Craft room organizing can be fun! One of my recent organizing clients is a busy working mother, whose hobby is creating handmade cards. A large walk-in closet in the guest bedroom serves as her craft room.
Before organizing, the craft room was a mix of bags, boxes and card making supplies. A fold out table had been installed on the back wall, and there was room for a chair, but not much else. She already owned many organizing supplies, so no new items were needed.
During this three hour organizing session, we sorted through every container in the closet. We repurposed a small bookcase and placed it in the closet to hold craft supplies. A paper sorter and ribbon sorter were placed on the top shelf for easy access, and small labeled bins for stamps, stencils, tools, embellishments and adhesives were placed on the other shelves.
Gift wrapping supplies are also stored in this closet. We organized a hanging gift wrap work station in one corner of the closet, and set aside one large plastic bin in that corner for the overflow of gift bags and wrap.
Cardstock was sorted by color into clear envelopes in an open plastic bin. While sorting, we identified two main categories of cards: Christmas and birthdays. Using a four drawer plastic rolling cart, we put all Christmas items in one large drawer, and birthday items in the other large drawer. The smaller drawers were used for other themes such as Valentine’s Day.
To make the most of vertical space, a wooden three drawer unit was stacked on top of the rolling cart. The drawers hold specialty paper, and the unit is topped by a rotating tool caddy containing pencils, scissors, and cropping tools.
The desktop remains mostly clear, and smaller sorters were placed along the back edge. The final touch, making it a more welcoming and personal space, was hanging a poster board of her travel mementos above the desk.
One corner remains available for guests’ luggage. This closet is now a peaceful, organized and productive craft space for my client to create handmade cards for friends and family.