Crafting and clutter seem to go hand and hand due to the large amount of materials available and the time taken to organize the materials versus use them. I absolutely love organizing craft rooms because of how happy the client is with the final product. The first step I take when organizing a craft room is…
1) No new purchases! I have found that a lot of clients would rather go out and buy a new item then have to look for it in their own home. So in order to reduce the amount of money spent I ask if they will hold off on purchasing until we have finished sorting because we might actually end up finding exactly what they are looking for. I have filled entire shelves with adhesive tape because clients will go out and buy new tape without looking for it first. Paper, writing utensils, and organizing products have all fallen under this category of “ITEMS I NEED NOW” when there were plenty in the home already.
2 ) Sort. As you begin to sort put like items together. This makes it easier to know what you have, how much you have of it, and where it could be stored later. During the sorting process I also try to understand exaclty what the crafter really needs in terms of organizational management.
For example, if they have a lot of magazines like in the above picture, do they really need to have them categorized by Magazine or by Categoray, or even if they just need to review and throw out.
3) Categorize and Create Stations. Generally I do this at the same time as sorting but I also begin to plan the space, where everything will he stored and how it will be stored. This might be limited in terms of space or budget so begin to take that into account as well.
4) Store. Now that you know what you have, you can store it in appropriate containers. I love clear stackable containers with lids. I also love repurposing items that might otherwise be trashed. Clothing boxes, gift bags, and sweater bags from the dry cleaners all make excellent craft containers.
5) Visual Organization. Make it easy for you to know what you have and know where you have it, Label!
Please comment if you have something that just doesn’t seem to fit or if you need help organizing your craft space.