Those magical moments when you get to disappear into your craft room should feel nothing but soothing - a chance to while away the hours doing what you love and create beautiful things.
But, without the right organisation in place, it can feel like chaos, which is a tricky space in which to feel inspired. Keeping crafting supplies tidy can become a real problem for some.
Just because you are naturally creative, doesn't necessarily mean you are naturally organised; in fact, some may say it's quite the opposite!! Here are 10 clever ways to make your craft room the organised space it needs to be to get your creative juices flowing with ease.
1. Transform a closet space into a craft room
If you are struggling with limited space in your home and there is no one room that you can designate towards crafting, then consider turning one of your closets into a crafting area instead.
You can install an inbuilt desk, shelving and other organisational features to create a neat and tidy crafting space that still accommodates your needs. Make sure to utilise all of the vertical space within the closet, using bins on any higher shelving you install.
Then, when you're finished crafting, you can close the doors and use the room it's within for other purposes.
2. Install multiple shelving units
If you're fully renovating a space or designing a craft room from scratch, the renovation experts at Houseace advise that you first empty the space completely, then choose a wall that is best dedicated to both open and closed storage and shelving units.
This will enable you to organise all of your supplies in one place and frees up the rest of the room for the crafting itself. Open shelving spots can be filled with more decorative supplies, while the closed sections can be used to hide away any items that are less visually pleasing.
3. Label baskets for spacious storage
Crafting rooms needn't be monotonous or ugly in appearance. Most people enjoy their design best when it is in keeping with the rest of the home's decor. For example, if the rest of your home has a more rustic, natural feel, consider organizing your supplies in labeled wicker baskets.
4. Repurpose dining room furniture
For a more elegantly designed craft room, consider repurposing an old china cabinet or dining room hutch to use for craft supply storage. You could stain or paint the cabinet to match the theme of your craft room's decor, and use baskets and other containers to keep your supply items neat and tidy inside it.
If the cabinet features any drawers, organise any supplies, such as paintbrushes or pens, using drawer dividers.
5. Use separate containers for different supplies
This may sound obvious, but it's a safe bet that many craft rooms the world over currently feature drawers and boxes filled with a confusing mixture of craft tools, fabrics, glues, and more.
For optimal organisation, consider grabbing separate containers for each type of craft supply or tool that you use. For example, instead of storing coloured pencils and markers together, give them each their own tub or jar. This will make it much easier for you to find just what you need when you're in your creative zone.
6. Hang swinging storage shelving
If you have a lot of smaller items that you need to organise and have readily available, consider hanging a swinging storage unit. These units are typically almost as tall as the room itself, are hung on hinges from the wall, and have wheels underneath to allow you to easily swing them back and forth to access the rows of shelving on each side.
They can also double up as a handy room partition if needed, which could section off your crafting space from the remainder of a larger room.
7. Fix storage bins to the wall
Hanging or otherwise fixing storage bins to the wall can be an effective way to keep your supplies organised and easily accessible. Purchase some metal storage bins - of varying sizes if preferred - and screw them to a sheet of wood and fix it on the wall. You may want to tilt them up slightly to avoid things falling out onto the floor.
8. Add some rolling storage
A rolling storage unit, such as a kitchen or bar cart, can add a super handy organisational element to your craft space. Use it to store frequently needed supplies, or perhaps all of the necessary supplies for a particular type of project
Then, instead of having to gather a variety of supplies from different places, you can simply wheel your cart up next to your crafting space.
9. Create a fabric filing cabinet
It is so easy for fabric to become disorganised, often ending up scattered around a craft room. If this occurs often, consider creating a cabinet space to file fabric away. You can reface the exterior of the cabinet to match the room's decor, and store your fabric away in file folders, organised according to colours and patterns, or whatever makes the most sense to you.
10. Use pegboards for a handy vertical storage solution
Pegboards are a great way to keep supplies organised, and they can be decoratively displayed, too. To make a feature of them, consider painting them in a colour that compliments your craft space. You could even frame the whole board and use smaller frames to further section off differing groups of your creative supplies.