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!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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