“Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work.”
– Gustave Flaubert
I don’t know about you, but when I get bitten by the inspiration bug, it helps if I actually have a space in which to explore that creativity. My Ready Room (that’s the name I use for my office/craft/sewing room because I’m a giant Star Trek nerd) tends to fall into Chaos throughout the week as I work on projects and don’t always put things away immediately. Lately I’ve been really wanting to give the whole room a make-over, because I can’t put everything in its place if I don’t actually have a place for everything. In my quest for the Ultimate Creative Space, I’ve found some pretty great ideas for organizing craft supplies, so I thought I’d take a minute to share them with the rest of you.
Tips for Organizing Craft Supplies
1. Go shopping in your kitchen.
If you buy food at a grocery store, then chances are you’ve got built-in storage solutions right there in your pantry. Don’t throw away your food containers – give them a new life! You can use them as they are or spruce them up a little bit so they’ll add to the inspiration in your space. (Tip: Make sure you thoroughly wash and dry them before you begin so they’ll be free of food residue.) Use colorful contact paper or scrap booking paper and decoupage glue to decorate cylindrical containers like coffee cans, pickle jars and oatmeal canisters. The result will be something like this animal-print creation from Crafting Rebellion:
This same process can be useful to turn cereal boxes into magazine holders, too. Take upcycling to a fashionable new level and organize your space at the same time.
2. Find Functional Furnishings.
If there’s a piece of furniture in your house (or your mom’s house, or grandma’s attic) that doesn’t get a lot of regular use, give it a new job to do. Dressers and bookshelves are particularly useful for storing craft supplies. If the furniture finish has seen better days, give it a new coat of paint to make it more colorful and fun. Tonia from The Gunny Sack even used chalkboard paint on her old dresser so she’d always know what it was hiding inside those drawers:
If you’re using a bookshelf instead, it can be the perfect place to store all those oatmeal cartons and coffee cans you just redecorated in step one.
3. Shop for a Bargain.
If you don’t have any storage solutions lying around your house, go shopping with a bargain in mind. If you can time it right, shop during back-to-school sales; there are a lot of storage supplies that go on sale when college students are getting ready to stock their dorm rooms. Bargain shops like dollar stores and thrift stores will be full of random small containers and baskets at any time of the year; put them to good use holding smaller supplies like ribbons, stickers, or buttons. Purchase plastic drawer storage organizers from a mass retailer to separate writing utensils.
A hanging over-the-door shoe organizer like this one can hold all kinds of supplies, from scissors to yarn. The clear plastic pockets make it easy to see what’s inside each one, and if you don’t have a door you can just use hooks on the wall to hang them anywhere:
A hanging organizer like this one is a great way to store flat supplies, like fabric fat quarters or yardage or scrap booking papers. As a bonus, you can hide it away in a closet to keep your main rooms free of crafty supplies.
With a little creative thinking, I think I’ll be able to reorganize my working space and make my Ready Room ready for anything that comes my way. Do you have any tips to share with me for creative storage solutions? Leave me a comment and let me know!