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Start 2020 as you mean to go on: with a clean craft room! Stocking up on craft supplies for the new year is a no brainer, but what do you do with all of your yarns and dies when they arrive at home? It’s easy to let your craft room spiral into a no-go zone, so why not start this year by clearing out the mess and creating a brilliantly organised space? That way, you’ll spend less time searching for the scissors and more time dreaming up wonderful new projects.
You know what they say: a place for everything and everything in its place. The first step to organising your craft room is ensuring that every skein of yarn and stack of papers has a place to go when not in use. Luckily, since we’re crafters, this is the fun part! Fabric buckets, baskets and totes are great for organising odds and ends. Try out the Simplicity Bucket, Basket & Tote Organizers Sewing Pattern 8107 to get started, and you’ll be able to see the floor again in no time!
It’s no help storing all of your crafting supplies away in cupboards and organisers if you can’t find them later. Leave your label maker behind and turn this practical task into another fun project. Once you’ve picked an organiser, like the Six Penny Memories Prym Sewing Storage Organiser, grab your die cutting machine and Hunkydory’s Whopper Topper Nesting Dies - Fancy Label. These labels are perfect for ensuring you create a crisp edge every time, and with eight different sizes there will be one to fit every storage container.
There is nothing worse than trying to sort out a tangled mess of ribbon. Keep all of your spools separated and organised with Cutting Craftorium’s creative ribbon holder project. All you need to get started is the Cutting Craftorium Creative Clutter USB and CD ROM, and you’ll be able to create one of your own in less than an hour! Simply thread the ribbon through the hole and hide the spool inside.
Dies are cunning little things – they’re so easy to misplace and lose! Keep your collections safe and sound by storing metal dies on magnetic sheets. Then, stick these inside a stylish box, like the Paper Boutique’s Die Storage Box with Magnetic Sheets - Lavender. This pretty floral box includes space on the spine where you can write which collections are inside. Or, if you want to keep your dies and stamps together, Crafter's Companion Small Die and Stamp Storage Folder is a standout solution. The handy binder is perfect for crafting on the go!
Turn your walls into versatile storage space with wooden pegboard sheets. Once you stick these up, you’ll be able to hang shelves, baskets, buckets, or even your favourite pair of scissors or measuring tape so that all of your most-used supplies are within reach. Plus, you can paint yours to whichever shade fits your craft room best!
As the area where most of your crafting actually takes place, your craft room desk is another essential area to organise. Make sure that everything you’ll need is nearby without being in the way with Pinflair’s Desk Tidy. This easy-to-make organiser is perfect for holding pens, coloured pencils, tape, glue and scissors. All you need to do is stick the elements together with strong paper glue and cover with fabric or paint so that it matches your room.
Once you tidy up your craft room, you’ll need to create a system to sort all of your finished projects until you give them away or put them out on display. Kristine McKay’s birthday card organiser is just the thing for avid papercrafters. This simple design will become the go-to space to store your pre-made birthday cards so that you’ll never miss a loved one’s birthday or have to scramble to finish a card in time.