Friday, January 13, 2017

craft room storage & organization: part 1 + a giveaway!

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED**

The start of a new year always motivates me to get organized and set some goals. Some of those goals are crafty, of course. And what really motivates me to get in my craft space and make stuff, is getting my stash organized and under control. I shared some tips and storage options for craft room organization on Studio 5 recently, and along with that I've got a giveaway!


Check out an overview of those organization tips and storage options below, then scroll down and find out how to enter the giveaway.

This post is part 1 of 2. If you'd like to see part 2, CLICK HERE.

Here are three steps to getting your craft stash under control so you'll feel inspired to create some projects this year:

Dump & Purge

Start by getting all your supplies out and dumping them onto a table, or the floor. You may need to do this in sections if you have a lot of supplies. Make a "keep" pile, a "give away" pile and a "trash/recycle" pile. Before deciding to keep something, ask yourself the following questions: 1) Do I really love it? 2) Have I used it in the last 6 months? 3) Will I use it in the next 6 months?

Generally you won't use it at all if you haven't used it within a year, so give yourself permission to give it away to someone else, or to get rid of it.

Sort & Organize

Once you have a stash that you love and know you will use, sort and organize it into groups that will work with your creative process. For example, if you create projects based on a color scheme, sort things that way; if you create seasonal projects, sort items by season, etc. You may need to organize parts of your stash in different way, depending on how you create.

Contain & Place

Now to the fun part! Having your items sorted and organized lets you see how many containers and what types you need. Think about what kind of containers you prefer--open vs closed, visible vs nonvisible, stylish vs functional--and then get to work containing your supplies and placing them where they will be most useful to you. Things you use most often might be better to place on your workspace within arm's reach.

Stylish Storage Options for Crafters


One of the tips I shared on Studio 5 is to think outside the "storage box" for fun and stylish storage options for your home office, work space, or craft room. Crate Paper has a darling line of craft and office storage supplies that I shared on the air and I'd love to share some of them with you too!



This wire grid panel comes with some hardware for hanging, or you can place it on your work surface and lean it up against a wall. Use S hooks and binder clips for hanging mason jars, baskets, bins, tools, metal rods, and so much more.





Place small embellishments or office supplies in this beautiful ceramic organizer. Why spend months searching vintage markets and yard sales for a vintage muffin tin when you can grab one of these lovelies?


Store stickers, die cuts, and ephemera in these darling berry containers. I love the vintage-inspired look of these functional and stylish baskets.


These would be great to keep out on your work surface filled with your favorite new embellishments to keep them fresh in your mind so you remember to use them on a project.


I know sometimes I'm more likely to remember what I have in my stash if I can see it.


Crate Paper Craft Room Storage Giveaway


To help motivate you, my awesome friends, to get organized and creating this year I'm giving away select items from the Crate Paper Craft and Office Storage line.


If you'd like to be considered for this giveaway, comment below telling me what you would store in these lovely containers from Crate Paper. Comments will remain open until Sunday, Jan 15 at midnight MT. I'll announce a random winner on Monday, Jan 16th. Giveaway open to US addresses only please. Good luck, and don't forget to check back to see if you won!


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41 comments:

Cynthia Baldwin said...

These products are awesome! So pretty to look at, and so functional. I have tons of little embellishments that need organization, like this...wood veneers, journal cards die cuts... I've got some nice little stacks of this stuff, but when it comes time to add them to my projects, it's so much better if I can SEE the things I have! Thanks for highlighting these cool items!

Samantha Taylor said...

I need a way to organize my stickers. These would be perfect!

Amber said...

Love these! They would definitely be a benefit to help organize a craft room!

Kathy Stone said...

I'd fill them with all my various paper crafting supplies in my newl laundry/craft room! It would add such a nice touch to a normally dreary chore! It would make me WANT to do laundry (while I craft 😊)

angie blackburn said...

Adorable! I recently acquired a lot of new embellishments from a friend and these would be perfect to get them all organized!!

The Ross Family said...

These containers are darling! I would fill them with all my cute paper and fun embellishments! Such a great way to organize and inspire at the same time!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, so cute! I would put my embellishments in these. These products are awesome! My craft room is a disaster haha

Lisa said...

I am loving any of the organizing items that can hold my 12x12 paper. I always have projects in progress on my desk that need a place to be put temporarily away when life or crafting gets inturrupted by other things. Which happens all of the time!!! I'm just getting ready to purge all of the paper that I have had for too long and need a place to keep the beautiful paper that I LOVE!!! Thank you for this opportunity to become organized! Your spot on studio5 was inspiring!! 💗 THANK YOU!!! 😍

CynniS said...

