Tips and tricks for storing all your craft supplies

If your family loves crafts as much as the kiddos I’ve worked with over the years, you’ve probably accumulated a lot of random craft materials over the years. So, what do you do with all of the craft supplies and how can you keep your craft room organized?

Exactly which storage solution works best for you will depend on your space, but we’ve got a few tips and tricks to help keep your craft room organized. If you have a large space, you may want to consider using shelves or cabinets to keep your supplies organized. But, if you have a small space, you may need to be more creative with your storage.

Tips for keeping your craft room organized

We’ll talk more about storage solutions to help store things in your craft space later in this article, but let’s get started with 5 organizational tips:

1. Have a designated craft space

Make sure to have a designated space for your craft room or even just designated craft drawers. While having a walk-in craft closet is the DIY’ers dream, not all of us have an entire room to give up for crafting. Whatever space you have, from a craft room to a craft cabinet, having a designated space will help you keep the area more organized and prevent items from getting lost.

2. Use storage containers and baskets to organize your crafting supplies

Regardless of exactly where everything gets stored, using containers and baskets will be super helpful for keeping like items together. This lets you find things quickly and helps you keep everything neatly stored away.

3. Label everything

When it comes to organization ideas, labeling is one of my go-to’s. This way, you know where everything is (and people using your craft supplies will too). Also, if you’re in a rush, having things labeled will save you time otherwise spent searching through a pile of supplies.

4. Invest in some good quality storage solutions

If you’re someone who crafts a lot, you likely spend a ton of time in your craft room. Investing in good-quality shelving units, a craft table, or built-in storage solutions will help a ton with craft room organization. By buying large furniture pieces that are designed for craft storage, you can keep all your supplies in one place and have a beautiful creative space.

5. Keep your work surface clear and clutter-free

Keeping your workspace clear and clutter-free not only helps you stay focused on your project, but it can boost productivity too. We’ll discuss this one more below!

Benefits of keeping an organized craft storage room

Aside from the obvious benefits of being able to quickly find what you need and not feeling overwhelmed in your craft room, here are two more important reasons for organizing:

Productivity

As mentioned, keeping your craft room tidy helps boost productivity. Without stuff all over your desk or all your items in the same overcrowded bin, you can focus better and get a lot more done.

This is especially true of small spaces, where having even a few things out of place can make things overwhelming. If you want to read about the other productivity-boosting benefits of keeping a tidy workspace, check out this article by Carl Pullein.

Mental health benefits

Craft room organization is about more than just being productive. Creating an environment that is uplifting and relaxing can do more than just leave you feeling inspired… It can help your mental health, too!

Painted Brain, a community-based mental health organization, has identified 5 mental health benefits of keeping a clean and organized workspace:

  1. Improved concentration
  2. Increased productivity
  3. Enhanced mood
  4. Reduced stress
  5. Heightened positivity

Ideas for craft room organization

You can use a variety of different methods to organize your craft room. One way is to use bins or baskets to store all of your materials. Another way to organize your craft room is by using shelves to create more space and keep things in reach. Lastly, you could try using a pegboard for vertical organization.

Using bins and baskets

If you’re anything like me, your crafting supplies are constantly growing and becoming more unorganized. I am so guilty of keeping things like empty applesauce containers or wrapping paper ends “just in case I need them later.” I’m also saving them from the garbage, okay?

One way to help keep everything in its place is by using bins and baskets for storage. This way, you can easily grab whatever you need without having to search through a pile of supplies.

Here are some tips on how to use bins and baskets for craft storage organization:

1. Label each bin or basket with its contents. This will save you a lot of time when you’re looking for something specific.

2. Store similar items together. For example, put all of your yarn in one bin and all of your fabric in another.

3. Use clear bins or baskets so that you can easily see what’s inside. Or, if you prefer matching bins (trust me, I get it), put some labels on the front so you can easily read them.

4. Invest in some good-quality bins and baskets that will last for years. Years ago, I went to the dollar store to get bins to cheaply organize my craft supplies. Within a few years, they were beginning to disintegrate. Looking back, I would have spent the extra dollars to save the headache of re-organizing and cleaning that mess. If you’re on a tight budget, try buying bins in bulk!

