Craft Room Organization: Best Storage Ideas (+ FREE Craft Room Printables!)

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Looking for craft room organization tips? Learn how this craft room went from cluttered and disorganized to neat & tidy with my craft room organization and storage ideas.

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! I have had some sort of a craft space ever since I started working as a crafter back in 2012.

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 space 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 craft space, your creativity may feel chaotic and your productivity may suffer.

My post about craft room organization will provide tips on how to organize and store your favorite craft supplies, as well as provide free craft room printables.

One of the biggest things I did in this craft room organization challenge was to 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 fully 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).

That’s why I decided to completely excavate my craft room, and you can too with my 3 Day Craft Room Organization Challenge which I will tell you more about at the end!

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.

1. You will find inspiration

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.

2. You will SAVE money

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!

3. You will work more efficiently

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 still quite the mess!

This “before” photo shows a small shelving unit crammed with supplies. When your craft supplies are crammed on shelves and unorganized drawers, your productivity suffers.
A “before” photo of a craft room shelving unit crammed with random stacks of craft paper and old projects.
A full room picture of my craft area shows no craft storage, just craft supply chaos. Craft room organization and craft storage are vital to a creative space.

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!

An “after” photo of one corner of my creative space done in 2018. I included a paper storage and wrapping cart, a clean filming area, and I even changed the window blinds.

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!

A pegboard wall allows for customized craft room organization. You can use shelves or bins to hold smaller supplies like paint and brushes on a wall organizer.

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 layout as my needs and interests change. Take a look below and then keep reading for my favorite containers and resources!

My Favorite Craft Storage Ideas & Container Organization

1. Pegboard & Shelf Storage

A wider view of my pegboard wall organizer and shelf storage for easy access to supplies.

Pegboard Storage

My pegboard is quite easily one of my favorite editions. If you don’t have one, I highly recommend getting one! It is a HUGE space saver. I bought my pegboard at IKEA. You can also find other gorgeous pegboards of different sizes and types here!

A child sits at a crafting desk with an aqua and white small pegboard hanging on the wall to hold additional supplies.

Shelf Storage

Floating wood shelves are another perfect solution for utilizing wall space. I love to stack things like my paint organizer on my shelves near my pegboard.

Shelving units on the wall in the craft room hold glass jars full of supplies by type and a paint organizer for ease of use.

2. Rolling Carts for Craft & Cricut Machine Storage

Rolling storage carts are a perfect craft room organization hack when you need to move things around in small spaces. My three favorite carts are Michaels Recollections Rolling Cart, their 4-drawer storage cart, and my Origami shelf and drawer cart from Home Shopping Network.

Rolling carts provide ample craft room storage and organization and are perfect for smaller spaces.

3. Drawers Storage for Cardstock and Paper Organization

My top two favorite ways to organize are with a 12 x 12 paper drawer container and with magazine holders for tabletop paper storage. I love my paper organizer! And I love my rainbow rolling drawers from Michaels Craft Store that I showed you in my video!

The drawer storage can also double as vinyl craft roll storage as well!

A rolling 8 drawer storage cart is ideal for craft paper organization. Rolling carts work well in small craft spaces.

Rolling drawer units are perfect for storing craft supplies like rolls of Cricut paper. Organizing your drawers by supply type is an easy organization hack.

4. Rolling Wrapping Cart

Boy, do I love this wrapping cart! It stores all of my background paper for my photoshoots as well as 3 drawers full of any smaller supplies or, in my case, where I like to keep the extra camera and computer equipment!

I love my gift wrapping storage cart. It works for background paper as well as holiday and birthday gift-wrapping supplies.

5. Clear Stackable Containers and Decorative Storage Boxes

Whenever I add something to my closed cabinet storage, I always place the smaller items into clear containers or photo boxes so the space stays neat and I can easily find items. These stackable square containers are one of my favorites to easily see what’s inside without needing to open them. Deflecto also has some amazing drawer storage like this one here.

Michaels Craft Store also has beautiful cardboard storage boxes, or photo boxes. The prints on the boxes are determined by Michaels each season.

6. Iron-on and Vinyl Storage

I have gone through many methods of organizing my vinyl. Some smaller-scale solutions included cart storage with drawers or these craft vinyl holders that can be mounted on the wall.

This wall-mounted paper roll holder is perfect for storing craft supplies like rolls of vinyl and other crafting materials that are hard to find storage for.

Bookshelf for vinyl storage

For me, my vinyl stash has taken on a life of its own and I began using a bookshelf with these rectangle containers to make it super easy to find the type and color of vinyl I need. Be sure to also check out my label tutorial here and how I use the Cricut gold foil tool to decorate my labels.

Clear rectangular bins are perfect for holding and organizing my crafting vinyl collection! Make sure to clearly label the containers for easy sorting.
A white, tall bookshelf holds Cricut vinyls in clear storage bins organized by type. Labels make finding what you need easy and hassle-free.

7. Apothecary Jar Storage

Bell and apothecary jars are a wonderful way to store items like beads, tape, thread, etc while allowing your supplies to be visually appealing at the same time! These stackable bell jars are very pretty and practical as well as these more traditional jars that I like to use for ribbons. For keeping the ribbon organized I use these wood spools.

Abbi pictured with various shapes and sizes of apothecary jars. These clear glass and plastic jars are perfect for craft supply storage, making it easy to see what’s in each container.

8. Cricut Mat & Cutting Mat Storage

Mat storage! If you own a Cricut machine or even just have some self-healing cutting mats in your space, you may want to think about how you store them efficiently. For me, I love to use heavy-duty command hooks to hand my mats on the wall. Once again, anything you can do to use a wall area is a huge advantage to saving space.

Abbi shows how easy it is to use command hooks to hang and store Cricut cutting mats on the wall for an easy, space-saving craft storage solution.

9. Paint Storage Cubbies

I love using these little white paint cubbies to keep my bottles of acrylic paint organized plus it is so colorful and pretty to look at!

10. Craft Table – Make Your Own Craft Desk

Craft desks can be purchased ready-to-be-used such as this one here. I also love to build my own, which doesn’t have to be hard! I used two cube organizers from IKEA and a tabletop that my husband easily screwed together for the perfect sewing desk.

My craft table is a DIY project using IKEA storage cubes and a simple tabletop. Building your craft table lets you customize your storage and organize your workspace.

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.

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    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!

    My Craft Room Organization Binder is included in my 3 Day Craft Room Organization Challenge. It has helpful printouts like label templates and craft supply stock sheets.

    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 projects here! Tell me below in the comments what your favorite part of this craft room organization is?

    Get printables to help organize your craft room, like this Craft Project Planner, in my Craft Room Organization Binder.
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    1. I can really make you feel good if I showed you my craft space. My hubby and I share a space and we have been adding to it and not organized much of it. But, he is retiring and we are moving so I have to pack up everything. So, thank you for your ideas . I will show you results when I get my new space.

    2. I saw that you have the cutest sign hanging in your room that says “Craft Room”…did you make that or buy it? It’s super cute!

    3. Hi! I was wondering what size of clear containers you use for storing your vinyl? On the link you have, there are a few different sizes! Thank you!

    4. Abbi one look at your Cricut cart from Origami and I knew I had to have 1 (or 2) however it seems as if they don’t sell this model anymore!!!! Please tell me it ain’t so?

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