It’s easy to accumulate craft supplies, but not as easy to find a suitable storage solution. Try these following ideas for craft organization that are both practical and stylish.
Re-Think Your Bookcase. Bookcases aren’t necessarily just for books and nick-knacks. With the help of a few shelf-size plastic crates, you can easily turn your bookshelf into a super craft storage center. The open nature and spaciousness of a standard bookshelf will make it easy to find your crafts and access them on the spur of the moment when creativity strikes.
Rolling Shelf Units. Available at major retailers and dollar stores for under $20 each, these handy plastic units with clear plastic pull out drawers are a dream-come-true for craft storage. The clear view makes it easy to spot craft supplies and the drawers offer ample room for all types of crafts. As an added bonus, the wheels make it easy to move this storage bin from room to room to create crafts when and where the mood strikes.
Storage Bins. Standard stackable Rubbermaid (and other) type storage bins are great for storing larger supplies or supplies you use seasonally. Tuck the bins in the back of the closet and remove when needed, or leave a bin in your family room, full of supplies you can work with while watching television.
Peg Board. If you like to craft with wood or other materials/tools that are peg board friendly, set up a simple peg board, hangers, and baskets in your craft room, storage room, or even in a garage for handy access to your tools and materials.
Family Room Footrest. Purchase a foot rest with a hidden compartment to store craft close at hand. No one will ever suspect you have your craft supplies hidden there and you’ll have super-easy access to your current craft project.
Fishing Tackle Box. If you are a jewelry maker or create crafts with small pieces, a fishing tackle box could be your best craft friend. With tons of tiny storage compartments and an expandable tray set-up, tackle boxes are super friendly for holding beads and other small craft pieces. Plus, they are generally less expensive than “custom” craft boxes with similar features. (Keep an eye out at yard sales and flea markets, too- you could snag a few tackle boxes for a fraction of the cost of buying new.)
Re-usable Tote Bags. It seems like every time you turn around someone is giving you a reusable tote bag for shopping. While they are a handy eco-friendly alternative at the grocery store, they also make great storage bags for quilters, knitters, and even scrap-bookers. Put your current project in a tote bag, hang it where you hang your jackets or keys, and you’ll always have your craft ready to take with you on trips or to carry to a location you’d like to work.