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A Clever Way to Organize Craft Supplies

By craftyamy |

A lot of crafters and designers don’t think of their “stuff” as tools – I’m always calling what I used to make crafts my “supplies.” But the truth is, these items I use for creating projects are definitely tools! I have been thinking abut unique ways to organize my crafting tools . . . because sometimes the plastic bins just don’t fit the bill. On a recent visit to The Home Depot, I purchased a tool box and tool bag and turned them into functional craft item store. Click through to see how I did it.

This will give you just a bit of a taste of what I was dealing with to start. A huge pile of crap on my desk as well as two large bags of more crap that I had purchase (and just shoved into said bags). There is also jewelry that you don’t see here. My ideal solution was to use medium sized containers that were stackable and not too expensive.

That is when I found these 16 qt. Sterlite containers at Home Depot – $5.88 for TWO. Stackable, durable and not too expensive. I bought three sets for a total of $17.64 before tax (under $20 with tax!).

I liked that my jewelry containers fit into these containers easily. There was room around the side for me to tuck extra that wouldn’t fit into the smaller containers, so now it’s all in one place. Have you heard of organizing organizing containers? No? Well, you have now.

The best part? With all of that stuff that you saw, I only filled four bins. So now I have two more left over to fill. Yay! That is every crafter’s dream – more space to fill. Can you believe I cleaned up my mess for less than 20 bucks? Not everything is off of the desk, but some of it I wanted to leave on display – most of the rest is in these bins! I’m so impressed.

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About craftyamy



Amy Anderson is a crafty, DIY kind of girl who lives in Atlanta with her pug. She writes for Babble Home, and her work has appeared on Design Sponge as well as in Woman's Day and The Huffington Post. Read bio and latest posts → Read craftyamy's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “A Clever Way to Organize Craft Supplies

  1. c alvarez says:

    i actually know a few designers who swear by tool boxes for storing their supplies. it’s really not a bad idea, and they’re way sturdier than cheap plastic tubs.

  2. Alix says:

    Such a good idea. And these are probably soo much stronger than some of those containers made just for crafts.

  3. edna says:

    Wow, I never thought of this. My crafts are all in plastic bags.

  4. Just Heather says:

    I read this post the other day and just bought a Husky tool box for my craft supplies. Actually, I bought 2. One for crafting, one for sewing. Now I just have to go through the utter mess that is my craft closet to sort it all out.

  5. SunnyChanel says:

    Cool. my craft supplies are all here, there and everywhere. I totally need to tame them, and a tackle box may just be the thing to do it. Thanks for the tip!

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