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Craft Room Storage Ideas – Part 2

Hello friends! Welcome to Part 2 in my series on organizing your craft room or space. (To read Part One, click HERE) This edition is definitely not as fancy because I am going to talk about short and long term storage solutions. Stay with me here.🤪 We all know, arts and craft supplies can overwhelm us, that’s why it makes sense to figure out what storage ideas work best so that we can keep making stuff while keeping our sanity intact. Let’s get started with Craft Room Storage Ideas – Part 2!

Part 1 HERE
Part 3 HERE

I wish I had all the organizing answers but unfortunately, it’s a very personal thing and I’m a work in progress, as is my space! My motto is to just keep trying different approaches until you find the right fit for your needs. It’s a good idea to decide what’s most important for you before you begin to reorganize your system.

Goals for me are simple; clean, simple and right-sized. My first priority is being able to put most of my supplies away, out of sight. If it makes more sense to keep some items out, I try to have it fit in with the room decor. Also, I prefer to keep things as compact as possible. What’s essential to you?

Below are the various storage ideas that I am using. Hopefully, they inspire you in some way to clean out and coordinate your creative space!

Fabric Storage

As a young girl making doll clothes or as a 7th grader making Pom Pon uniforms for my middle school squad, I have always felt a strong connection and love for fabric. But my fabric stash can also be the bane of my existence. Buying, over-buying, storing and sometimes actually sewing with it. It’s an endless cycle.😂 Here are my current containment methods:

Small Fabric Scraps

I love to have small bits of different kinds of fabrics close to my sewing machine to do test stitches or flesh out designs that are in my head. My latest approach for these pieces is a clear Mason jar. This way I can see what I have quick, and grab what I need. It’s a nice way to enjoy your fabrics also! A Ziploc bag would work great for this too.

Large Fabric Pieces

For the most part, I like to keep my fabric dust free and in a dark place to protect it from fading. I am currently using a variety of methods for storing larger fabric pieces. I have an under-the-bed (or under-the-chair) low plastic bin. I also use classic Sterilite tubs. They work great for your longer-term closet or basement storage. Similar tubs HERE and HERE. (affiliate links)

For projects that I am actively working on, it’s nice to keep everything out. Small baskets and bins are perfect to have out in the open to hold your projects. Look for products that fit your decor and space.

This closet cubby below is something I thought I would try. If I can see my fabrics it helps me stay inspired. Where do you store your fabrics?
Similar cubby HERE (affiliate link)

Beads and Jewelry Making Storage

I’ve tried many ideas for my beads and jewelry making supplies over the years. Currently, I have settled on a few containers that all go into a portable tub. This modular system makes it easy to quickly find what I’m looking for and keep it all together in one container to put away or take it anywhere.

Covered plastic containers

The plastic bins below are from old tape packages. Small containers that are low and wide are perfect for working and storing beads.
Similar ideas HERE and HERE and HERE. (affiliate links)

Plastic interlocking and stacking containers

Clear modular canisters are great for being able to see everything at once and easily locate what you need. They are made of durable plastic, which keeps supplies dust-free and protected.
Similar containers HERE. (affiliate link)

Small and Large Plastic Bins

I really love these smaller lock and stack bins. They are great for the larger beads and findings. I remove all the lids while I work to have access to everything, then close them all up to stack and put away when I’m done. Quick and easy! Mine are from Sterilite. Similar containers HERE. (affiliate link)

The stacking containers, covered plastic containers, and smaller bins fit nicely into my big Sterilite tubs. I know, humans are crazy, right? This system works great for me. Similar tubs HERE and HERE. (affiliate links) 

If you prefer everything bundled into one matching on the go set, tackle cases would be a great way to go. They have drawers and a handle and come in lots of pretty colors. Click HERE to compare. (affiliate link)

Paper Storage

I’m not a huge stamper or scrapbooker but I do have some tools and paper that I try to keep organized so when I do, I can jump right into it easily.

My system is similar to jewelry storage. Plastic bins all the way baby. 😜 I have a couple covered bins for the papers and a stacking Sterilite tub for the stamps, cutting devices and tools.

Photo Storage

If all of your photographs are digital, bless you, child. If you are like me tho, and of a certain age, you may have remnants from your ancestors, your parents or possibly even some of your own photos in storage. I am working (slowly) to digitize all of my old photos, but it’s a huge job that never seems to get proper attention. I keep some photographs in albums and others in these boxes. These are all in line for the scanner. I’d like to know they are safely backed up, should anything happen to them.

After scanning photos, I upload the files to Dropbox and Shutterfly for safekeeping and sharing with family. I also backup to an external hard drive for additional peace of mind.

In the meantime, decorative boxes and albums are wonderful for keeping photos convenient and safe. I keep them out on my shelves so that I remember my goal is to scan them. I keep the remaining bulk of photos in large plastic tubs.
Similar photo boxes HERE and HERE. (affiliate links)

P.S. The features and options that Shutterfly has, including the option to make books or photo products are awesome. I create books every year, they make such meaningful gifts. You should try it if you have not. I digress. New photo sites are coming (and going) all the time; examples include Google Photos, Flickr, Photobucket, Smugmug Picassa, and Drop Event to name a few.

Ribbon Storage Ideas

My last idea I found as I was creating this post. FYI, there’s no faster way to clean out your arts and crafts then having to take pictures of them to share online. E-gad. My ribbons needed some help.

Refrigerator storing bins work awesome for storing ribbon. Who knew? They are very inexpensive, you can see everything you have and cut without removing the roll. Plus they are available in the perfect sizes for ribbons and fit well into a (you guessed it…) Sterilite tub.
Similar frig containers HERE and HERE. Be sure to measure your ribbons before you order though.

Below are more craft organizing ideas for storing all of your supplies.

Amazon Finds That Do The Work For You

I’ve included craft storage trays, bins, boxes, jars and more! The shopping links are below the big image. (affiliate links)

1 Colorful Organizers | These adjustable cases would be great for beads, findings or other small supplies. Click here.

2 Bead Canisters with Tray | Super way to see all your beads at once and portable. Click here.

3 Organizer Bin | Great tray for ribbon or your little stuff. Slide into a drawer or on a shelf. Click here.

4 Paperboard Suitcases | These are the cutest! Great for storage in offices and kid’s room. The perfect package for a gift too. Click here.

5 Glass JarPerfect spot for fabric swatches, cuts of ribbon, or treats! Click here.

6 Craft Utility Box | Here’s your all-in-one portable craft office. Love this! Available in 2 sizes and 2 colors. Click here.

7 Storage Container | Cubes are perfect for good-looking storage for any room in the house. Available in 9 colors. Click here.

I hope these ideas motivate you to clean out and organize your craft and sewing spaces. Stay tuned, next month I will be looking at specific work stations ideas with Part 3 in my series.

How’s your organization coming along? Let me know if you are making progress!
Thanks for stopping by,
xo,
Cindy

 

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