Organizing the Area You Use for Your Crafts
Crafts and hobbies are a big part of life for many people, but organizing a craft work area and keeping it organized and tidy can be challenging. Click here for more organizing ideas for your home, office or garage. If your space is small it's even harder. Here are some ideas to work with. Adapt them to suit your own needs and even use more than one idea together.
Everything you need for your craft should fit in the container. Don't use many small boxes or containers as they cause more clutter problems than they solve. The space you need will depend on what crafts you are doing. For example, a craft like papier mache uses glue, paste, paints, brushes etc. that all fit in a relatively small container, but sewing can spread out over an entire room if you let it!Craft supplies often fit nicely into small cabinets, particularly if they have drawers. Buy old ones at garage sales and paint or finish them attractively so that they fit with the rest of the furniture in your room.
Containers on wheels are great if you need to keep your supplies in a different place from you use them. Those clear plastic drawer units you find in hardware or home supply stores are excellent and come in different sizes.
Using shelves in your work area to keep your supplies can keep everything neat and tidy. Put the supplies into attractive box containers and store them on the shelves. Without the boxes, the shelves will look untidy.
Where to put your craft work area
Different hobbies and crafts lend themselves to different locations. My husband builds big radio controlled airplanes, and he took over our entire spare bedroom. Realistically you can't work on a hobby like that without its own dedicated space.
With some other crafts, you'll just need a corner or small area of a room. To encourage yourself to do the work, you'll need to keep the space attractive. Make sure you're not working in a drafty space, or where there's no light. Don't make electrical cords a hazard by plugging equipment into inaccessible outlets.
A big wardrobe, armoire or cupboard can serve as both workspace and container. One woman uses one large wardrobe to accommodate two crafts: knitting and beadwork.
Any great organized hobby space depends on the right containers.
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Frequently Asked Questions...
Seniors have you ever taken unused craft supplies & tools to donate to your neighborhood gradeschool?
I NEVER thought about this until recently....and took a big box of craft supplies I had, some tools, magazines with photos that could be cut out easily (National Geographic, flower catalogs, etc).
The lady in the office was ecstatic and said their own teachers often had to buy things like this & were always grateful for things that help make "project" days a little more afforable.
A few years ago, I was cleaning out a storage shed & I had 6 or 7 bins of craft items. I tried numerous schools & no one was interested. Not even the local community college & they had a child development department & daycare center! So...I took my items & a box of puppets to a local children's developmental center that works with "impaired" children & they were happy to have them. The director was very happy to come out to the car & get them herself!