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Craft Room Tour 2015

It's been a while since I have done a craft room tour. Like over a year! This past January we moved my craft room out of the formal living room + dining room + office and condensed it all down to just fit in my office alone. It's about one-third of the space I have enjoyed for the last two years (see that video studio tour HERE) and that means I had to get rid of alot of stuff. In addition, I moved out my Target desk and brought in my grandmother's old Fortress desk which is wider and deeper than the previous desk. It has amazing storage though! In line with my recent posts about changing my relationship with craft supplies and how I view my space, and with this month being National Craft Month, I thought it was the perfect time to share a tour of my new, improved, lean, mean creativity machine of a craft studio, office, and film studio all rolled into one:


There are a few details I want to point out that I think might be helpful to you in organizing a space that best creativity.

Organize supplies by color, with a focus on consumables (things you can use up).

Craft Room Tour 2015 - Smart Fun DIY Store embellishments and consumable craft supplies by color.

Craft Room Tour

I started organizing by color in 2006 or so and it changed the way I craft. Organizing by color allows you to use products you might have forgotten you had in new and unexpected ways. In the past, I would have looked for a red brad to use on a scrapbook page. Now, I open my red and orange drawer (both colors are combined into one drawer) and look through all the possible embellishments that are red. I can use things I forgot I had, like a pretty red button or a red label sticker. This helps me use up my stash and avoid getting into creative ruts, like when I used to be on a “red button kick” and use them on all of my projects for three months straight. True story.

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Keep things in the open so they are front of mind and get used.

Craft Room Tour 2015 - Smart Fun DIY. Keep larger tools on tables at the ready. Store tools you use less often on shelving, like the serger sewing machine on the bottom shelf of a work table in this photo

Keeping tools and supplies that you use often or want to use more out in the open makes it easier for you to use them. I want to use my Sizzix eclips2 machine often so I keep it on a table, plugged in and ready to go at all times. I don't want to use my serger sewing machine often so I keep it on a shelf under my work table so I can get to it but so it is not in the way.

Label everything – peace comes from being able to find things when you need them.

Craft Room Tour 2015 - Smart Fun DIY. Card Catalog Storage - Scrapbook Room Tour JPriest - Label your storage drawers with the Epson LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit! Craft Room Tour 2015 - Smart Fun DIY. Craft Room Scrapbook Room Tour JPriest - These art bins/compartment boxes are translucent making craft supplies easy to see and organize!

I use an Epson LabelWorks label maker (and ribbon printer) to label my ArtBins, drawers, and other containers. It helps me to know exactly where things are but the process of labeling also makes me think about which things go together and can be together. Like I might have a drawer of ICE Resin bezels and ICE Resin ephemera papers because they go together. When you have 20+ ArtBins, it is also handy to have a label on the outside so you don't have to open each one up to see what's inside.

If you add something to the room, take something out.

Craft Room Tour 2015 - Smart Fun DIY. Sizzix die storage - These art bins/compartment boxes are translucent making craft supplies easy to see and organize!

It is so easy to out grow your space by bringing in new things. I know I have this limited amount of square space and limited storage solutions. If I want to bring in something new, then something old has to go out. We also have limited time. Can I really use all 548 stamps sets I had? No. So I sold off 300 of them and gave away a bunch more so now I have less than 50 acrylic stamp sets. If I want more Sizzix dies, I need to get rid of the ones I don't use. And yes, with all these cases of dies, there are some I don't use and a few still in the package. This process makes you think very strategically about HOW and WHY you buy things. And it helps keep the focus on creating and not cleaning or organizing. I mean, seriously, we all hate cleaning so much but we have made that 50% or more of our time when we're “crafting”. Let's stop doing that.

Here's a pinnable quote to help remind us: PIN IT NOW

Craft Room Tour 2015 - Smart Fun DIY. Spend more time crafting and less time organizing - Jennifer Priest

I hope this room tour and these tips have inspired you and given you some awesome ideas for your space!  Here are some of my past room tours and organizing posts to check out:

Links to some of the organizing products used in this room:

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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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27 Comments

  1. a wonderful organised room. I loved your tour and your storage is fantastic. A gorgeous room to create in. Tracy x

  2. a wonderful organised room. I loved your tour and your storage is fantastic. A gorgeous room to create in. Tracy x

  3. I am trying like heck to purge! Your room is so organized. Such an inspiration! Do you have a post for your camera set up? I would love to see that! (and I did get a *little* queasy – but it was worth it!) πŸ™‚

  4. I am trying like heck to purge! Your room is so organized. Such an inspiration! Do you have a post for your camera set up? I would love to see that! (and I did get a *little* queasy – but it was worth it!) πŸ™‚

  5. Love your craft room. I’m trying to re-do my craft space and definitely got some good ideas. Do you move the other things off your table when you use your eclipse?

  6. Love your craft room. I’m trying to re-do my craft space and definitely got some good ideas. Do you move the other things off your table when you use your eclipse?

  7. Jennifer – this is an amazing space. I am truly inspired! Do you happen to remember the name of the cabinets you got from Hobby Lobby? I’m in love!

  8. Jennifer – this is an amazing space. I am truly inspired! Do you happen to remember the name of the cabinets you got from Hobby Lobby? I’m in love!

  9. You did an incredible job going into a smaller space. I purged last year and work hard to use before buying. I am not terrible successful when it comes to paper, I am with more permanent items. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

  10. You did an incredible job going into a smaller space. I purged last year and work hard to use before buying. I am not terrible successful when it comes to paper, I am with more permanent items. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

  11. Enjoyed your tour and loved all your organization. I love the idea of drawers with all the same colored embellishments and inks together. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Enjoyed your tour and loved all your organization. I love the idea of drawers with all the same colored embellishments and inks together. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Beautiful job ! I love your room , you inspire me to redo a few things in my room ! I love creating but part of the fun for me is also organizing my craft space. Enjoy your day πŸ™‚

  14. Beautiful job ! I love your room , you inspire me to redo a few things in my room ! I love creating but part of the fun for me is also organizing my craft space. Enjoy your day πŸ™‚

  15. “If you add something to the room, take something out” is my favorite rule. This is how I stay organized, in control, and motivated. πŸ™‚ You have a nice room! We organize similar…. by color, storing “like” items together, etc. However my paper is out of control. Lol That is what I hoard!!!!! 30+ Iris containers full of paper!! eek!! But they are all organized, labeled and easy to get to… And honestly fun to look through! Lol Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  16. “If you add something to the room, take something out” is my favorite rule. This is how I stay organized, in control, and motivated. πŸ™‚ You have a nice room! We organize similar…. by color, storing “like” items together, etc. However my paper is out of control. Lol That is what I hoard!!!!! 30+ Iris containers full of paper!! eek!! But they are all organized, labeled and easy to get to… And honestly fun to look through! Lol Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  17. Totally have craft room envy!! I’m in LOVE with your craft room! So well organized, colorful and therefore a great creative space! I came across your page linked from another. I’m less crafter and more jeweler and I’m looking to redo and organize my studio. But I just wanted to say, I am impressed!

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