Happy Birthday to my little blog-My Favorite Finds! As with any birthday party, the guests totally make it fun. That’s why I have a huge list of blogger friends lined up for your reading enjoyment!
I’m so excited to help Carrie celebrate the 1st birthday of My Favorite Finds!! I’m Lisa, the craft-loving blogger behind Lisa’s Craft Blog and I’m going to share my favorite craft area organizing techniques with you!!
When developing an organizational method for my addiction…err…craft supplies, I needed…
(2) to squeeze a lot of supplies into a small area
(3) to be able to find everything when it was completed
I really thought it would be impossible to get everything I wanted, but it wasn’t!!
Note: I did NOT follow these steps when organizing my craft area, but I really wish I had!! However, as they say, hindsight is 20/20 and this is how I wish I’d gone about the process.
This is probably one of the hardest steps in the organizing process, but it really is necessary!! You need to seriously question if you actually need each item and whether or not you will really use it. When organizing my area, I literally gave away and/or threw away a total of 1/3 of my craft “stuff”!!
Try to answer these questions:
(1) How much space will everything take up once it’s organized and where is it going to go? If you don’t have room for everything then you need to revisit Step 1!
(2) What catagories can I divide my supplies into? Come up with 3-5 big categories such as “Paper-crafting”, “Fiber Arts”, “Beading”, etc.
(3) How much can I afford to spend on shelving, containers, etc.? You may have to be resourceful when purchasing or even making these supplies.
You’ll need the following materials:
(1) Shelving Unit(s): Industrial plastic units like those in my photos below are less than $35 at your local hardware superstore.
(2) Plastic Shoe Bins: These are only $1 each and are available at your local dollar store. Purchase enough to fill your shelving units (minus the space you’d need for larger bins like scrapbook containers, etc.).
(3) Zip Lock Bags: Having these handy little bags in various sizes will seem like a god-send later on!!
Separate all of your supplies into the 3-5 categories you came up with earlier. For the time being you will probably want to just put them into larger boxes rather than the plastic shoe bins.
Tackle one category at a time!! Start by determining how each category can be divided into smaller groupings. For example, “Beading” can be split into beads, findings, stringing materials, etc. Put these groupings into individual plastic shoe bins.
Using your zip lock baggies, sort each bin into parts. Using the “Beading” category example, you can divide the findings into caps, spacers, jump & split rings, head & eye pins, etc. Put each of these into a seperate baggie and place back into the shoe bin.
Using a label maker (a permanent marker works fine too), label each bin and shelf too!! This will help tremendously when it comes time to actually find the supplies you’ve organized!!
Sit back and make some crafty goodies!! Just remember to put things back when you’re done!!
Even though there are still some boxes left to go through, here’s what my area looks like today…
Thanks so much for checking out my guest post and I really hope you’re inspired to organize, or reorganize, your craft area and supplies!!