Craft room organization is essential, yet sometimes hard to accomplish. After all, being a crafty Creative doesn’t usually go hand in hand with being neat and tidy! Nevertheless, I have had some craft space ever since I started working as a crafter back in 2012 and have gathered a few craft room organization hacks along the way.
From a dining room table to a cramped office nook, I have managed to make my ideas come to life in a small or disorganized space. But, when I finally got into a larger room in our new home (my craft loft), I discovered that I still felt cramped and dysfunctional in my work area.
My epiphany? If you don’t have a well-organized, thought-out craft space, your creativity may feel chaotic, and your productivity may suffer.
How To Start Organizing Your Craft Room
One of the biggest things I did in this challenge was eliminate the unnecessary clutter. I know as creative people, it’s hard to declutter your supplies, but it helps make room for fresh ideas! If the item I am looking at doesn’t have a clear purpose, brings me inspiration, or doesn’t entirely work, then out it goes!
The second thing I did to organize my craft room was to pick out some amazing craft storage units (this is key). My craft storage solutions page details storage furniture items with links on where to buy storage units for large or small craft room organization.
That’s why I decided to excavate my craft room completely, and you can too with my 3-Day Craft Room Organization Challenge, which I will tell you more about at the end! Please keep reading for more pictures of my craft space and find out my favorite ideas to organize my craft room!
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Why You Need to Organize Your Craft Room
I know some of us (ahem, me) will procrastinate when faced with the challenge to completely revolutionize their craft space. So before I show you my before and after pictures, I want to tell you what I discovered when I took the time to do this.
When I say find inspiration, I mean this both metaphorically and literally. There were so many buried supplies that I discovered in this clean-out process. After buying supplies and tossing them in the closet, I had forgotten all the inspiring projects I had planned to make.
In addition to that, I also found myself brainstorming new projects with old or leftover supplies, which I had abandoned to the glitter-covered, twine-knotted stuff bottom drawers of my space.
Arranging your craft stockpile will SAVE YOU MONEY! Who else here plans a project and writes out what they need to buy at the craft store only to discover that you already had some of the supplies later on? Or maybe you know you have a supply on hand but you can’t manage to find it, so you just go buy more and thus increase your cluttered space.
And repeat…till we look like an episode of Hoarders…
I know I’m not alone here, ya’ll! So trust me, the time you need to take to clear this space will pay you back in craft supplies!
Whether you are just a hobbyist or a craft business owner like myself, your efficiency will increase immensely when your craft room is organized. You will produce better projects and feel more productive when you aren’t wasting time digging around for supplies or dealing with noisy clutter.
Organizing My Craft Room: The Before Pictures
So what was my craft room like before my craft room organization challenge? Kind of a cross between the Upside Down (from Stranger Things) meets the chaos of a Black Friday sale at Michael’s craft store! As much as I don’t want to share the before pictures, here are a few for us to cry over together. 😉
To be fair, I did have a bunch of boxes for my new organizational storage in a way that normally wasn’t present. Nevertheless, if you wonder how to organize a craft room, these “before” pictures are examples of how NOT to do it.
Why yes, those are old blinds hanging from the 1980s… yuck!
Organizing My Craft Room: After (First Evolution 2018)
Alright, that was painful. Now let me show you what it looks like after my 3 days of working at my craft room organization!
Yes, I hear the angels singing too in this image. I decided I needed to create a clean clutter-free workspace (my desk), a photography space, ample craft storage space (which I obviously lacked before), AND a filming space for my face-to-face videos. Plus, I added a colored accent wall in a shade of turquoise, which is one of my favorite colors and it really made the room pop!
Update: my turquoise wall got replaced by a fun polka-dot wall!
Mission accomplished! Now when I am crafting, I stand at my desk, where I have easy access to my Cricut as well as a pegboard with my commonly used tools and embellishments.
Organizing My Craft Room: After (Second Evolution 2021)
Like I said, my craft space is ALWAYS changing. I continually update my craft room organization as my needs and interests change. Take a look below to see how many of my organization solutions can help your craft room go from supply chaos to controlled creative space!
I like to keep one area of my space dedicated to sewing. So I made a desk using a flat board for the top and cube storage shelves as support. I also utilized vertical space to keep my small sewing supplies organized.
You’ll see that my craft room organization includes one wall of storage units. The organizational pieces of furniture include a shelving unit and multiple rolling carts with drawers, shelves, and tabletops. The bookcase includes magazine holders, which I use to sort my vinyl for easy access.
I can’t recommend pegboards enough. No matter how big or small, any craft space can be more organized and efficient by utilizing vertical space. All your tools, beads, and small embellishments can be organized and hung on a pegboard.
Like pegboards, wall organizers like shelves and small bins are essential for decluttering your craft room space. An organized, clean workspace makes your project time more efficient and saves you money. You will know exactly what you already have and what you need, and you will be able to find supplies without losing your flow. More importantly, decluttering and organizing will inspire creativity and keep crafting joyful. So enjoy your new neat and tidy craft room!
Join My 3-Day Craft Room Organization Challenge!
I’d love for you to take my 3-day craft room challenge! I will help you sort through your stash contained in all those spilling-over shelves and hard-to-open overflowing drawers. Believe me, I know what it’s like to be disorganized!
I will walk you through the process of my craft room organization, how to determine what to keep and what to get rid of, as well as give you my set of free craft room stock printables to help you keep track of all your supplies. Oh, and a bonus project planner is included and access to my Freebies Vault as well! Pop your details in the form below.
The purpose of this challenge is not only about decluttering your craft room, but also to know what you have on hand at all times so you can save money and create all those ideas you have without getting bogged down by the mess around you!
I designed a full craft room stock printable binder, so you always know what you have on hand. It helps you take stock of the most common craft room items such as ribbons, fabric, paper, art supplies, embellishments, vinyl, yarn, and more! As an added bonus I also include a project planner and some craft room labels!
I hope this will help you gather inspiration for your craft room organization! If you want to learn more about what I create in my space check out my favorite paper flower projects here! Tell me below in the comments what your favorite part of this craft room organization is?
Hey, Crafty bestie! I’m Abbi!
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