I’m so excited to reveal the rest of my craft closet with you today! If you read part one of my craft closet reveal , then you got a glimpse of how terribly cluttered it had gotten. If you’re like me, frustration leads to motivation. Needless to say, I was beyond frustrated with the state of my craft closet.
I can totally blame my lack of organization over the past year on being creative.
See…there’s even this free printable from UCreate that justifies it.
Here are some closet organization tips and ideas that I hope will help you get your craft closet from the before to the happily ever after:
1. Make it your own. Remember this is your space to inspire creativity, so make it your own. Add color to the walls, add a stencil – whatever it takes to make it extra special. I decided to paint stripes on the wall so I could add color without having to paint around the existing shelving brackets. Plus, I was determined to have painted stripes somewhere in my home. I alternated the existing flat off-white paint with the light turquoise paint in an eggshell finish from our hall bathroom. To figure out how to do the stripes, I followed the tutorial for painting wall stripes from Beth of Unskinny Boppy. Her tutorial made it super simple to figure out how to space out the stripes for this math-challenged girl. High fives to Beth! Knowing me, if I add that special touch to make a closet functional and beautiful at the same time, I’m more likely to keep it organized.
2. Keep the messy stuff concealed with boxes, baskets and/or bins. I used this same tip in our laundry room for all the things that need to be stored away but not necessarily stored neatly. Since I’ve transferred our CD’s to a hard drive, I reused our old media boxes. They now hold upholstery supplies, large bottles of craft paint, stamping supplies, and larger sewing supplies such as cording. The baskets on the top shelf hold fabric scraps. I can just throw everything in the boxes and bins and it still looks organized.
3. Keep often-used items in clear drawer units. I saved these clear organizers I found at Dollar General for items I use at least once a month. I may go back later on and label the drawers, but since they’re at eye level, I can easily see what’s inside.
4. Store small items in ice cube trays. Ice cube trays are one of my favorite storage solutions for small items since they’re so cheap. I couldn’t resist buying the star-shaped ones on clearance after the 4th of July.
5. Save your back and store heavier items at waist level. This is a tip I learned from working in the health care industry. I’m not getting any younger (or taller, for that matter) so I added a lower shelf to hold the heavier items like the sewing machine. It’s easier on the back to lift from waist level rather than from above your head.
6. Keep it together. It’s common sense, but I wasn’t following my own advice to keep like things together. Half of my fabric and wrapping supplies were stored in our family room. I simply did not have a place to store it all in the closet until I cleared it out and added these bins from Rubbermaid. You can read more about them in this post.
7. Make a wrapping paper and ribbon holder from dowel rods and curtain rod holders. I must admit, this is my favorite part of the closet. I reused curtain rod holders to hold 5/8″ dowel rods to hold wrapping paper and ribbon. Now, it’s neatly stored next to the bins that hold gift bags and bows.
8. Use the valuable real estate on the back of the door. By using the back of the door, I was able to add another 11 square feet of storage space. Maybe, this math-challenged girl knows a little something after all.
I hung a gray portable bin on the back of the door for often-used craft supplies. Below the bin, I hung 1/2 of a shoe organizer for larger items.
A piece of pegboard was put in a frame to hold scissors. Tin cans covered with fabric scraps are used to hold markers and brushes. You can see the tutorial here.
Much better, don’t you agree?
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It just occurred to me the other day that the one-year blogiversary for Simplicity in the South will be coming up on August 12th! Yay! I feel so blessed with all the friendships and support I’ve had from the blogging community along the way. I actually get to meet some of my fellow DIY bloggers in less than 24 hours at the Haven Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. So exciting! I’ll be taking lots of pictures and sharing them on Instagram so you can follow along on all the fun! You can follow all the attendees posting on Instagram with the hashtag #havenconf.