Love,love! My son just moved out and now his room will be my expanded craft space. I can't wait to get it organized and display all my papers and fun embellishments! So inspiring!

Michelle Christensen said...

I would Sooooo love to organize all my 12/12 papers and all the little spaces to put my beads, string, tools etc. Really awesome!

Elda said...

I have a variety of craft supplies that I would store in these darling containers. This has inspired me to become more organized in such a fun exciting way. Love these containers.

Michelle J. said...

I would put my Valentine card-making supplies in them!

C Trimble said...

I would use it for all my Project Life stuff! I would finally have a clean table!!!

Lila Rosana said...

I am in love with this giveaway! And I'll put my die cuts, my clips, my tags and every small and big thing and cute as well, thing inside and on those amazing stuffs. And the best thing is: everything will organized in a beautifully way.

Patricia Louise Ramos said...

Omg! <3 i would love to put my sticers, tapes, clips and ither craft materials on that. I really need those to start reogranizing things in my room

JanB. said...

My washi tape and ribbon is out of control -- would love to use these for that storage. Thanks!

Jamie Frizzell said...

Such a fun line! I would store my crafting odds and ends that need a prettier place to live!

Shelly Rasske said...

What great products, I would use them to store some of my embellishments and that berry box would be perfect place to keep the adhesives I use the most.

craftymom205 said...

I would store small embellishments like rhinestones and brads. Could also use it to store washi tape.

DianaJ said...

What a fun way to store crafts supplies. I love the colors. To be honest I have things stored and it's like out of sight out mind. This a great system.
thanks for the advise!

Pam said...

I need cute washi tape storage as well as storage for art suoplies that I want accessible. I love the wall storage unit for pretty and functional organization!

Bethany said...

So cute! Saw you on KSL! I would use it to organize my wrapping paper stuff and craft supplies!

Julie M said...

Beautiful! I would put all my small journaling cards and flowers and assorted brads in these beautiful containers.

Jenny Louthan said...

I would love these. I'm currently redoing my craft room/office and these would be great to store all my misc goodies instead of having them jammed in a drawer.

~Emily~ said...

Wowee, it'd be a toss up of either further organizing my home office/craft room, or taking them to work and making all of my co-workers jealous with an extra cute and extra functional cubical!! :)

Taylee Elescano said...

Such cute stuff! I would love to use some of these things to organize my paper and paint supplies.

Debbie said...

I'm in love ....these are perfect! The colors match my new craft room and would certainly help me get set up and back to crafting in no time.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

I would love to store my embellishments here so they are more accessible and I can remember to use them more, thank you for the chance!

Miriam Prantner said...

Love these products, especially the muffin try and berry box. I'd use these to store embellishments so I can keep some out and in view....I feel like I don't embellish enough because things are tucked away in drawers/containers where I can't really see them.

nicole said...

Love these! Great to organize and keep in my sight all the embellishments for current projects!

Karen Anderson said...

These items are beautiful and practical. My craft room would look so pretty. I'd display washi and homemade embellies.

Piroska Czakó-Radványi said...

I would use these containers in my scrapcorner - they would fit perfectly on my table. Love the whole collection ❤️

Dani Z said...

I would like to organize my washi tape and ribbon, as you did in the photo.Also need a convenient way to org my sewing and crafting scissors.

Amber R said...

Fabulous! I recently reorganized my craft room and have been looking for some fun new storage solutions for my 6x6 paper pads and mini embellishments. Would love that wire rack for above my desk, it would be a fabulous way to hang pictures and design team info. Thanks for the chance to win!

Unknown said...

AAh! these would be a huge help in organizing!!

Anita B said...

I absolutely love all this cute storage..xx thanks for the chance to win

Lady Rynn said...

They are sooo cute! I am currently trying to organize my crafting space as that is one of my home businesses and I need to organize it so I can actually use everything. These would be awesome to help me with take on that task. I need help especially with my embellishments and washi tape rolls! What an awesome giveaway!

Kirsten Juenke said...

So inspiring! I definitely use what's out in the open. For me, out of sight, out of mind. Thanks for the chance!

Melody said...

My art journal supplies like paper, stamps, gelatos, glue, scissors. Anything else i can store.

Jennifer Martinez said...

I would like to bring out my brads and small embellishments! You mentioned about using things and purging, sometimes we don't realize all the goodies that go hiding in a drawer or ziplock bag.

StarSpry said...

What beautiful storage items! I would love to use these to keep all my planner supplies handy and accessible. Thanks for the chance to win :)