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Organizing my craft room

Craft1_4I have always been interested in crafts and projects from painting, to scrapbooking to jewelry-making.   Over the years, I have struggled with what to do with all the "stuff" that amassed out of my hobbies.   In my first small apartment, I kept it in rolling underbed boxes (Rubbermaid of course), but it still required a bit of effort to pull all of my supplies out to get started.  In turn, I found I worked on my paintings and crafts less because I didn’t want the hassle of pulling all the supplies out.

Craft3One of the big selling points in my new home was an extra bedroom that was an ideal space for a "project room". How exciting to  finally have a space where I could work on things bit-by-bit and have a home for my stuff!!

The first step was a large project table.  My stepfather built a simple table out of an old door that works beautifully.   Next, I built custom bookshelves to keep my day to day items close to the project table.

Another idea I saw in a magazine was to take an old shutter to organize paperwork.  It has been easy to keep up with wedding invitations, tickets for upcoming show, etc. in a quick and easy place.

Because the room had a larger walk-in clothes closet, I converted the space once used for hanging clothes to a supply room.

Craft4Clear drawers became a dresser to organize larger "projects" .  Painting simple designs on foam board created a more fun feel and the labels made everything easier to find.

In the remaining part of the closet, I used Rubbermaid Homefree Closet system to create rows of shelving to house my favorite size Rubbermaid totes – the mini 3 gallon.   Homefree is really easy to install and change based on your needs so I was pleased with how I could customize the spacing for my totes.  Also, when I am selling the house, it will be easy to convert it back to a clothes closet (not sure if the new homeowners will be wild about art as I am).

All in all, it has been great to have everything in once place and I have found myself more inspired to pull out projects on a random Saturday or to finish things quickly!  If anyone has any idea for other ways I can organize, just let me know!

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3 Responses to Organizing my craft room

  1. Scrap Box March 19, 2009 at 1:37 am #

    Wow, an excellent idea to store items in craft room, I definitely would follow this pattern and style

  2. lauren November 12, 2008 at 8:28 am #

    Thanks, Pam!! That is a really good idea! I am yet to have children yet, but will remember this tip for the future and also share with friends!

  3. Pam B November 11, 2008 at 9:42 am #

    I, too, love containers on shelves with labels for organizing stuff. When my kids were little and not reading yet, I used to take pictures of what belonged in each bin and box so they could easily figure out what went where. If you share your craft room with little ones, this may be an easy way to get them involved in keeping the clutter under control.

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