Organized Craft Closet
Today I’m going to share with you a project I just recently finished that has been a long time coming: my craft closet! We’ve lived in our home for a little over 3 years. Since the day we moved in our “office” has been our catch all room. At times the room has looked like Monica’s secret forbidden closet (for those of you who love the T.V. show FRIENDS, you will understand the reference!). We’ve been slowly chipping away at organizing the room and I’m happy to say the closet is now done. I use the term done loosely as I’m sure I’ll be making changes as I add to my craft supplies and find how the space works best for me.
A year or so ago we purchased the shelving unit from Ikea, but the project came to a standstill and it collected junk (as you can see in the before pictures…don’t judge!). My husband gave me the push to start the project back up again. Poor guy couldn’t stand all the crap craft supplies everywhere. I don’t blame him it was driving me nuts too! So, I started the organization process: I cleared everything out of the closet and separated into different piles: trash, giveaway/donate, keep, and keep but doesn’t belong in this room. Having a large trash bag and boxes for each pile to go in is really handy when organizing. I then organized the keep pile into categories: Ribbon, sewing, twine, tulle, party decor, embellishments, stamps, ink pads, paint, glitter, glue, washi tape, craft books, magazines, paper, blog stuff, current projects, scissors, markers, paper cutters, miscellaneous, etc.
I already had some storage containers, but I needed to purchase a few more. I took inventory of my piles and approximately how many containers I needed. My first stop was The Container Store. They have lots of really neat storage and organization items. But, the boxes I was looking at was going to cost me over $150.00 for the quantity I needed. Um, no thank you! So, next stop: Ikea. I found storage boxes that were nearly identical to the ones at The Container Store for less than $40.00 for all of the boxes; now that’s more like it! I had to assemble myself, but it was super easy. I had the 12×12 scrapbook paper drawer unit and the smaller version for 8.5×11 paper, but I have a TON of scrapbook paper and needed one more of each. My sweet hubby surprised me with them after a trip he made to Target! I already had the red magazine holder and a matching box so I knew I was going to use red in my color scheme. I have been obsessed with red and aqua/teal (as you can probably tell from reading my last couple blog posts), so aqua was the obvious choice for my second color. Lucky for me I found the 2 woven strap totes from HomeGoods in just the right color. All of the other items I had around the house.
Next, after all the storage boxes were assembled I organized my craft supplies in the storage containers and arranged on the shelves.
I made a list of all the labels I needed to make. I used my handy dandy label maker for the sides of the drawers. Instead of labeling the boxes with the boring white label they came with, I decided to add a pop of color…red! Using a circle hole punch, I created the labels for my marker caddies and tied them on with twine. I used my white chalk pen to label all the items so the words could be easily read on the dark paper.
Small mason jars worked perfect to store pencils and the lids coordinated nicely with the galvanized buckets and the trim of the storage boxes.
After everything found a home, I added some fun decor that matched my color scheme like the frame and the stacked books and notebooks. It’s fun to add color with the craft supplies you are storing too (like markers, colored pencils, washi tape)!
It is so nice to have all my craft supplies organized. Now that everything has a place I am much more likely to keep it looking nice and clean. Plus the space inspires me to create!
Now that this project is done, I’m excited to start another organization project! What organization projects are you tackling this year?
- Shelving Unit: BESTA Shelf Unit from Ikea
- White Storage Boxes: KASSETT Boxes from Ikea
- 3 Drawer storage Bins: Sterilite ClearView Drawer Unit found at Target
- Woven Strap Totes: HomeGoods
- Red Magazine Holder & Box: TJ Maxx
- Galvanized Buckets: SOCKER Plant Pot from Ikea
- Mason Jars: Ace Hardware
- Round Picture Frame: Stein Mart
- White Paint Can with Lid: Michaels
- Glass Jar with Lid: Target
- Black Wire Tray: CostPlus