For maximum craft supply organization in a small space, a craft storage cart is the way to go!
Have you ever been totally overwhelmed by your craft supplies? Well, I have! I don’t know about you, but after the holidays were over, my supplies that I used for making gifts were all out of whack and everywhere. Add to that the supplies that my awesome family got me for Christmas, and it was total chaos! And when my area is a mess, I don’t feel creative and have no desire to work on anything, which is a huge bummer for me.
This cart from Ikea was what I was working with for storage for my more frequently used supplies. And it totally was not working for me anymore. I had outgrown it, it was hard to roll, and there really was no efficient organization happening with just three shelves and no smaller compartments.
As someone who does not have a dedicated craft room and limited space for my projects, I am constantly on the lookout for creative storage and organization solutions. On one of my regular trips to my local Habistore, I totally hit the jackpot!
The Habistore, also known as ReStore in some areas, is a thrift store ran by Habitat for Humanity that carries home improvement supplies and furniture, among other things. I’ve found the Habistore to be a great resource for all kinds of home improvement projects, craft project supplies, furniture, lighting, and more. Keep it in mind when you’re looking for things along these lines or when you’re ready to get rid of something. Not only do they have great deals, but you’ll be supporting a great cause.
I came across this awesome cart for only $50! Now, some people may just see a cart that belongs in a store holding products, but I saw the most glorious craft supply cart of all time. This thing is sturdy, tall, has many different compartments, great wheels, the shelves come apart, and the dividers can be moved. Considering the cart from Ikea cost $30, this commercial-grade cart that is at least 4 times larger was a total steal.
Now that I had the perfect storage device, I took a few hours and got everything sorted out. I’ve boiled my process down to hopefully help those in the same boat.
The first thing I did was purge things that I didn’t need, which, I’ll be honest, was not a whole lot. As I’m sure many of you are, I tend to be a keeper of all things craft and art related. It’s definitely my weak spot as far as minimalism is concerned because I never know what I’m going to need, what I’m going to come back to, and where my ideas are going to take me. Knowing this about myself, I strive to make the most of my space and keep things organized.
2. Group and Categorize
Then I grouped things into categories based on project type and supply type. I decided where they would go on the cart based on frequency of use. I put things that I knew I would be using often on the top and the things that I used the least on the bottom.
Smaller items got containers of their own. As I mentioned in my toy organization post, these containers do not have to be fancy or expensive. I often use plastic food containers for storage and boxes. Mason jars are also really great to store smaller craft supplies in. Plus, I think they are really cute and they are affordable as well.
When it comes to organizing your crafts supplies, one thing that I highly recommend to people who have limited space is to make things portable. Whether it’s with wheels, like a craft storage cart, or totes that are easily moved, it’s nice to be able to get your stuff out and put it back easily. I’ve noticed that even since having the Ikea cart, I have created a lot more often because I can quickly roll out my supplies when I have some time and put them away when I’m finished.
It’s not necessary to put everything on a craft storage cart or make everything portable, but if you have a project that you’re working on, it’s great to have all of those supplies in one place, like in a current project tote. If you’re like me, sometimes it takes a while to complete bigger things, and I have to work in stages when small people are sleeping or out of the house. So having things easily stashable is important so that things do not get ruined by said small people.
5. Get Creative!
Keeping in mind that you may not find a cart like this and that, even if you did, it may not work for your space or your supplies, if you’re looking to step up your craft supply organization, there are different options. Keep your eyes out for good deals on things like shelving systems, dressers, desks, totes, bins, things of that nature. Be creative! Think about pieces that you find in different ways and how they could work for you.
Go Forth and Organize!
No post found!