If you are a messy crafter, you have undoubtedly wasted a lot of time looking for your pinking sheers or searching for your purple embroidery thread or finding your new bottle of white glue (and you know you bought a new one because you can’t find the other five bottles you bought that are now most likely dried up!).
Save yourself valuable time and unnecessary stress by setting up your craft space so that everything is at your fingertips. Once you have a system in place, you will find that you will do more crafting simply because you will know where everything is!
Start by buying or making a crafters apron with lots of pockets. You can buy a full or half apron at any hardware store or you can make your own and add as many pockets as you need. Then when it’s time to start crafting, you will have your measuring tape, your scissors, your tube of glue or whatever you need right in your pockets. If you use a measuring tape often or glue often buy an extra one to keep in your apron at all times. Other items that you don’t need for each craft can be put in your apron for the day but then stored in it’s dedicated storage space when you are done crafting.
One or two household caddys come in very handy for crafting. These are the plastic caddys with divided sections and a handle. You can stand up your craft tools in the divided sections and just pick up the caddy and carry it with your where ever you want to go!
Small plastic containers are a must for crafters. And you don’t have to spend a fortune buying them. Simply start saving any covered containers like yogurt containers, whipped topping tubs, even empty pill bottles (the pharmacy will give you easy-to-open tops if you ask). Fill plastic containers with things like buttons and beads and fill small pill bottles with things like tiny craft gemstones or sewing needles.
Small plastic containers also need a home so you will really improve your craft space if you have a dresser with drawers that you can devote to crafting supplies. Just look for an old dresser at a yard sale and paint it and pretty it up yourself! Or you can always buy inexpensive stackable drawers at any craft store or Walmart.
Another great way to store craft supplies is to buy cloth shoe racks that you can hang on the back of a door. But instead of hanging them on doors, just put some nails on the wall and have a row of these shoe racks! All the pockets will come in very handy!
If you are into gift wrapping you or use a lot ribbon in your crafts, take some wire hangers and with a good pair of wire cutters just cut into the hanger somewhere at the top of the hanger. Then you can slide spools of ribbon onto the hanger and keep them from getting tangled! And you can hang the hangers from a pole that you put up especially for all your ribbon hangers!
One you start to clean up your craft space you will soon become addicted to the art of “clean crafting.” Just remember, always clean your entire space every day after your crafting session is over. Never leave your craft space messy. Never!
And if you need a few craft ideas you should check out some of my other articles right here on Associated Content. My article titled How to Make a Life-Size Doll Pillow is a terrific project for someone who is just starting out crafting and wants to make something that is quite impressive (no one needs to know it’s easy!). And if you want to try your hand at making different types of homemade glue or paste to use for your crafts you can visit my profile here and do a search for glue or paste in the box that says Search Darlene Michaud’s Published Content.