My husband and I just moved into our new home at the end of September. We moved from a home we had lived in for 15 years. I have never lived more than 6 years anywhere before – so you can only imagine the stuff that we accumulated – it was completely mind boggling…..anyway, I am off the subject, as usual.
I have been crafting since I was 7. I used to knit clothes for my barbies, crochet my string (literally) bikini’s (and of course put lining in strategic areas – wink wink), knit afghans and I made ALL my own clothes. When I lived at my mom’s I used her sewing room.
Then I had my own home with a sewing machine in the guest room. Then I had a sewing room in the basement of a 150 year old house (did I mention that I had mice!). I have always had sewing rooms. I was a big time quilter at one time as well. And then, about 4 years ago I discovered the magic of paper crafting and I was HOOKED. I love love love cutting out all the little pieces, stamping and coloring. Water colors, crayons, pencils, alcohol markers…..I had NO idea all this was out there waiting for me.
A few organizational ideas for you…I own many of these 🙂
In our last home, I had sewing and knitting on one side and paper crafting on the other. If you have done any card making or paper crafting at all, you know there are a lot of bits and pieces that need to be organized. So, my hunt for ‘craft room organization’ began. I am a Virgo and organization is my complete jam! I had an island made – the biggest island I could have made to fit my space. It was (and still is) amazing.
When we decided to move I knew I wanted a beautiful, spacious, organized craft room. I definitely wanted craft room organization. I scoured Pinterest, Youtube and Instagram for ideas. I had so many pinned boards it wasn’t funny (and keeping track of it all was a job in itself). We hired an architect and I tried to explain to her what I needed and that an extra 6” was a big deal to me – at the time she had no idea what I was trying to accomplish (she has seen my organized room and craft supplies and now gets it!) We designed the whole upstairs of our new house around my craft room. I initially did not want to be upstairs because I am older and steps might give me trouble some day – so we put in an elevator shaft…..just in case.
I measured, counted, made spread sheets. I looked at my motions – what did I use most often, because I wanted those things closest to me. I also tried to plan ahead for any new products out there. You know, like – paper, stamps, dies, alcohol inks, nuvo drops, sequins and beads. Did I mention paper, stamps and ink – oh my!
I came to the conclusion that I have 2 different hobbies – crafting and collecting craft supplies 🙂 I had to decide where to put my sewing machine. Did I need ALL that yarn? What about all that fabric? I decided to put my sewing machine in a separate area since I don’t sew as much anymore. I donated the fabric to a local quilt group who makes quilts for cancer patients. I have not given the yarn away, yet.
I decided on what look I was going for and went to work. I sketched everything out on graph paper and made sure it all fit. I moved stuff (on paper) about a million times. Since I already owned the island and awesome paper and ink storage from Stamp N Storage I designed around them. Stamp N Storage also made the ribbon holder and a custom paper holder for me. I also hired a woman who helped Jennifer McGuire design her craft room. She was helpful with my recessed lighting, shelving and gave me quite a few things to think about…..adding to my list of ideas. There are so many craft room organization ideas out there it was difficult for me tho hone into my ONE craft room organization style.
I made a list of all my craft supplies. I counted everything. I made sure that everything worked. I did not want to spend time and money organizing craft supplies that did not work! I also looked at other areas for craft storage – I had a few under utilized closets. I move my sewing machine, thread and sewing supplies to one of these closets. I moved my packaging (boxes, ribbon & bows, paper shred, tags, etc to another closet. I wanted to keep all the craft supplies that I used most often in my craft room.
I needed to find homes for: Washi tape, mini ink pads, full size ink pads, Distress inks (including Distress Oxide Inks), 12 x 12 paper, cardstock, 6 x 6 paper, sequins, beads, gems, embossing powders, perfect pearls, stamp sets, die cuts, stencils, embossing folders, label makers and tape, die cut machines, heat guns, yarn, essential oils for bath salts, labels, packaging and boxes, Cricut Maker, Easy Press x 3, vinyl, gift wrapping supplies, watercolors, watercolor paper, Yupo paper, alcohol inks, alcohol ink applicators, felt, markers, paint pens, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Distress Markers….I could go on and on. Craft Supplies can be endless. Same with you too?
The room is 16 x 20. The aisles are 42” wide on the long sides – much wider at the ends of the island.
I have included a PDF of most everything that is in the room. If I forgot anything and you want to know what it is let me know. If I have the answer I will let you know.
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I LOVE my craft room. It is my happy place. I love to create. But, the best part for me is the opportunity to create and give it away – I love to give my stuff away! I hope you enjoy my room……come and craft with me. Don’t forget to watch the ‘Craft Room Organization and Tour’ video above. Hopefully this will give you a few craft room organization ideas. Nothing like a neat and clean craft room. Right?!
If you have any questions or comments contact me. I will try and answer them in a timely manner.