Take a look around my craft area and check out my favorite craft storage solutions!
Happy New Year! After a little break for the holidays, I’m ready to get back to crafting! I have so many ideas floating around in my head, but before I could dive back into crafting, my craft area needed some serious TLC!
Since my craft area is not in an enclosed room, and very much visible to anyone who comes to our home, I am constantly making messes and in need of a quick way to clean them up. Small kids in our home also means I have to keep things pretty tidy – or, at the very least, make sure I don’t leave anything out that they shouldn’t get their hands on – like my Ginghers! The best way I have found to keep a clean space is to have a place for everything to go. It makes clean-up time go quickly and I don’t lose things as often as I used to!
A year ago, I invested in some storage pieces to help keep this area in check and I’m happy to say that a full year later they are all still working well. Yay! Is it perfect? Of course not! Not everything fits in the area I have and I do need to store my fabric and less frequently used craft supplies in a different place – but the things I use frequently are all at my fingertips and everything has a place of its own. So, overall, I’m really happy and definitely feel lucky to have the space I have!
I’ve included links when I can (the Amazon ones are affiliate, you can read more about that here) and I hope this post is helpful if you are currently on an organizing mission! :)
This first area is where I use my Cricut Explore cutting machine. It lives on top of a book shelf from Pottery Barn. I love having my Cricut out all of the time so it’s easy to use quickly. I keep the area next to it clean so I can set my computer right next to my Cricut when cutting.
The canvas storage bins on the shelves are from Pottery Barn Kids. While I wouldn’t mind looking at all of my craft supplies on display, keeping them tucked away keep this room less busy and neutral. The storage bins are huge and even fit reams of printer paper! I store IRIS plastic paper cases under the bookcase, which hold chipboard and paperstacks. Below you can see inside my felt scrap bin :)
Paper storage, just like fabric storage, is SO tricky! Iris storage carts are my favorite for craft supplies, especially the wide size that can hold 12 x 12 paper! I wrote an entire post last year about how I organize my scrapbook paper. Everything I share in that post is still how I keep my paper stored a year later! The Iris cart pictured below primarily holds my paperstacks and I use a file cart from The Container Store for my loose sheets. The file cart slides under my desk and out of the way.
This taller, 7-drawer, IRIS storage cart holds all of my Cricut supplies. I added a hook on the side of the cart to hold some of my mats. My favorite way to organize my vinyl and Iron-On that is to separate each color from any samplers I buy and use a rubber band around each roll. This helps me see all of the colors I have available. I labeled the drawers with my vinyl and my Cricut.
A lot of my sewing and craft supplies are kept in my Martha Stewart craft hutch and cabinet. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it is being sold anymore! I purchased it a couple years ago from Home Depot and love how it hides so many craft supplies! Below you can see one side of the hutch. I use a small 16 drawer cabinet to hold my small sewing notions. I printed labels for each drawer and taped them to the inside of each drawer pull. Photo boxes hold buttons, glitter, stamps, and beads.
I found this really cool lazy Susan-style craft bin at Joann Fabrics, but it is also available on Amazon. It is so fun! The tall bins are perfect for holding paintbrushes and scissors and the smaller containers hold things like safety pins and pencil sharpeners. It came with lids for every bin, but I leave most of them off so my taller things fit.
I just spin it around to find what I need and I love that each container is removable!
These cute little blue storage containers hold my X-Acto knives, seam rippers and sharp tools – things I want to keep out of reach of my kiddos. They stack really nicely on top of each other and the clasps on each end keep them securely closed.
A thread rack on the inside of the cupboard door is perfect for holding my thread! I painted it white and mounted it on the door.
The hutch came with two drawers at the bottom, one of which came divided. This is perfect for my sewing notions like Velcro, elastic, and bias tape. I did put child safety locks on my drawers. It was sad to put them on my new piece of furniture, but when I bought this, my kids were toddlers and so curious I didn’t want to take any chances! I’m hoping I can remove them without causing too much damage – we’ll see!
This 20-drawer organizer thats sits next to my craft cupboard gets so much use! There are so many different versions of these same style of organizers available in craft stores and on Amazon. I chose this gray one but I love the colorful version!
The left side of the organizer holds supplies like paper, ink, tape, glue, and felt. Sheets 0f 9″x12″ felt fit perfectly in the drawers. I love having my printer paper right next to the printer, especially because I switch a lot between regular printer paper and the 110lb card stock I use for most of my printable crafts.
The right side of this organizer is for holding projects that are in process. I usually have a bunch of projects in various stages and need a place to keep everything for each project together. These drawers are perfect for this. They pull out easily so I can take them to my sewing machine, desk or another part of the house to work on.
There you have it! These are my favorite storage solutions in my craft area! I chose things that were really neutral since I haven’t decided how we want to decorate the rest of this room. Once we do, I can easily add any color I want to this space and it will go with the rest of the room!
Below are a few more projects I have made for my craft area with tutorials you can find here on my blog. For more ideas and to see how I store all of my paper for paper crafting, check out this tutorial “How to Organize Your Scrapbook Paper“.
I hope you enjoyed this post and it was useful. I plan to share a couple more organization-themed posts before diving into Valentine’s Day crafting! :)