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Craft Room Organization

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Warning: these pictures aren't the prettiest. My craft room is fairly small, so it was hard to back up enough to get a good shot. And there's only one small window, so the lighting isn't great. But still, I'm proud of myself for starting to get organized and I wanted to share the proof with you guys--pretty or not! The beginning of a new year is always a good reminder to do some (much needed) cleaning and organization, and this year I decided to tackle my craft room first. I got this storage cabinet almost exactly two years ago, and at the time it was perfect for storing all my craft supplies. But over the last couple years I've accumulated a lot more stuff, and this poor little cabinet was overflowing. Trying to find anything in there was stressful, and often unsuccessful.

Craft cabinet - before

Here are a couple before shots. Yikes. Such a mess.

Getting my craft room organized

To get started, I went to Michaels and picked out a bunch of storage supplies. They have great options for craft rooms of all sizes, including a new line of organization product called Cre8ted Spaces.

Getting organized with Michaels

The first thing I did was take everything out of the cabinet and arrange like items together in piles. Sometimes, cleaning up a mess requires making an even bigger mess at first! Then I put those piles into clear plastic bins and labeled them--stamps, ribbons, glue, etc. I love that I can see the contents of the bins at a glance, plus they stack really nicely since they're all the same size. Much better than the random cardboard boxes I was using before. 

Craft room organization

Next, I hung up a wall organizer for all my display-worthy craft supplies, like washi tape, baker's twine, and craft paint. It's like an upgraded version of this DIY project I made awhile ago!

Wall organizer for craft supplies

Then I put an organizer cube on the tabletop, for papers, cardstock, and envelopes.

Getting organized for the new year

After those changes, the cabinet was looking a lot less crammed. I got rid of everything I wasn't planning to use anymore, and reorganized what was left.

Craft cabinet - after

I know this picture is kind of dark, but seriously, it's sooo much better than before! It's funny how simple changes can make a really big difference. I don't feel stressed out when I open that cabinet anymore. Everything has a place!

Craft room orgnanization

I'm also hoping that getting organized will be extra motivation for me to do more crafts in 2016. I feel like I lost some of my energy for DIY projects over the last year, partially because I never seem to have extra time, and partially because we're starting to outgrow our house and I don't want to fill it with more stuff, just for the sake of churning out projects. But at the same time, I want to keep crafting, because I really do love being creative and making things myself. One thing I've been thinking about is trying to do more crafts just for fun, not necessarily for a blog post...so there's no pressure to take photos with good lighting, and I can work on them at a relaxed pace, while watching a show at night or whatever.

Cleaning up my craft room | At Home in Love

Another goal of mine is to tackle more areas of my house throughout this year...the next in line is my guest room!

Have you been bit by the new year organizing bug? If so, what room(s) have you been working on so far?

If you don’t know where to begin, you can always take a look at some of the fun storage projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 makers’ ideas on The Glue String for tips on designing, organizing and decorating their favorite places!

Thanks to Michaels for partnering with me on this post.

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  1. Posted by Susan M. on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

    Super cute! My craft desk is also a random mish-mosh of random shoe boxes and things- I should try this out :)
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

      You should! Switching from shoe boxes to those small clear bins seriously made the biggest difference.
  2. Posted by Catherine Furness on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

    Wow! You are an inspiration! It looks great. I really need to start organising my own craft / jewellery making supplies in to some sort of order but I hate it when you reach that point of no return where every box is empty and you can't see the carpet for clutter! I feel spurred on by your post and am determined to tackle my storage before the end of the month - if you want to make an omelette you need to break some eggs!
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

      Aww, thank you so much Catherine! I was definitely at that point, where the whole floor was covered with clutter. The good thing is, once you're there, there's no backing out! P.S. I've never heard that omelette analogy...I LOVE it.
  3. Posted by Debbie on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

    Love what you did! A place for everything AND be sure to put everything back in it's place :). Being this organized, it really does make it fun to work on projects. You can easily find what you need, and quickly clean up. You did a wonderful job!
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, January 15th, 2016

      Thanks, Debbie! Yes, that is the key, haha--remembering to put everything BACK in it's place so it stays nice and neat.
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