16 Inspiring Ideas for Organizing Your Craft Room
With so many parties and showers and creative ideas up in here, we’re starting to feel the need to get our DIY gear organized. After all, not every hobby comes in a handy little Brit Kit. Most of the time we’re dealing with more needles, bobbins, skeins, brushes, pliers and papers than we know what to do with! If you’re in the same boat, join us in reorganizing your craft area, whether it’s a closet, a corner or a full-blown studio.
1. Pegboards: Pegboards are essential in a craft room because they’re so customizable and modifiable. Use a mix of hooks, shelves and baskets to get those bits and bobs off your table but still within reach. (via Fabric Paper Glue)
2. Contrasting Colors: We’ve seen A LOT of rainbow-inspired craft rooms, which of course we love, but this monochrome room really stands out. All the black and white furniture and decor contrasts with the vibrant tissue paper and paints, making those crafting materials so much easier to find. (via Martha Stewart)
3. Industrial Details: Clipboards, lockers and the ubiquitous pegboard give this workspace the feel of a professional (and über-organized) craft studio. It’s the perfect industrial aesthetic if your hobbies include woodworking or leatherworking.
4. Craft Carts: I spy with my little eye… two IKEA utility carts being used to corral the many, many supplies in this busy art studio. Go check out the rest of this room tour to get lots of creative ideas, plus a closer look at those humungous storage shelves. (via Kelly Rae Roberts)
5. Kitchen Studio: If you don’t have a spare upstairs room for all of your creative projects, a converted basement may be just the ticket. Bonus points if yours is fitted with a kitchen, because alllll those cupboards are prime art supply storage. (via Natalme)
7. Baskets Galore: Baskets and bins are the easiest way to hide clutter, but why hide the baskets themselves? Go all out and make them the focal point of the room with a large open storage unit. (via Natty Michelle)
8. Minimal Storage Displays: Keep just the essentials in sight by storing them on towel bars with S-hooks, or stashing your paints inside a clear garden terrarium. As for the rest, shut it behind cabinet doors to keep your space as clean and minimal as possible. (via I Heart Organizing)
9. Colored Pencil Wall Art: Making art out of the art supplies themselves? We’re feeling inspired by this craft space. That’s 500 colored pencils you’re gawking at. Although we hope you’re not TOO much of a perfectionist, because you’re gonna have to sharpen those babies at some point. (via Jeannie Jeannie)
10. Small Space Solutions: We don’t all have sprawling spaces to devote an entire room to crafting, so some of us need to get extra creative. This blogger turned an old pantry into her workspace by using a mix of shelves, wooden slats and tiered baskets to create as much added storage as possible. (via Tried and True)
11. Ceiling Space: Speaking of small space solutions, do you need all the wall space you can get for storage? Look up! Just move your inspiration board (or finished projects, for artists) to the ceiling. It’s an ideal solution in attic rooms. (via Design*Sponge)
12. Fabric Wall: For seamstresses and budding fashion designers, one of the biggest pains is figuring out what to do with all those fabric swatches. This simple IKEA hack involves nothing more than a curtain rod and curtain clips. (via Craftaholics Anonymous)
13. Hanging Inspiration Board: Here’s another way to turn a couple of curtain rods into multifunctional storage spaces. S-hooks can hold all of your tools, plus clipboards of your sketches and inspiration clippings. (via The Happy Heathen)
14. Rustic Cubbies: Turns out you don’t have to build a brand new (and inevitably complicated) IKEA shelving unit just to unclutter your crafts — people have been organized for quite some time. Antiquing fans, go forth and hunt down an old cubby system for the ultimate handmade room. (via Mamie Jane’s)
15. Jewelry Findings Within Arm’s Reach: Jewelry making is one of those hobbies that comes with a TON of little, easy-to-lose pieces. Acrylic canisters are the best for rounding up all those findings, while DIY wall hangers are the best for displaying works in progress. (via Refinery29)
16. Crafts on Display: Aside from a place to make, your craft room can be a place to show off as well. You may want to keep the odds and ends out of sight, so drawers are a must, but get those finished works of art on display! (via Miss Moss)
Do you have any tips for organizing your arts and crafts supplies? Spill your organizational secrets in the comments!
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com