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Organizing a
Craft Room or
Creative Space

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Organizing a Craft Room:

I'm a life-long crafter, hobbyist and artist. I'm always willing to try a new craft or start a new project. I think I've tried them all, carving, macrame, knitting, sewing, embroidery, needlepoint, scrapbooking, oil on canvas, even acrylics on rocks and garden edgers! My greatest joy, even as a child, was sketching, coloring or doing something creative with my heart and hands.

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If, like me, you enjoy the creative process, then you know that the area dedicated to your hobbies, crafts and art can easily become cluttered and messy. I know many subscribe to the theory "a cluttered area is the sign of a creative mind," to which I say "Baloney!!"

Clutter of any kind makes it hard to be imaginative. If mess and disorganization has taken over, you can find yourself tense, frustrated, without space to work.  You may also find that you have a lot of unfinished projects and your favorite tools become lost. You wind up wasting money buying more items to replace the ones you can't find and/or stop being creative altogether.

This page will provide you with the steps for organizing a craft room. You will be able to get your craft, hobby, art area in tip-top shape.

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Organizing a Craft Room

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Here are the steps that you need to take for organizing a craft room:

  • Gather: up all of your craft, hobby and art supplies around the room, or around your house. Place them on a table to begin the sorting process.
  • Sort: every item into piles based on the type of craft or hobby such as scrapbooking, sewing, knitting, painting, etc. Check out the items on the free stuff page. There are handy sorting tools to download and print.
  • Refine: these piles further, one at a time. Are there crafts you no longer enjoy? Are there items that are old, expired?  Remember some items, like paint, have a limited storage time. Donate craft supplies that you no longer enjoy but are still serviceable to others. Many senior centers would enjoy excess fabrics to make quilts, etc., but ask before dumping a load on them! Donate duplicate tools. You don't need duplicates! Throw away any broken tools, expired items or other things that have accumulated and are not necessary.

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  • Look: through what's left and further refine, if necessary. Continue to donate and throw away anything unusable until you are left with what you actually need and will use.
  • Take: the trash out immediately.
  • Make: your next stop the charity of your choice and drop off the items to donate. Do this before proceeding further otherwise you will have a tendency to keep everything.
  • Consider: whether you have the right type of desk, table, etc. for your crafting, hobby and art projects. If not, check online and in stores to locate functional furniture. There's no substitute for a good chair. Look for furniture items that have storage such as drawers, cubbies, etc., that suit your particular hobby, craft or artwork. Purchase and assemble any new pieces.
  • Clean: the area. This is the best time to dust, vacuum and mop the area since everything is vacant. Don't forget to clean windows.  The natural light is better for your eyes and your work.

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  • Organize: your supplies. Sort by color and type. Examples: sort fabric by color and fold them neatly over pieces of cardboard for rigidity. You can stack them in baskets or prop them up on bookshelves. Place scrapbooking supplies together.  Paper, stickers, scissors, etc. should be with like things and stored together. Sort paint by medium such as oil, acrylic, etc. and put like colors together.
  • Place: your items in containers that are easily accessible and easy to see. Clear containers are great for smaller items. Photos, etc. can be sorted and placed in boxes that are labeled such as birthdays, vacations, etc.

  • Label: everything so that you can easily find them.
  • Put: items you use often nearest your work area. Store items you use less often above or below your work area.
  • Now that you've finished organizing your craft room, you should be able to readily see and be able to find all your tools and supplies. You could even inventory the items you have on hand so you can shop more effectively and not purchase something you already own!

  • Organizing a craft room can take time, but the results will far outweigh the time and/or money spent.

    Now that you're finished, enjoy the fruits of all that hard work.

    Now go out there and create something wonderful!

    Links to Other Information

    Go to:  organizing fabrics,

    Go to: sewers organizer pattern. You can alter it to use it for knitting or crochet projects as well.

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