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8 Tips for More Organized Crafting

Try these creative ideas for a more organized workspace


From making room for a creative order to adding quirky and fun details --- these ideas will help you achieve an organized space perfect for your hobby.

Styling by Arlene Sanchez-Maslog. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Getting Crafty") in the October 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App ( now! Log on to for more details.  

1. Make room for creative order. - Instead of putting your craft items in different areas, choose one location - preferably near your workspace - to store everything in.

- Like in any project, clear out your workspace. Take everything out of the cabinets and cubbyholes and place it in plain sight.

- Make an inventory of your items and throw out excess materials, like scraps of wire, thread or ribbon that cannot be re-used, single beads without any matching pieces, etc.

- Gather the remaining reusable materials and group them by craft (scrapbooking materials, beading materials, etc.)

- Assign a specific storage area or container for each craft group and put it in place.
2. Use hangers to store ribbons and fabrics. Scraps of ribbons and fabrics can be organized using a hanger. You may hold them in place with clothespins. You can also organize it by color or string spools onto a shoelace to create an attractive and functional piece for your space.
3. Utilize a corkboard. Corkboards can hold smaller items like spare buttons, beads, ribbons, and fabric -- just make sure to put them inside small zip-lock bags. You may also add your inspiration for a project and tack a couple of magazine clippings and fabric swatches.
4. Make room for your kids' supplies. Separate your kids' arts supplies by placing them in tackle boxes. By doing this, you can also ensure that they are safe from toxic materials and paints.
5. Re-purpose jelly jars. Re-purpose used jelly jars for storing craft supplies. Keep the look uncluttered and uniform by using jars with white or gold covers only.
6. Use a plastic caddy. A plastic caddy is an ideal, easily accessible storage tool for your painting supplies. No need to worry about brushes getting damaged as long as you store it in a shelf with enough headroom. It's handy too as you can just grab the paint caddy and bring it to wherever inspiration strikes you.
7. Create a junk jar. Before throwing away your leftovers from an old craft project, keep them in a big plastic jar or container. You don't know when you might need a little accent for a greeting card or when wrapping a present.
8. Use clear books for your paper supplies. Slip your paper supplies into clear books to make it easier to look for them. You may also organize it by color. Using clear books may also avoid creases and dog-ears.

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