Glitter is great for adding a little pizazz to any sort of project, but there’s one big problem with it it gets everywhere! Really though, it’s the same with most craft supplies. Loose threads somehow wind up on my dinner plates, fabric scraps get attached to my clothes, and my kittens toss balls of yarn down the stairs. Although I have a craft space, my crafting has a tendency to migrate around the house in a matter of minutes, and that’s not even including the kids’ crafts. Sound familiar?
No matter what the size of your craft space is, keeping it neat and tidy can be a challenge. Here are 10 tips that have come in handy for me to help keep a cozy craft space organized and inspiring.
1. Use Craft Supplies as Decor
The nice thing about crafting supplies is that they are usually very pretty and can double as decor. Arrange jars of buttons and spools of thread in thoughtful displays rather than stashing them in bins. Have fun with the colors of ribbon, and use spools of them to brighten up a wall.
2. Clean As You Go
This is one rule that many are guilty of ignoring (especially myself!). My craft time is valuable, so clean-up isn’t always the priority. But if you think about the time spent looking for misplaced supplies, it surely outweighs the time spent tidying up. As a bonus, the space would look lovely and inviting all the time.
3. Hide it Away
Make a curtain that can cover up your craft space when you are not using it. Hiding the mess can make things so much cleaner. My crafting partner-in-crime, Jaime, used pleated drapes to section off her craft space.
4. Hang Jars for Extra Storage
Secure jar tops to the bottom of cabinets, by either nailing or gluing them. Fill the jars with paper clips, thread , confetti or anything else. Once filled, add the jars to the tops and you have so much more storage space.
5. Save by Making Upcycled Organizers
A great way to keep things tidy is to be organized. Instead of spending money on overpriced desk organizers, try making these upcycled ones out of cans and tins. Not only will your craft space be decluttered, but it will be adorable too.
6. Label Everything
Label, label, label. Labels can seriously make your life so much easier. I’ve had the kids help me make labels to use, and I’ve done everything from writing descriptive words to taking polaroids of what is inside. Don’t waste your precious craft time searching for things — create labels for everything.
7. Give Everything a Home
This tip goes along with label-making — make sure to have a home for all of your crafting tools, papers, unfinished projects, and anything else you can think of. Plastic shoe bins can work great for this kind of thing. Items can very easily start to pile up on your desk, making it look cluttered.
8. Furniture Can Have Form and Function
Space is usually limited in craft rooms, so use furniture to your benefit. Use a wooden wine cabinet to store yarn. Flip a bookshelf on its side and use it as a giant cutting board and fabric storage space.
9. Take Advantage of All Your Space
Sometimes great storage is right in front of our eyes, and we don’t even know it. Work with the space you have, even if that means using all your wall space up to the ceiling. Put less used items on the higher shelves and most used on the bottom. If you have a small amount of closet space for crafts, use hangers for storage by hanging fabrics and patterns.
10. Be Inspired
Everyone works better with a little extra inspiration. When things are tidy and neat, I find that I do my best work and feel really great. Keep a chalkboard with a great quote that motivates you and makes keeping tidy a little easier.
Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.