For some of us, there’s nothing better than a good craft session to relieve stress and clear our heads. But when we finally come down from the rush, we look around to find a complete mess. Next time, avoid the trouble by prepping your work area with these craft room organization hacks. From rolls of ribbons to piles of paint, our crafting pros share easy ideas for streamlining all your must-have supplies so you can channel your creativity chaos-free.
Round up paints in vertical baskets.
Finding the perfect paint color is as easy as storing bottles in hanging baskets, bottoms facing out, says Mandy Beyeler of SugarBeeCrafts.com. Just attach baskets to removable adhesive hooks on a wall and stack paints inside. Group together like colors to make choosing between hues easier.
Wrangle ribbon on a pants hanger.
Unfurling ribbons can turn into a tangled mess when tossed into a drawer or bin. The savvy solution: Just slide rolls of ribbon or Washi tape onto a tiered pants hanger and hang in a closet or from a hook on the side of your desk, says Karo Tries of CraftsyHacks.com. “The rungs allow you to see all of your ribbon and Washi tape at a glance, and you can easily pop out the spool in the color and pattern you need.”
Group gift wrap in a wastebasket.
A simple way to keep your wrapping paper rolls neat? Drop them into a clean, large wastebasket or hamper, suggests Beyeler. “Their tall shape keeps the rolls contained, preventing them from unraveling and allowing you to flip through your supply easily to find the perfect wrap for your present or craft project.”
Store yarn skeins in magazine files.
Keeping bundles of yarn in magazine files not only helps keep skeins organized by color, it also prevents them from tangling together so you can grab, go and get started on your next project faster, notes Beyeler. Simply line up a few files on a shelf, group yarn by color and stack skeins horizontally in each file.
Stash itty-bitty supplies in a spinning rack.
To keep tiny essentials—like beads, buttons and rubber bands—from getting lost in the shuffle, follow Tries’ lead: “I use a spinning spice rack for my tiny art supplies, separating items by colors, function and size. With a quick spin, you can find the button or bead that you need in a flash,” she notes. Bonus? It also helps you quickly spot which items need restocking!
With these craft room organization hacks, you’ll be crafting away stress-free for life.