March 09, 2015

Reader question – Organizing Craft Supplies

March is National Craft Month and it’s a great time to assess all your supplies. Last week I decided that it was time to downsize the yarn collection. I just don’t knit and crochet as much as I used to and I know that there are places like Project Knitwell that can make good use of my extra yarn.
Coincidentally, a reader recently asked how to organize all her craft supplies.
The first thing to consider is whether there are some projects you’d like to let go. There’s no point organizing stuff you’re not going to use.
Next, group supplies by type: paper crafting, needlework, sewing, etc. Don’t buy any containers until you see what you have and decide where you’re going to keep it.
If you already have a dedicated crafts space, look at your existing setup. If you have shelves to put things on, measure them and see if you have containers that would fit. Use larger bins for bulky items and projects in progress. Smaller supplies might fit well in shoe boxes or glass jars.
If you are trying to fit your crafting into a closet or corner of a room, use the same guidelines. Consider repurposing something you already have, like file cabinets or suitcases, to house your supplies. Take a look at pinterest for ideas to store craft supplies in a small space.
Do you enjoy crafting? What kinds of projects are you working on?

Organized by MarcieTM: Save time and money by letting go of what you don't need and finding room for what you value
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