Written by Debra Wyatt (last updated July 1, 2021)
When it comes to crafts and hobbies it is always best to keep the items together, in the room that they will be used. This helps to keep the creative energy moving in the right direction. If the area is disorganized or even chaotic it makes it difficult to keep focused.
If one is so lucky to have that special craft room and the whole room is devoted to either crafts or hobbies then you are truly lucky. This article, however, is dealing with keeping materials organized in limited space and wanting to stay organized with your craft and hobby materials.
You may feel that there is no room or space to call your own. Be creative, however, and you can find an area to call your own. For instance, use one of the closets as a work area or the space under the stairs. You may even have to claim an area of a room and designate that spot as the craft/hobby area. This can be done by arranging furniture in such a way that the craft/hobby is separated from the rest of the room.
Organize this area so that everything has a place, then you can put everything in its place. When it comes to organizing your work area you may need to invest in some storage supplies. Do this by planning out the area. Go through all the items that need to be stored and group them together. After looking at all the different groups, buy storage containers so that you have enough containers to put all the supplies away. Store all the similar items together. Label the boxes so that you know what is inside them with a quick glance.
If you need more space consider putting shelves on the walls. This gives you a lot more space to store your projects, along with the supplies. Storing your stuff in well-marked boxes makes putting the project away easier. This makes working on your next project easier because everything is where it is supposed to be. Keep in mind as you are organizing that you also want to have your tools within easy reach. Getting up every time that you need something will take away time from doing your craft or hobby.
Don't forget the workstation; this is a must. The workstation doesn't have to be anything special just as long as it will allow you to work on your project. This can be a table from a second-hand store. Something that is old works best. That way if you spill some paint or on it you won't be upset. This space should always be kept clear of clutter. It is a worktable for your crafts and hobbies.
Leave enough time at the end of your craft/hobby time to pick up and put all the tools away to where they belong, so they are there when you need them next time.
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