How to Keep a Craft Room Organized

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Do you have a craft room at home? Image of a notebook and pen and paints and the phase, How to Keep a Craft Room Organized

Are you looking for ways keep things in order?

The good news is that you can keep a craft room organized with minimal effort.

In this post, I offer a few suggestions to help you keep a craft room neat, and tidy.

Declutter your craft room on a regular basis.

Every so often, be it every quarter, six months or year, you’ll want to declutter your craft materials.

This is a great way to stay on top of all of your supplies and tools, and create more space in your room if it’s overstuffed.

Begin by throwing away any damaged, broken, or dried up materials.

Do you have items you no longer need, or are no longer interested in using?

Consider donating your items to a local community art center, school, or other group.

Label items freely.

Labeling items makes it easy for you to find items right away, and to put things back where they belong.

Besides labeling traditional items such as containers, bottles, and boxes, you could also label the outside of cabinets, drawers, and shelves so you can see where things are at a glance.

Two quick labeling/storage ideas include: taking a photo of an item and mounting it to the outside of a box or container, tracing the outline of tools on a pegboard or cork board, just hang or replace the tool in question when you’re finished with it.

Limit access to your craft room.

If you have others in your household and are concerned about them moving things or borrowing items, you may want to consider limiting who can enter your craft room or area.

You could lock the door, firmly secure containers or storage units with a small combination or key lock, or ask people to check in with you before entering the room.

Have a place for trash and recyclables.

Why stop at a generic garbage can? Create separate bins so you can easily dispose of items.

For example, you could have a paper, plastic, or fabric recycling bin. Likewise, make it easy to dispose of hazardous materials.

Check with your local municipality to see what the rules are for spent items like aerosol cans, paint cans, and the like.

Print out the disposal instructions, and keep on hand.

Make it easy for others to borrow items.

No more standing in your craft room, scratching your head, wondering where you put your glue gun (hint: you loaned it to your friend Sally for the weekend!).

Create a sign-out sheet on a clipboard, listing the item, location, who borrowed it, when, for how long, and so on.

Check your sign-out sheet every week to ensure the location of your items. Don’t forget to mark down when someone returns an item.

Clean up after every crafting session.

The easiest way to keep things organized is to tidy up on a regular basis.

Be sure to put back whatever tools you used at the end of each work/crafting session.

Wash brushes, clean and replace caps and lids on bottles, replace your tools in the tool box, put beads back into jars, wrap up fabric, pack up your sewing machine, store containers on shelves, wipe down your work area, push your chair or stool under the table, and so on.

How about you? Do you have a craft room or craft area in your home? Which tips are you going to follow in future? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!

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2 Responses

  1. Valerie

    I haven’t had much time for crafts, lately, but like your suggestions for keeping a craft room organized. I’m saving low profile shipping boxes, covering them in cloth or colorful paper, then sealing the newly “decoupaged” surfaces. With a pretty label, the boxes are ideal for easy access storage for my paints, clays, and other components.

    My next challenge? being sure to clean-up after each session!

    Thanks for the added ideas!

    • Rashelle

      Sounds like you’ve got a great DIY storage project. You’re quite welcome!