Whether you’re a seasoned DIYer or just a beginner, exploring your creative side through seasonal or regular crafting can be pretty therapeutic. More than once, I’ve volunteered to make favors or created hand-made Christmas ornaments based on ideas I discovered on Pinterest. With countless sources of inspiration available, the whole family can get involved (and it’s a great excuse for some ME time)! Ashley and Noah have even invaded our craft drawer a number of times.
However, all those supplies can get cluttered and disorganized fairly easily and leave you with a messy craft drawer and a fierce headache even a glass of pinot noir can’t fix. If you find your craft area overflowing with supplies, like I did, it’s time to buckle down and get organized.
Below are a few of my favorite ways to use common household items to keep your supplies ready when you are:
- Hanging sweater shelf – scrapbook paper / card stock
- Recycled soup can– craft brushes and pencils
- Hanging file folder or slacks hanger – fabric storage
- Over-the-door shoe organizer – sewing notions, paints
- Tension rods or small dowel rods – ribbon and/or string
- Little drawer storage units, cupcake or muffin tin – beads, smaller items,
- Clear caddies – tape (of all kinds)
- Recycled coffee containers – kids craft supplies
- Funnels (mounted) – twine and/or yarn
- Spice racks – glitter, gems, sewing notions
- Magnetic strip – scissors
- CD/DVD rack – ink pad storage
- Café curtain rods – craft/paper punches
- Magazine holder/sleeve – cardstock and paper books
- 3-ring binder with page protectors – clear cling stamps (slide sets into pages)
- Mason Jars – pens, pencils, markers or lid can be mounted under a shelf so jar can be unscrewed open
- Clear storage container with clear lid – rubber stamps (place bottom layer with rubber facing up, top layer with rubber facing down)
Once you’ve finished crafting, you can clean up bits of scrap paper, pencil shavings, googly eyes, and any other messes with a central vacuum system that’s more powerful than a traditional push model. With a variety of quick clean accessories, workshops and craft rooms can stay cleaner than ever with very little effort.