Organizing Craft Supplies– Ello creative friends! I’ve been asked a few times on the blog how I organize allllllll of my crafting
crap supplies. I’m sad to say that it is my very least favorite thing to organize in our home and I think it’s because I have more stuff than room to fit it all! My dream is to have a FULL room just for my hobbies/crafts (or a large portion of a basement.) For now, I’ll do the best I can to organize what I have so I don’t buy things more than once and I always have some kind of supplies to make a craft if I’m feeling creative.
Organizing crafts is messy and I wasn’t sure exactly how to show you everything since there is SO much in such a small area. I thought numbering the shelves and describing what’s on them would be the most efficient way to show you my goods.
- Guitar amp, bag with ancient gaming consoles and my book bag with supplies from my art class a couple years ago.
- Disney puzzles, chess, hammock, basket with misc. cords and coloring books.
- Party board games, shoe boxes full of cards for Sophie, our wedding memorabilia and cards to send out, Smash Book basket (whatever current Smash book I’m working on has all supplies in there for easy access), sewing machine with incomplete cover, computer/photo paper in magazine folder, and large paper cutter.
- Tote filled with fun crafts (buttons, pipe cleaners, friendship string, heat beads), tote of punches, glue gun and embossing gun, tote of scrap book paper, magazine folder of misc. scrap book paper, a Recollections storage unit with stamps in the left drawer and stickers on the right, a photo album of my plant tags, twine and a 3 hole punch.
- This is the insane part. The floor holds fabric for projects yet to be completed, (stockings and a blanket for Lexi) Scrabble, Rock Band drum kit, transfer paper for my Cricut, all the current scrap books/Smash books I’m working on and my Cricut (I know, I need a better place for it!)
- Rarely used games, a tote of cards and dice games and a tote of poker chips.
- Our most played games, (these get played about once/month) our camera bag and photo reflectors. Under the camera equipment sits my Dad’s tripod and a few prepped canvases for a quick craft. I like prepping canvas all at once so they have time to dry so I can get to the painting part when I’m inspired.
- This 6 cube storage unit holds a TON. On top is my massive bead box. Top left: crayons, colored pencils, markers, water color and kid scissors. Top right: ribbons and a few magazines. Middle left: acrylic paints filled to the top (my inspiration for getting this organizer b/c they were spread between 3 totes before.) Middle right: paint brushes, gesso, brush cleaner and other tools. Bottom left: tulle and small scraps of fabrics. Bottom right: sewing supplies (needles, pins, thread, quilt cutter, measuring tape, heat’n bond etc.)
While I look at this photo, the closet still looks insane and unorganized to me. I at least know where everything is and it’s easy to put away. The main thing is that the floor access to the crawl space is clear for tornado warnings!
My desk has an Alex drawer unit that holds the supplies that I use more often. I just recently bought this unit and am so happy with it because it has really long drawers and I have room to grow.
The top drawer has my favorite expandable acrylic organizer (I also have one for my makeup.) This drawer holds my paperclips that sit on top of my post-it notes. It also has my pencil sharpeners, eraser, USB stick, extra markers, lip chap, hand lotion, chalk, notebook, iPhone cable, return address stamp, ink and stamp roll.
The second drawer down is my adhesive drawer. It holds my washi tapes, embossing pad, glues, scrap book tape, magnetic tape, glue dots, floral tape and acrylic tape. My favorite adhesives, besides the beautiful washi tapes, are the Scotch glue dots and the Martha Stewart glue (in case you were wondering.) I also really love my Aleen’s scrap book tape for scrapping.
The third drawer down shows my unhealthy addiction with glitter. It also holds our True Love tin (wedding gift from my sister) containing mosaic tiles. I also have my One A Day journal (that I’ve, sadly, not written in for two years) and the Martha Steward circle cutter.
The fourth drawer is my obligatory junk drawer that has stuff that I use but don’t really have a place for. Embossing powder, extra exacto, bleach pen, fancy scissors, screwdriver, date stamp, extra ink pad, stone beads (I guess I do know where those can go…) and buttons.
The final drawer is my techy drawer because it holds extra cables, my iPhone box, headphones and my awesome Bamboo tablet that I NEEDED but have hardly used. *looks down and shakes head*
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This shot was from a couple weeks ago, before I got my new lamp and before I started trying to make a dent in my scrap book pile. I like using a laptop rather than a desktop so I can move it to the couch if we’re watching a movie or if I’m using the desk for an extensive project. The shelf up top holds my ‘no touching unless you’re Shelly’ carousel of crayons, fake plant, twine, mini 3-hole punch, tape, stacking dolls and random vase. I also have my favorite Disney princess (Ariel) and favorite musician (Trent Reznor) on the walls. You’ll also probably recognize my friendship lamp!
The area on the wall behind my computer holds the photo wire with some of my favorite memories that I often rotate. I also have a wall container unit that holds my stationary for quick thank you notes, markers, colored pencils and my favorite writing utensils. I have to admit though, my desk does not always look this empty. I clean it to this state once every couple of weeks, but usually it has some sort of project occupying at least half of the desk. Here’s what my desk looks like tonight:
My desk will remain like this until I finish ONE scrapbook. In case you were wondering, I’m working on our Disney Trips album. All in all, I know where everything is and I don’t have to make too much effort trying to get it out or put it back away, which is key in keeping things organized. I have also promised myself to not buy any more scrap booking materials until I go through half of my supplies. This is hard because I really want to see what Project Life is all about! Anyone else have a similar method or do you organize completely different? Similar messy desk syndrome at least? 😉 I’d love to hear how you organize your crafts or if you have any suggestions to help me improve my situation!