Crafting spaces are notoriously catch-ails for clutter. Whether it’s scrap fabric, wayward tools, or storage for finished projects, check out these thirteen ideas to tidy, organise, and beautify your creative spaces.
- Stack Your Shelves: Storage is crucial, but most of us don’t have space for sprawling cabinets. Instead, use stackable storage cubes or floating shelves to keep your supplies visible but out of the way.
- Creativity on Display: Use a hanging corkboard to pin up fabric swatches, sketches, ideas and images that inspire. Not only does it keep you organised, it’s a great way to display your creative process.
- Fold it Away: Plenty of table space is crucial for laying out patterns and cutting your fabric, but it also takes up a lot of room. Invest in table that folds against the wall, or breaks down flat for easy storage.
- Shed a Little Light: No one likes to craft in the dark! Try to set aside a space with lots of natural light to craft in, but even in bright, sunny studios, task lights can make fiddly details less of a challenge.
- Out of Sight, Out of Mind: It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s actually better to keep your supplies out in the open where you can see them than to hide them away. This will keep you from buying duplicate items and help use up leftovers.
- Sort by Colour: It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s actually better to keep your supplies out in the open where you can see them than to hide them away. This will keep you from buying duplicate items and help use up leftovers.
- Think ‘Blank Canvas’: Brightly painted walls can tinge your workspace with unexpected colours, so opt for white or off-white decor when decorating.
- Show Off Your Work!: No matter what you make, your workspace is the perfect place to show it off. Hang your own artwork, display finished items on shelves, or add photos of your pieces to your walls.
- Start Fresh: Whenever you finish a project, take a moment to reset your space. Put tools away, sort the usable scrap fabric from the rubbish, and in general give your workspace a quick once-over. This will keep the mess manageable and make your next project a breeze to get started!
- Keep Storage Centralised: Try to designate one area of your space for supplies, and another for tools, rather than having storage scattered throughout your craft room (and beyond). That way, even if you’re not completely certain where an item is, at least you won’t have far to look!
- Get Comfy: Your crafting space needs to be a comfortable place to work, so make sure your furniture fits the bill. A Comfortable and supportive chair is a must; adjustable is best, so you can change it to suit the needs of different projects.
- Best in Show: If you run a handmade business, having space for your finished items is especially important. Designate a closet or garment rack to hang finished clothes, or use bins to store smaller items to keep them neat and ready to go for your next craft show.
- Mix Things Up: As you discover what does and doesn’t work for you, don’t be afraid to adjust your storage options and layout. Everyone’s creative process is different, and your creative space should reflect YOU!
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