This can be a very tough room for some people (me included).  Some people spend years collecting all sorts of tools and supplies to do a myriad of different projects.  Then nothing happens because life gets in the way of taking the time to sit down and do it.  Studio spaces can easily become a dumping ground for half started projects, and grand ideas.  It is difficult to figure out where to start, but just begin with one surface first…maybe it’s the floor.

I sit in amongst my collected clutter looking around and not knowing where to start.  The room is a disaster.  I don’t even like coming in and painting here anymore.  It is chaos.  But I reach over and pick up a book, and put it where it goes.  Next is a little pile of mat board, too small to do much with so I place them in a little pile to donate to the school.  One thing at a time I look at and decide either where it goes or where it doesn’t. –KB

In this room follow the same system you did for the kid’s space.  Place like items together.  If you have one certain craft keep all the supplies for that craft together.  Bins work very well for this and you can stack them neatly if you have a lot of different things you work on.

Keep your tools together.  Trying to keep a pair of scissors with each different craft you do can get frustrating when all of a sudden you need scissors for something different and then you are stealing from another craft bin.  Coffee tins work really well for holding things like scissors, rulers, paintbrushes, knitting needles.  Keeping markers in a plastic bin with an air-tight seal will make them last longer.

Work surfaces are for working on so try to keep them from getting cluttered up with things you don’t use all the time.  Keeping things put away in bins and on shelves keeps the space uncluttered and ready for you to work on waiting projects.  If your studio space is small and you have lots of stuff, try storing vertically.  Get higher shelving units to store items.

Go through all those projects you’ve put on yourself to get done and decide which ones you really want to complete.  List them so that you can schedule when you will get working on them.  There is no use keep them hanging around if they never get done.

Good Luck!!

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11 Responses to DAY 24 – Organizing Your Craft Room, Studio, Workshop

  1. Kathleen Ernst says:

    You’ve been peeking in my windows! This is the hardest room to keep organized! But I started and feels better already!

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  3. Karen Biko says:

    Glad that you’ve been able to get to it. It took me a while, but I stuck with it and was reasonable. I’m excited to show my results!

  4. Karen says:

    Solid information… This is my First time to this site. Greatful for sharing . I am going to bookmark this site. I was a room specialist for years. My home decorating tip of the week is this: Please do not crowd a room. A good spacing is a must. Thanks again….

  5. My crafting room is a mess right now. It is so unorganized. It is my fought because I acquire a lot of material over the years. Thank you for the information I will give it a try

  6. Thia51 says:

    I’ve been working on my space for the past two weeks (that’s what got me into reading this)and one thing I wish I would have done is to take some “before” photos to keep reminding myself that I AM making progress! Plus, once I’m done, I could put it side-by-side with the “after” as an accomplishment worth noting!

  7. admin says:

    Great idea Thia! Seeing what you have accomplished works as a great reminder to keep it that way as well!

  8. Nancy says:

    Help! I have a tiny craft room and I can’t seem to get it the way I want it. Before Christmas I started a project and started pulling out paper, stickers, pictures and etc. Then friends and family gave me stuff that I really like for my crafts projects and now it is a mess. I want so much to get it organized again because I can’t find anything any more. I feel lost if I can’t spend some time crafting each week. When I go in my craft room I almost cry and don’t know where to start. I love every kind of craft you can think of.

  9. Karen Biko says:

    You sound like a Kindred spirit to me. I have the same problem when I walk into my studio…It’s a mess of scrounged materials, and supplies that I have collected over the years. One of the things that I tried doing was putting things in some boxes. I bought some flatter Ikea file boxes and organized things. I have stickers in one, interesting images in another, embellishments in another. This was just the first step. I also sorted through the crafts….sometimes you just have to make a choice. What crafts will I actually do, and which ones can I let go.

    This is an important step. At this point, the chances of me creating any more scrapbooks are pretty slim (what with decluttering and all). But I still love all the paper and bits for other projects. I did go through and let many things go, and with a good feeling that some children at a day care will love to use them. I hope this helps…just remember that if you try to do all the crafts, you likely won’t get any done. Let some of them go and you can concentrate on your most favorite.