Monday, January 18, 2010

Organization and storage ideas

One of the biggest challenges for crafters is the organization of all our crafting material and supplies. For me the challenge is much bigger, because I don't have an extra room to use as a working room and I must find ways to keep all my stuff organized and the home tidy as mush as I can. I use a trunk which is filled with whatever you can think of, wrapping and packaging supplies, fabrics, flosses, half-done projects and other things.I also have a beautiful drawer, where I keep all my supplies, felt roving, buttons, ribbons, beads, jewelry finding ans all sort of stuff. In the living room, under the table and where ever there is room, I have baskets and boxes from IKEA filled with yarn and knitting tools

Ikea has many cheep storage solutions, like boxes, racks etc

And of cource Etsy is a great source for storage too:
turquoiseshed, thebrokenhouse, usacreations, knitonebeadtwo, creativevisions207, EcoChicHandKnits, funkyart08, PALEOLOCHICHomeDecor,SashaSews, PippsPurses, thekeepershouse, HappyGirlzDesigns, polkadotsandblooms, sewingmomma, shanineal

BHG has also some very clever tips for organizing crafts:

Recycle a plank into as a shelf that can hold vintage tins for brushes and paints. Attach a wire hanger beneath the plank to hold galvanized buckets filled with smaller supplies.

You can use an under-the-shelf wine and stemware rack to store pencils, markers, pens, and brushes, while ink pads can be stashed on the stemware rack.

Keep gift wrap and crafts supplies organized with a wire shower caddy. Hang one for wrapping supplies and a second one for crafting supplies.

Pegboard is perfect for holding crafts supplies. Cut pegboard to the desired size and frame it with molding pieces found at a hardware store. Paint the entire piece, let dry, and hang it above your workstation. Hooks for pegboards come in various shapes and sizes, so select ones that will easily hold the items you plan to store.

Vintage and flea market finds are great additions to any craft room. This medical cart, repurposed as a crafting spot, is perfect for organizing supplies. Pencils, pens, and paints in bunches add graphic impact.

Shoe and sweater organizers are perfect for storing fabric. The small cubbies let you stash rolled batting, fusible web, stabilizer, freezer paper, and more.

A hanging canvas shoe organizer, suspended from clip-on curtain rings, functions as a window treatment and art supply storage. The pocket depth is perfect for pens and pencils, paintbrushes, and notepads of various sizes.

Everythingetsy has discovered these super handy ribbon rings:

For ribbons I have also found this cool dispenser at bestcraftorganizer:

And finally there is an open pool at flickr with lots of pictures of crafters' rooms and spaces to get inspiration!
Happy organizing :)

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