5. Don’t forget to leave some empty space in each bin or basket so that you can easily add new items as you acquire them. It can be tempting to fill them straight away! As you organize, be honest with yourself – Will you really use those tissue-paper scraps you’ve been saving for years? It may be time to let them go!

Using shelves for craft storage organization

Shelves are another great way to organize your craft supplies. You can use them to store everything from yarn and fabric to paint and paper. By using shelves, you can keep your craft supplies organized and easy to find, and take advantage of any vertical space you may have.

On the shelves, I’m a fan of using jars to organize small items. You can easily see what’s inside, but the items are all kept together neatly. You could also use some of those bins and baskets we mentioned earlier!

Much like with bins, I suggest keeping like items together to save you time looking for what you need. For example, create a paint shelf with your paintbrushes, paints, and canvas’ together.

Using a pegboard for craft storage organization

Using a pegboard for craft storage organization is an excellent way to keep your crafting area tidy and organized. By hanging a pegboard on the wall, you can easily see all of your supplies and tools at a glance, and decide what you need to use for your next project. Plus, it’s easy to add or remove materials from the pegboard as you need them, so you can always have exactly what you need on hand. And if you ever need to move your pegboard around, it’s easy to do so since it only requires a few screws to mount.

If you’re not familiar with how to use a pegboard, here’s a quick overview. Pegboards are usually made of wood or plastic, and have a series of evenly spaced holes drilled into them. You can then use pegs or hooks to hang different items from the board, such as baskets, bottles, or boxes. This makes it easy to grab what you need without having to search through a cluttered crafting area.

If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to use a pegboard for craft storage, check out the following ideas.

1. Use jars or small containers to store small items like buttons, beads, or sequins. Then, put them in a basket and hang it from the pegboard using pegs or hooks. This way, you can easily see everything that’s inside and grab what you need without having to dump everything out.

2. Store larger items like scissors, paintbrushes, or rolls of ribbon in boxes or bins that hang from the pegboard. If you use an item daily, there’s no harm in giving it its own hook. But, if you don’t use them every day then hanging them in a basket will make things look tidy when the items are not in use.

3. Use hooks to hang things like aprons, smocks, or dust masks from the pegboard. This way, they’ll be within easy reach when you need them. Plus, they’ll be better-taken care of when hanging than if they were stuffed in a drawer.

4. If you have a lot of small items that you need to store, consider using magnetic containers. You could glue magnets to the pegboard for individual containers or get a magnetic tape roll and cut it down to size.

As you can see, there are lots of different ways that you can use a pegboard for craft storage. By hanging a pegboard on the wall, you can easily see all of your supplies and tools at a glance, and decide what you need to use for your next project. Plus, they can help decorate your craft space in a practical way!

Another bonus? It’s easy to add or remove materials from the pegboard as you need them, so you can always have exactly what you need on hand.

Additional tips for craft room storage

Get creative!

Creativity does not have to be limited to your craft projects! By using your creativity, you can come up with crafting solutions that help maximize what you already have to keep things neat. For example, use a hanging shoe organizer to store ribbons and other long, skinny items. Nobody says you have to stick to bins and baskets!

Use jars for small items

Use mason jars or other similar containers to store things like buttons, beads, and other small items that tend to get lost easily.

Vertical storage

This is especially important if you have a small space, but take advantage of vertical storage options! Having things easy access is important, too. You could either use a wall-mounted peg board or get a nice-looking storage cabinet to give you more storage.

Conclusion

We hope that you’ve found some craft room storage solutions in this article! If you’re on a budget, you likely won’t be revamping your entire craft room. But, with a little bit of planning and effort, you can easily get your craft room storage under control. Keep your eyes out on local buy and sells for practical storage solutions that fit your room’s decor.

By using storage baskets, using shelves, pegboards, and creative organizing solutions, you can create a craft room that leaves you feeling inspired and creative. Plus, you can boost your productivity and improve your mental health, too!

Elke Crosson

Elke Crosson has her BA in International Relations with a minor in Spanish at UBC (Okanagan). She is currently in her second year of the Master of Teaching program at the University of Toronto, with dreams of becoming an elementary-level teacher.

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