Decluttering your craft space can certainly be stressful and frustrating. With an abundance of supplies of all different shapes and sizes, it can be hard to find a place to fit everything. Finding an organizational system that will help to keep your supplies in a confined space and out of the way is essential. Not only does decluttering help to open up your physical space but your own mental space as well. Your mind will be able to think beyond and produce more creativity within a decluttered space. If you’re struggling to maintain the disorganization in your own craft space, keep reading for some quick tips.
Store Supplies Vertically
An insanely helpful tip in decluttering your craft space is to utilize your vertical space. This includes everything from multi-tiered storage carts to wall and door organizers. Storage carts are perfect for the crafter who needs to move around constantly. With the cart having many levels, it allows you to store a number of your everyday supplies without the cart taking up too much space. Wall organizers like metal grid panels can be used with separate hooks and baskets to attach to the grid. Then, you can store your smaller supplies like scissors, paints, ribbon, and pencils on the panel to keep them up and out of the way from your workspace.
Give Everything a Home
When decluttering, you want to make sure every item, big and small, has a designated place. You may have the perfect storage solution for large items like your sewing or Cricut machine but struggle to find a place for small paints and markers. On the other hand, if you are having issues storing the larger items, it’s still essential to give all your items a place to be stored. For your large machines and bulky supplies that are used less frequently, you can opt for large storage bins, boxes, or baskets. They can be tucked away easily at the bottom of a closet or under a desk. For smaller items, desk organizers are perfect. Everything from a small desk tray to drawer units can fit on any workspace desk to help keep small supplies contained in your space. You can use wall space to add shelves, too.
Color coding can be extremely efficient when you’re decluttering because it helps you to sort all of your items and maintain a system to keep them organized.
“Color coding is such an easy and vibrant way to store your craft supplies! Dividing up your materials into specific colored bins will allow you to know what is in each container, causing less stress and more crafts made!” – Yajaira Enriquez, Associate Product Designer at Michaels
Like Enriquez, many of us creatives work better with color and visuals. For example, you can implement color coding for your paper supplies in your crafting space. Try using clear, flat containers and fill each container with 1 color of paper. This will help you to keep your papers sorted and you can avoid sifting through all your papers to look for a particular color. Instead, you’ll be able to see from across the room exactly where each color of paper is. Also with a colorful organization system, you are much more likely to stick to it and avoid clutter later on.
When decluttering your space as a crafter, don’t be afraid to get creative with your storage solutions as well. There are hundreds of storage options available that are outside of what you typically think of for craft storage. Just to name a few, jars and mugs are easy and perfect to use as a pencil holder. Spice racks and Keurig K-Cup racks can be great for storing your small buttons and pins. Even the rail of an old crib can be mounted vertically on a wall to hang a store fabric. Not every traditional craft storage solution will work for your space so get inventive with your storage options.
While all these decluttering tips and solutions can be helpful, you also want to make sure that you are honest with yourself about what you need, and don’t need. When you begin decluttering, sort out the items that you can give away or throw out. You’ll be surprised by how many of your supplies you haven’t used or don’t need. Simple supplies like fabric and sewing machines can be extremely helpful to others if you choose to donate them. You’ll be giving to those who need it and decluttering your own space at the same time.
With these tips, decluttering can be a simple task. You’ll no longer have to waste time maneuvering around your clutter and instead, you can spend more time crafting. Take your time and really decide what organization options will be ideal for your space. Comment below which tip was most helpful to you!