7 Suggestions to Help You Organize Your Craft Room
If you are a creative person and like to let this quality take center stage in your life, then you probably have a craft room at home. With a ton of paper, fabric, ribbons, sequins, paints, and other supplies to work with, I’m sure there are times when you feel overwhelmed, especially when handling multiple projects simultaneously.
Dealing with the unavoidable and invariable mess in the craft room can sometimes drain the fun out of the activity. Your favorite hobby can instantly seem like drudgery.
Craft supplies can be really crafty in taking over a lot of your space. And when working with them, it is only natural for you to spread things around and concentrate on the project at hand. However, it can get messy and difficult for you to find the right things at the right time, thereby making you feel constrained in your crafting skills.
To deal with such situations, you need to take some time and work on organizing your craft room. Want to know how you can do that? Here are a few suggestions.
Have a Designated Space
If it is your favorite hobby, it deserves a special space of its own. Even if you do not have a separate room for crafting, you can still create a designated space for it by using a partition in a larger room. The partition can be anything, from a piece of tall furniture, a bookshelf, or an opaque screen.
Having a separate and dedicated craft area is like working in an almost-sacred zone meant for a specific purpose. It helps you concentrate better, making you faster and more productive.
Let There Be a Place for Everything
When I say have a place for everything, I mean everything. This will make it easier for you to locate things and make working on several projects at once seem more pleasurable. Make sure there is an elected place for your fabric, papers, colors, buttons, scissors, rulers, paintbrushes, glue, tape, and so on.
Invest in a few containers and/or transparent plastic boxes in different sizes. Use these to store your craft supplies systematically. Put zip-lock bags, old mugs, shoe boxes, bamboo trays, wicker baskets, etc. to good use. Additionally, make it a habit to put all the supplies back in their place after use.
Make Accessibility Easy
It is more convenient and easy to work with supplies if they are easily accessible. You don’t need to take a trip around your entire home just to get yourself a paperknife. Of course, because you have a separate room for crafting, you get to store everything in the same area. Use this to your advantage and work on making accessibility easy.
Group supplies based on their purpose, color, material, or use. Store frequently used items such as your glue gun, sewing machine, scissors, cutter, etc. in way that they are always close at hand. Place dividers in large drawers to create sections and store items more methodically.
Label Your Containers
How many times have you felt lost while still working on your project just because you could not find an important item? It is easy to forget what is stored where when you have a room full of things of different shapes and sizes. This is where your label maker comes into play.
Use it to label your containers and drawers to be able to locate things in a jiffy. With its help, you will no longer have to spend your time trying to trace things; neither will you have to get hassled if and when you forget what is kept where.
Get a Table and a Chair
Get yourself a suitable table and chair to work comfortably. You don’t need to spend a fortune on them. They can be your newest craft project. Just look for them at a garage sale or a second hand store, repaint them and they’ll be as good as new.
If your craft involves a lot of cutting, you may want to get yourself a cutting table as well, as that will result in less strain on your back. Or you could make one yourself by adding some height to your existing table with the help of some wooden blocks.
Categorize, Categorize, Categorize
Very few will disagree with the fact that categorizing is crucial to the art of organizing. This practice helps you distinguish and rearrange things very easily. Your can categorize on various parameters like color, shape, size, seasonality, brand, basically anything that supports the way you work.
For example, it makes sense to categorize by color if you’re using see-through containers or zip-lock bags to store things. Similarly, it is best to categorize fabrics like wool, sheer, silk, etc. by seasonality to be able to find them easily.
Use Shelves and Hooks
Worried that your craft room isn’t large enough to let you store things that you’re bound to need from time to time? Well, what you’re probably taking into account is only the horizontal space. If that proves to be insufficient, how about going vertical with your storage?
You can use the walls of your craft room optimally by installing hooks, racks, shelves, and cabinets on them.
Buy a collapsible ladder or a stool to access items stored on higher shelves. For displaying paper craft and pretty paintings, install felt boards, bulletin boards, and magnet boards.
Hooks can be hung not only on walls, but also on the sides of and under your cabinets. Use them to hang your scissors, ribbons, and fabric.
The possibilities in organizing your craft room are endless. And you being a creative soul should be able to work out of a plethora of DIY ideas and use everyday items to create things that help you organize your craft room better. Mentioned above are but a few ideas which should help in sparking off a great wave of creativity in your endeavor to systematize your craft room.