Today I thought I would share my craft room storage ideas with you. I really enjoy making cards and over the years I have collected many bits and pieces that I “really needed” for my craft!
In order to get the best use out of my craft stuff I need to store it well. I need to be able to find what I need easily or I simply wouldn’t use it because it would be too time consuming searching for things.
Another reason to keep my craft supplies well organised is so that when I go off to Craft Camp I can easily pack it up and use it when I get there.
My storage also needs to be inexpensive. The craft supplies themselves cost money and although I do spend some money on craft storage, I really try to keep the costs down.
So here are a few ideas that I use for my craft supplies I thought you might like to use for yours too.
This is my craft cupboard. I try to limit my supplies to this cupboard, but I must admit that there is a slight overflow! I won’t show you that bit!
I didn’t sort out my cupboard or clean it up for you, this is honestly how it looks. I realise that I could do better. I probably should go through it and make it neater, and one day I will get around to doing that. Maybe I’ll give you an updated tidy version of craft room storage when that happens. Stay tuned!
I keep my spools of ribbons in a tub (top shelf of the cupboard) but I do have lots of little lengths of ribbon. To keep it organised and tangle-free I use this storage container. You can purchase these at most department stores or discount shops (I think I got mine from Kmart). You could also use a fishing tackle container that is usually used for lures and hooks, etc. I wind each ribbon on a piece of cardboard that I cut to fit the storage box compartments.
I don’t have a huge number of ink pads so I store them in this little tub. This tub comes from The Reject Shop. I like it because it closes well and has handles. The handles are good when I am packing my craft stuff up to take to Craft Camp. I have second one of these for my punches.
This expandable file is fantastic for some of my papers and is really handy if I am going to a friend’s house to make a few cards, but it isn’t big enough to fit all my papers in. Storing the rest of my papers is quite challenging. In the past I have bought paper sets that have come in square boxes or clear plastic boxes. Keep these boxes to keep your papers in. They are already the perfect size and are very handy for transporting paper. I stack them up in my craft cupboard. This is not ideal and it can be a pain to drag them out and sort through to use them. I am working on a better way to store my paper. Do you have any tips for me?
Bits and Bobs
I have a lot of smaller bits and pieces, like small scissors, bone folder, tiny stamps, tape, clear stamp blocks, glue etc. These things are kept in my little set of plastic drawers on a shelf of my cupboard. Very handy for easy access because I use these items regularly. I think I bought this little set of drawers from Kmart or The Reject Shop. Other bits and bobs are kept in used chocolate boxes. I find that chocolate boxes are good because they are a good size for small papers and stickers.
I don’t have lots of buttons, but I do like to use them on my cards sometimes. I keep mine in these clear plastic cylinders. I’m pretty sure I bought them at Kmart or Spotlight. I like to sort my buttons and brads into colours and this makes finding the right one quicker. I highly recommend this method of button storage.
Clear stamps are usually found in a card-makers stash. I like to keep mine in a display book. Although this makes the folder very thick, it’s really easy to see what is there and keep them all together. It is also really easy to transport them this way. These display books can be purchased in any store with a stationary section and are really cheap.
When I pack up lots of my craft supplies to take to Craft Camp, I use this man’s tool box thing. A few of my friends and I bought these in the early days (most of our craft stuff used to fit in here – Ha! Not anymore!). I still use this thing each year. The top section comes off so it fits well in the car and when we arrive at camp I can clip the top onto the bottom and wheel it in to where I need to go. At my craft table at camp, I usually separate the top and bottom again and use my craft supplies straight out of here. It works really well.
What are your craft room storage tips? Have you got any good ideas that I could use?