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Particularly in these days of Pinterest boards, DIY spirit, and Etsy crafts, a lot of people still like to keep a craft room handy for projects. Whatever you’re into – sewing, painting, scrapbooking, etc – keeping a dedicated space for your craft projects and supplies is a great way to stay productive and keep everything organized, which is always a nice bonus right?

The next time you find yourself scrambling around trying to find just the right color yarn, why not take a second to reorganize your craft room and get everything right where it should go?

Take stock of what you have. Before embarking on any big organizational adventures, the first thing to do is figure out what you have (and what you need to be putting away). Think about the sort of crafts you usually make – do you have a lot of long fabric strips? Is there paint that needs to be kept away safely? What are you going to do about this mountain of half-used colored pencils? Sit down and make some kind of list (or big pile) of everything you need to keep around your crafts room and plan from there.

Look at the space you can work with. Unless you do it for a living, the crafts room probably isn’t going to be the biggest room in your home, and that means you have to make the most of it all. See if there’s anything that can be taken out of your crafts room to free up space – that second desk that never wound up with the sewing machine on it, that vintage trunk you wanted to decorate but never did, or maybe even some non-craft supplies that can wind up in the basement or something. You’ve already got enough to put away, it doesn’t need to get worse.

Organize by size and type. So once you’ve got your work area set up, the next step is to take what you’ve got and help it find a home. A few ideas for more common items:

  • Art supplies: Things like pencils, drawing pads, and paintbrushes can be pretty easily kept inside desk organizers for both organization and accessibility. It’s always good to have them right nearby when inspiration strikes, and nothing is more frustrating than losing a favorite pencil.
  • Fabric: Depending on how you store your fabric, there’s a few things you can do here. A lot of people like to repurpose bookcases to hold onto fabric bolts, and in cases of longer fabric sheets you can use closet shelving to let fabric drape over for easy access.
  • Paint: Given its nature of being dangerous to both anyone touching it and the things around you, paint needs a little care. Home shelves are a good solution for bigger paints to keep them sturdy and on something that won’t be too affected in case of a spill.
  • Dangerous Items: For things like scissors, X-Acto knives, sharp needles, and so on, you’re going to want to keep these in a place where they can’t accidentally harm anyone who bumps into them by accident, particularly if you have kids around. A lot of craft-makers turn to home storage lockers to help keep everything locked safely away and out of prying hands who might not know the difference between the good scissors and the ones you keep in the kids’ room.

 Remember not to stress out. It’s easier said than done, but it’s going to suck a lot of fun out of crafting if you’re not enjoying yourself. Take some time after you’ve gotten it all organized to admire your handiwork – and remember where everything is. Old habits dies hard, but you’re going to be happy everything’s finally put away.

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