Living in a small house, space is at a premium. We simply don’t have room for things that aren’t regularly used or essential. But of course, as we all know, craft supplies are absolutely essential. In fact, if it came right down to it, I’d get rid of some of my clothes to make room for my craft supplies if I had to. Priorities, I have them! 😉 So I just have to be super creative when it comes to organizing my craft supplies so that they’ll fit in a small space (and so that I don’t have to give up my entire wardrobe)!
These steps are really helpful for storing your craft supplies in a small space. They’re the same steps I used to get my craft supplies under control and organize my craft stash. I don’t think that having a small place to store your craft supplies or having no craft room at all should stop anyone from creating beautiful, unique crafts. We just have to get crafty with the space that we do have!
How to Store Your Craft Supplies in a Small Space
1. Declutter, declutter, declutter! The first step to take when storing your craft supplies in a small space is to purge and declutter. This is absolutely the most important part of being able to fit your craft supplies in a small space. This step-by-step guide will take you through the process of decluttering your craft supplies if you need some extra guidance. (It also includes some pictures of my own craft stash decluttering for added inspiration!)
When you’re storing craft supplies in a small space, you really need to be picky about what stays and what goes. It’s really easy to let craft cutter get out of control, and in a small space, it gets out of control quickly. So make sure to give your craft stash a good cleaning and go through your supplies often to get rid of things you don’t need or won’t use. Make your craft supplies fit in the space you have, not the other way around.
2. Measure your space and find an organization system that fits. One of my favorite ways to fit craft supplies in a small space is to use a cubby or bookshelf. This allows you to organize everything on the shelves, and if you ever want to rearrange your furniture, it can be easily moved around. I use this nine cube organizer, and it holds all of my craft supplies nicely. It fits inside a closet, so it doesn’t even take up space in our living area.
You can also check out yard sales and thrift stores for a good deal on old shelves. Usually they just need a coat of paint and they’re good as new. To keep everything nicely organized on the shelves, I recommend some containers, bins, or baskets. Most shelving units have some sort of basket that fits right on the shelf, like my blue fabric drawers, but you don’t need to be limited to just those. You can easily make your own from a cardboard box!
If your space is too small for even a little shelf, you might use clear plastic bins that will fit in whatever nooks and crannies you have hidden around your home. Before I switched to using my cube shelf, I used these bins for a long time. Now I use them to store my holiday decorations!
3. Arrange your craft supplies on your shelves or chosen storage system. To get the most out of your space, make sure to arrange everything so it fits exactly to a T. Fold your fabric so it’s the same size as your shelves. See how much of a difference doing something simple like folding fabric (and a little decluttering) makes?
Try to keep like craft supplies together so they’re easy to find and put away. If you’re using baskets, boxes, or bins, make sure to keep everything inside them neatly organized. Label the boxes so you can easily see what’s inside without rooting around every time you need something. Leave a little extra space so you’ll have room if you need to add a few things to your craft stash.
4. Keep your craft stash organized and under control. To ensure your craft stash doesn’t outgrow its space, give it a good decluttering on a regular basis and get rid of things you won’t use. Plan projects to use up any extra supplies that you have. And when you go to the store, make sure to only buy the craft supplies that you’ll need for your specific project.
If you’d like to take a peek into my system, here’s how I organize my craft supplies in a small space. I have this nine cube organizer that I fit all of my craft supplies into. Basically if it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t stay. The organizer fits inside my closet perfectly, though it looks nice enough that it could be out in the open if I had the space.
My sewing machine sits on top with my basket of current crafts I’m working on, as well as a container full of seashells. Because who doesn’t need a container full of seashells? (Such is life when you live by the seashore!)
On the first row of shelving, I have my fabric, felt, and sewing supplies. I’ve saved a bit of space by folding the fabric to the same dimensions as the shelves. I fit all of my sewing accessories into this scrapbook container, and it fits perfectly on the shelves of my organizer. My cutting mat slides behind the organizer for easy, out-of-sight storage.
The fabric drawers hold my paint, glue, ribbons, yarn, wine corks, paper, and any other random craft supplies I have. They easily slide in and out so I can find what I’m looking for, and they’re nice for hiding some of the random craft supplies that we always seem to have around.
And there you have it! Though I don’t have room for a ton of stuff, I find that I have the perfect amount of room for the stuff I do need and use on a regular basis. So, how do you organize your craft supplies in a small space? Give me all the details in the comments! If you’d like some more ideas for organizing your craft stash and making it look beautiful and magazine worthy, you can check out the posts of my craft stash organization series right here:
Part 1: How to Declutter Your Craft Supplies and Make Room for the Good Stuff
Part 2: How to Choose the Perfect Organizer for Your Craft Supplies
Part 3: How to Organize Your Craft Supplies and Make Your Craft Stash a Show-Stopper
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