Organized! How to Store Your Crafts

I s your craft storage space limited? If so, you’re a lot like me. I’ve relegated all of my crafting materials into a small closet in my home, and embraced ways to organize efficiently and effectively. Keep reading to get tips on how you can take advantage of a small space, and simplify how your crafting materials and tools are stored.

Opt for Transparency

When it comes to organizing a closet for craft storage, I find that aesthetics can go out the window. Use clear or semi-transparent storage boxes to store items – it may not look as nice as using colorful boxes with lids, but it will save you time if you’re looking for a particular something. Canning jars are convenient and inexpensive too, or you can clean and recycle any glass jars for small item craft storage too.

Use Open Containers, Too

Keep the organization of everyday items easier with open containers. A pegboard with adjustable baskets is an easy solution, as is a cork board with open containers attached (like my Chinese food takeout containers). Your small items like hot glue, markers, rubber bands, magnets and loose stamps will be right at home here.

If you have shelf space, upcycle old muffin tins for smaller items.

Store Papers Vertically

Use magazine racks to store construction paper or scrapbooking paper upright. I find it easier to thumb through color options when they’re stored this way, rather than keeping papers in a stack on a shelf.

If you need space for rolls of craft paper or wrapping paper, store them on end upright in a small basket.

Label Everything

Labeling drawers and bins is a practical way of sorting products. I like to flag the bigger bins for broader storage. It has always been convenient for my family to store every roll of tape in the house in one single place, from functional clear packing tape to decorative washi.

It’s easier to keep all of my sewing materials together too, and within the bigger drawer I even have a smaller container to contain all of my sewing thread. When it’s time to do a sewing project, I can pull the main drawer out entirely, and have everything I need in one bin.

I love having a scrap drawer. A catch-all for my crafty leftovers. A place to toss that last two feet of pink yarn, that crumbled piece of tissue paper, or leftover oven-bake clay from my latest project. Best of all, the kids know that it’s free for the taking, and will help themselves. Yarn becomes a new leash for the stuffed doggie, the tissue paper is torn, crumpled, and glued onto the artful masterpiece of the weekend, and the clay is formed into a DIY necklace pendant.