If you're anything like me then you know craft supplies can quickly take over your home. I'm constantly buying new supplies that I find on clearance or that spark my creativity. The problem was, they ended up being thrown in bags and boxes and I had no idea what I actually had. Sound familiar? Last year, I finally got fed up with my mess and completely transformed our unused office closet into my dream craft closet.
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Take everything out of your closet (or where you store your craft supplies) and take inventory of what you have. Do you have items that you never use? Get rid of anything old, duplicates or things that are collecting dust. There's no sense in cluttering up your space with things that you'll never use.
Group Like Items
Are there supplies that you use often? What about things you never use? Do you have a stash of paints or fabric? Gather like items and store them together for easy access. My groups are pretty simple and include categories such as spray paints, painting supplies, tools, fabric, scrapbooking, ribbon, etc. Make sure to keep your most used items as accessible as possible. You don't want to be removing boxes or bins to get to what you need.
Label, Label, Label
There's no sense in getting all your supplies grouped and organized if you don't have anything labeled. You don't have to get fancy, but make sure you have each and every bin labeled to easily locate items.
My favorite labels to use are these shelf adhesive labels by Martha Stewart. I use them a lot throughout my house to keep everything neatly organized and labeled.
Consider Mobile Storage
Do you keep your craft supplies away from where you actually craft? My craft closet is in our basement, but I always end up crafting in our garage or at the dining room table. To avoid the clutter at my table and allow for easy clean up at night, I have a basket in our upstairs hall closet that houses craft supplies. Whatever project I'm currently working on goes in the basket. When I'm all done with that particular project the supplies get put back neatly in my craft closet.
Another awesome product that I love for mobile store is the RASKOG cart from IKEA. It has so many great uses and is perfect for craft storage.