I am not ashamed to admit, when it comes to having space, I am incredibly spoiled; I have a sewing center and a craft room. However, that hasn’t always been the case. Military moves have often left me cramming all my stuff (translation, way too many hobbies) into tiny spaces, small bedrooms, and even just the corner of a room. I’ve struggled with craft chaos: piles of fabric, lost scissors, and overall excess. I’ve also learned some cool tips to keep things organized.
- Labels, labels, labels. Everything. Especially if you containerize! How many baskets would you have to dig though for a specific tool or supply if they were labeled?
- Keeping like things together. My quilting supplies are with my quilting supplies. Paper crafts are located together. Baby girl fabric is stored in a separate bankers box than baby boy fabric!
- See through containers make assessing the contents easier.
- Think outside the box. One of my favorite organizing tips is using pizza boxes. I flip them inside out so they are plain brown and they are the perfect depth to store the multitude of rubber stamps I own. Each box is labeled and they stack so nicely in my cabinet.
- If you are like me, you have many projects going on at any one time. I have quilt squares, gifts in progress, orders for our business, and presents for the kids all in various stages of completion. I try -TRY- to keep them contained. A container for each work in process. Pizza boxes are great for many of these; beading, quilt pieces, doll parts.
- Use your supplies to add life and color to your space. My buttons are stored in lined up mason jars by color. Bright, beautiful colors. (confession, I love buttons and when Joann’s put their novelty buttons on sale, I spend way too much money). Tons of vivid threads are stored on a rack on the wall. And my cubbies are filled with one of my favorite storage solutions, banker boxes. Colorful boxes! Labeled!
Yes, I still have many days I can’t find my cutting table under the pile of fabric and I scream and yell when I can’t find a certain pair of scissors. And I continue to improve upon my organization and my bad habits. Someday, I hope it all clicks and my creative space stays neat and tidy. I doubt that will ever happen but I’ll be happy making headway!