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 supports creativity.
Organize supplies by color, with a focus on consumables (things you can use up).
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.
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.
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 stored 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.
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
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:
- Most popular room tour I ever did, 2010
- 5 Organizing Tips
- My first video room tour, 2012
- My largest craft space ever, 2013
- My first craft room tour, 2008
- 8 Ikea Craft Room Ideas
Links to some of the organizing products used in this room:
- Ikea Expedit – Ikea Kallax is the new version
- Ikea Raskog Cart
- Ikea Stenstorp Kitchen Island (bought in the As-Is section at a discount) + casters added to the legs
- Harbor Freight Four Tray Revolving Storage
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