Many problems existed in this cluttered crafting space: Too much stuff was piled up on surfaces, making it difficult to work and find items; children couldn't reach books and crafts supplies; and Mom's sewing table was overtaken by the kids' artwork and rarely used supplies.
This once haphazard sewing station is now neat and organized, thanks to a new shelving unit and a mix of glass jars, wire baskets, and closed boxes. All containers are easy to access and no longer clutter the sewing table surface. The design was planned with specific zones that separate kid and adult activities.
To begin the decluttering process in your home, start by sorting supplies into broad categories: art supplies, paper, fabric, and sewing accessories. While sorting, ask is whether each item is still usable (i.e. Is the paint or glue dried up? Are the crayons broken? Is the fabric scrap too small?). Get rid of anything that is broken or unusable.
The next step in the sorting process is to determine whether you still use the supplies and how often. Clean out and downsize as much as possible. Get rid of items you haven't used in years, and the result will be a more manageable collection of arts and crafts supplies that your family can begin to organize.
Organized by color in clear boxes, fabric swatches are easy to find and within easy reach of the sewing niche. Shelves below the fabric storage allow kids to access toys, books, and puzzles without assistance. To reflect the room's double duty as work and play, the homeowners traded dark beige walls for a lighter gray hue and added vibrant wallpaper to the back of the sewing niche for a dash of fun color and pattern.
A new shelving system above the desk keeps sewing supplies close to the sewing machine and provides a convenient place for parents to stash crafts supplies they don't want the kids to use without supervision.
Empty the most easy-to-reach spaces in your crafts room, and fill those shelves and drawers with items you use frequently. Organize the space so each item has a designated home to return to.
Nothing is worse than a crowded work space. Desktop organizers help keep work surfaces clean and orderly. A raised shelf expands available storage space. Keep frequently used items atop organizers and items used less often below.
Adjustable shelves above a work space can be reconfigured as needed. You can even add shelves or take them away as you use up and buy new materials and supplies for projects.
Labeled white cardboard boxes separate crafts supplies by category. Ribbons stay untangled when contained in a box; paints are stored upside down to show off their colors.
In a corner near the sewing niche, a storage cabinet stylishly corrals art supplies for kids. Deep drawers hold drawing utensils and Play-Doh, while shallow shelves store finished artwork, as well as drawing and construction paper.
In an ever-changing display that personalizes the crafts room, a grid of wall-hung clipboards uses vertical space and gets the children's art off the table and on the wall.
Inside the crafts cabinet, clearly labeled shallow shelves store each child's in-progress and finished works. Bottom shelves neatly hold paper supplies and baskets containing coloring books.
Clear plastic bins corral Play-Doh and crayons. They can be easily transported to a work surface in the center of the room and placed back without fuss.