Whatever type or types of crafting that you do, and whether you are lucky enough to have a dedicated craft room or just use whichever flat surface in your home that has some space, you will have crafty stash to organize.
I will refer throughout this blog post in relation to ‘How To Organize A Craft Room’, but I will be including tips and products that will help every crafter. This is a big subject, so I will be returning to it in future blog posts.
Declutter Craft Room
The first stage in any organization project is to declutter, and then declutter more! Grab a bag for rubbish, another for recycling, a donatable container for donations (a bag or box), and something to put items in that you could sell on Facebook (Marketplace or specialist selling groups), Ebay etc.
In order to not create extra mess when decluttering, you deal with each item one by one. DO NOT EMPTY A CONTAINER OUT.
The questions to ask about each item:
- Is this obvious rubbish?
- Do I use this?
- If yes, do I have another item that fulfils the same ‘use’? If yes to this, then pick the best one and donate the other(s). For instance, do you have more than one stamping platform?
- If you are not using the item and do not have an immediate project to use it for, then donate or sell.
- If you do not like that item now (especially with older stash), then let it go.
- If you find an item that should be elsewhere, ie some stamps mixed in with your paper stash, then take them to their correct home immediately.
Use the ‘Container Method’. Everything in each category needs to fit within the container you have allocated it, ie a cube within your Ikea Kallax, or a drawer, or a storage bin. If the decluttered stash does not fit in, then go through it again. In the future, you can add to that container, but when it is full, you need to make decisions about what to keep.
As a crafter, use the Container Method to refer to your craft room or allocated craft storage. Do not allow your stash to spread into other rooms in your home or buy more storage containers. (In fact, use this for every item in your home, not just craft stash.)
Organize Craft Room
Now you will have a more manageable amount of craft stash, so you can finalise each category into suitable containers. I think most crafters will enjoy this process.
- Decide on the categories of stash that you have.
- Buy pretty matching cubes/storage bins.
- Select your favourite colours.
- Use specialist craft storage, ie trays for paper/cardstock, magnetic die storage, inkpad racks etc.
- Display some of your favourite finished projects or gifts/trades.
- Make sure you take Before & After photos.
- Everyone enjoys a Craft Room tour, so do a video for YouTube, your social media or blog.
- Make a record of what you have in each category (my Craft Journal, available on Amazon, is perfect for that).
I will be returning to this subject, including adding lists of YouTube, Pinterest and blog inspiration.
Until next time.