars for small stuff – I use these vases (dollar store!) to hold things I get into frequently but are also colorful to add a little style to the room. Paintbrushes are tall, and a pain to store any other way.
Closet- I could probably do a better job of using this closet space more efficiently, but putting a cheap bookcase in there was a quick and easy was to improve usable storage space. The closet gives me a space to store all of my awkward things that can’t fit nicely into boxes and totes.
My lapel pin collection – I’ve been collecting lapel pins from my travels since I was in elementary school. To both display them and keep them organized, I’ve just tacked a ribbon to the wall and spaced out the pins along the ribbon. What I love about it is that it takes up almost no room and is a good reminder of all my vacations!
Fun Colors & Style – The color combination of light blue, green and black was actually inspired by a chair I have (which is no longer in the room). I wanted bright, fun colors since this is a creative space. I also hung some more personal items (like diplomas) that I don’t necessarily want displayed in other parts of the house. It’s still evolving, but it’s great to have a room just for creativity!
How do you store your craft supplies?