- Sophie &Friends
As a party planner with a warehouse filled with everything from art supplies to Zoo Animal decorations, I know the importance of organization. That's not to say that I know where everything is, or exactly how much red yarn I have. For the most part, my warehouse is pretty well organized. However, the recent "shelter in place" order opened my eyes to the real need for space maintenance. All of a sudden I found myself producing virtual crafting classes in my dining room, storytimes in my living room, and business in my guest bedroom. My condo has become ground zero for my virtual party planning pivot. I can only assume that there are many of you out there, like me, who are trying to reenvision your life's work from your home. Whether it's trying to maintain a workspace for your kids, or arranging your newest side hustle, everyone can benefit from these organizational tips.
The first step to organizing your craft supplies should always be to declutter. Though it’s oftentimes overlooked, decluttering your space before anything else will help you maintain a clean space later down the road. To declutter you’ll want to take out all your supplies and have them in front of you. You’ll, of course, have plenty of items to keep but you may find an abundance of supplies to throw away as well. Everything from used-up tubes of paint to broken machines should be taken out during this decluttering process. This way, you’re only organizing what you need instead of still incorporating unusable supplies back into your workspace.
2. Sort and Plan
After decluttering, you’ll want to sort the items you have left. Gather all the paintbrushes, sewing supplies, art canvases and whatever other tools you need to organize. Keep them separated and consider the size, colors, and quantity of each item you have. Develop a clear plan of what you’ll need to organize within your space and determine what items will go where. If necessary draw up a plan of your craft room so you can play around with the configuration of your storage and supplies. It’s so important to do this step so that you can get a clear idea of what will work best for your space.
3. Implement Storage
It’s also important to think outside of the box when it comes to your storage solutions as well. Typically, you may opt for basic storage bins to hold your supplies. While this can be helpful in some instances, an abundance of these bins can quickly become overwhelming. Instead, think about your workspace and what will actually be beneficial to you. For example, many of us crafters find ourselves moving around our space constantly. In these cases, versatile storage carts are extremely helpful. Instead of having to lug supplies throughout our workspace, we can just wheel them around when needed. Storage carts make it convenient to access your tools from anywhere in your space and tuck them away when not in use. You can utilize your cart for more frequently used supplies and save large bins for those you rarely use.
Don’t be afraid to try some storage hacks in your space as well. They are often forgotten about as options for storage but are so easy to put into place in craft rooms. Oftentimes, these hacks use supplies and tools that you may already have in your house. For example, to store wrapping paper in your craft room or closet, you only need the typical wire shelving that you would use in any other closet. However, instead of installing the shelf horizontally and perpendicular to the wall, turn it so that it’s parallel to the wall. You should leave about two to three inches between the shelf and the wall and install it about a foot or two from the ground. Once completed, just drop the wrapping paper rolls in between the shelf and the wall and they will stay in place without falling over. Given that wrapping and decorative paper can be one of the more difficult supplies to store, this is such a quick fix to keep them sorted.
Now, you can organize! When you begin this process, you’ll want to reference the plan you developed to remind you of what supplies will go where. Then from there, you can freely organize! Be sure to keep in mind things like color-coding and stacking by size. Since you considered both of these when sorting, they should be simple to implement. While you may not deem these strategies to be completely necessary for your space, they’re good to consider because they can certainly make it easier to find supplies in the future.
Another key component of craft organization is to think of every area of your space as storage. Not just the closets and drawers but your walls and even behind doors, too! Storing supplies in these unexpected areas are great ways to keep supplies out of the way of your work area. There are several types of organizers you can use from basic shelving to over-the-door pantry organizers, but a recent favorite has been pegboards. Although they have been seen in garages and auto shops as storage systems for tools, they’re also perfect for storing craft supplies. You can add baskets and hooks to the pegboard to find a configuration that will work best for you.