Creativity Checklist: Organize the Craft Closet

3 Feb

January’s task? Organize my craft closet… It was quite the undertaking. For anyone with a craft closet, you can understand. There are just so many little things, groups of things, and even some oddly shaped things to store (where the heck do I keep this huge drink bucket?). So, I started by taking everything out and starting from scratch. Take a peek at the damage!

Before:And the glorious after:
It took pretty much the whole month to get it all organized and there are still a couple of things that I want to add (like another shelf) but those will come down the road.

One of my biggest tips? Ditch your magazines! Magazines are a huge space waster. So while cleaning out our office, I ripped out the articles I loved and slipped them all into a binder with page protectors. This way the things I want to reference again are in one place. And since my grandpa bought me a Nook Color for Christmas I plan on subscribing to most of the magazines I read through there. Even less paper! Hooray!

Another great discovery was hanging storage. You don’t even have to buy anything! I had tons of ribbon and loose cookie cutters that can get jumbled up and cluttered in most storage containers. So, I grouped all my cookie cutters into categories (holidays, shapes, etc.) and hung them the clothing rod in this closet. Now, they are on display, easy to find, and take up way less space. I also used an empty wrapping paper tube to slide on all of my ribbon spools and hung it underneath my cookie cutters. Again, they don’t take up too much space and they even dispense easier! Just roll what you need!

For the bottom of the closet I bought two large storage bins on wheels. One to hold holiday stuff and one to hold business stuff (like glassware). The blue file box was empty in our office, so I turned it into fabric storage.

And finally, my absolute favorite thing that I used to organize my craft closet this month, the piece de resistance: a scrap booking tote… on wheels!

It’s not that I’m a crazy scrap booking lady, but I found this thing at Hobby Lobby a few months ago and fell in love! It has about a zillion pockets, all see through so you can find what you’re looking for. And it. is. perfect. for an on-site event kit. I keep tape, straight pins, safety pins, hot glue gun, hand sanitizer, a flash drive and everything else I’m going to need for a specific event and it all fits perfectly into this cute tote. And hello? It’s on wheels!!! Just roll and you’re good! I seriously love this thing!

One thing off the checklist. What’s February’s item, you ask? Finish the Wedding Projects!!!

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