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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Craft Organization for the Space-Impaired

Last week I showed you how I solved my space vs. ribbon storage dilemma and I thought this week I would show you my whole craft storage solution.

As I've said before, we live in a small basement apartment and we don't have a lot of storage space. For the last few years, my storage space has looked something like this...

What a mess. And this is in our bedroom!! Not very soothing or welcoming.

Across from our bed we have this awesome, but unsightly, storage space. On the very left (behind the printer) is where I've kept my scrapbook items (most of which are never used). The white drawers were just added around Valentine's Day. They held some of my sewing supplies. The rest of my crafting stuff was stuffed in random bags and shoved wherever it would fit. Pretty horrendous, right?

But not anymore! Here's what I've done to solve my problem!

About a month ago, Staples had a sale on the drawers (the black ones you see pictured), so I picked up 2 more of those. I liked the idea of stacked drawers because I have plenty of space to go up, but no so much to go out. At $10 a piece, they were well worth it!

My plan is to put some vinyl labels on them, but my machine totally screwed up the cutting process and I was out of black vinyl. Then I was out of transfer tape. And so it still hasn't been done.

You've already seen my ribbon storage solution, but here it is again. Simply put, ribbon on dowels in a plastic container.

The scrapbook mess has been eliminated from behind the printer and is accessible now. The paper is in two of the drawers. Another two drawers are filled with fabric. I imagine that one day I'll need to implement a better system, but for a new a couples drawers works for me. Another drawers holds my Silhouette accessories and vinyls. One drawer is dedicated to adhesives and glues and then the rest of the drawers are filled with other sewing notions and supplies.

I found these handy drawer dividers to go in some of the drawers. This particular drawer holds my buttons, sewing notions, and ribbon cuts.

Also in our bedroom is the desk where I keep my Silhouette out and available for easy access. Don't mind the stack of CDs - remember how we're short on space?

Next to the desk is a hanging file holder. I just put this up the other day, so there isn't much in it, but I'm planning to use it for business, primary secretary, and preschool stuff. I'll eventually put on some labels.

Also, I think my favorite part is the caddy. Not only is it pink (which is quickly becoming my favorite color since I'm surrounded by boy stuff), but I can come into my craft storage area, fill up my caddy, and easily take everything I need to my workspace (usually the dining room table). One trip and I have everything I need. No more multiple trips because I can't fit everything in my arms.

So what do you think? Do you have any tips for organizing when you're space-impaired like I am?


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  1. Hi there- found you through the hop and am a new follower. I wish I could do this with my craft supplies. They're all in moving boxes. I looked in the plastic drawers like you have and they were $50!?! I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by

    I hope you have a great week!

  2. It looks like you've done a great job organizing all your stuff.

  3. love that you made it all fit in such a small space great organization skills come see me at

  4. I am also short on space. Thanks for the tips and inspiration, I need to do something and quick! Great job :)

  5. WOW what a great way to store crafts!! THANK YOU for sharing I LOVE this!! I saw your link up over at Sweet Peas and Bumblebees!! Your AMAZING!!
    I'm your newest follower :)


  6. @Lovely Light

    $50?! That's insane! The original white one was about $15 and the black ones were about $10 each. Of course, those were the sale prices. The black ones were originally $29.99, so I guess in South Africa (or to have them shipped there), $50 wouldn't be too much of a stretch. Hopefully you can find some on sale! I feel you on the moving boxes though. If you look in the before picture, most of the boxes are our moving boxes...from 3 years ago! Yikes!

  7. Thanks ladies, for all your comments! I hope you all found some good inspiration to get your crafty stuff organized!

  8. And I thought I had little space! You’ve done a great job organizing...thanks for sharing!

  9. You make the most of the available space. Good going.

    Thanks for linking up at Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner and adding to the fun. The party for this week is going on... hope to see you there again :)


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