The Small-Space Craft Room You Didn't Know You Needed

Get crafty with your craft room. 

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All this week, we're sharing simple ways you can live better in 2017. We're swapping unrealistic resolutions for quick, doable solutions to all your home hang-ups, from organizing to tech to a healthier kitchen. You won’t believe how easy it is to start small!

Resolutions can be a good thing, but sometimes they feel a little too serious. And when that unfortunate day comes when you break your resolution (for me it’s usually within the first week if I bother to come up with one at all), all you feel is disappointment, shame and total defeat. That’s why we’re skipping the resolutions and instead focusing on small, simple ways to make this year a better year than the last. 

For example, is your goal this year to kick the clutter? Take your time, and assess what amount of “clutter” works for you before overhauling EVERYTHING in the house.

Cluttered, Full Closet With Hanging Clothes and Shoe Shelves

Cluttered, Full Closet With Hanging Clothes and Shoe Shelves

A great way to declutter your home is to get rid of clothing you're not wearing. Donate or sell any items of clothing you've had for more than a year without wearing. You'll clear out much needed space in your closet allowing you to be better organized and have easier access to the items you do use.

Or maybe you feel like electronics are taking over your life, and it’s time for a tech turn off. Instead, simply clean up your phone. Keep the apps to a minimum (only what you really need and actually use). Try to limit and be more aware of the amount of time you spend on your phone instead of feeling bad every time you start browsing.

Tips to Declutter Your Phone or Tablet

Tips to Declutter Your Phone or Tablet

Organize your apps into specific folders to easily locate them.

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And if your big plan this year involves unleashing your creative side, you don’t have to spend a fortune remodeling an entire room into the craft space of your dreams. Though if that’s an option, consider me jealous! All it really takes is a flat work surface, your favorite crafting supplies and a little wall space. Check it out!

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Optimize craft station organization by going vertical with picture frames.

It’s really that easy, folks. That’s why this project is so ideal for the new year. It’s inexpensive to get started, would take less than a day to accomplish, and you’ll be ready to craft in no time. Bonus? If in six months, you decide crafting isn’t the passion you’d hoped it would be, you can quickly transform your crafting space into whatever new activity your heart desires (totally guilt free). So here’s to a happier, healthier and less demanding New Year!

This Is the Craft Room You've Been Dreaming About

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From Bedroom to Craft Room Heaven

After 10 years of crafting at a folding table in her Mather, CA, garage, Regina Easter finally got a room of her own when her oldest son left for college and she converted his bedroom into her dream studio. She ripped up the carpet in the 14-foot-by-14-foot room and replaced it with hardwood floors, then painted the walls Mint Whisper by Valspar.

Photo By: John Merkl

Creating A Dream Craft Room

Next, Regina filled boxes, baskets, and jars with all the supplies she could ever need, from paper punches to pushpins, and organized them on shelves and in cabinets. Even if you don't have a room dedicated to DIY, you’re bound to find some crafty ideas for storing and sorting in this space.

Photo By: John Merkl

Organize Ribbon by Color in Drawers

Ribbons wrapped around pieces of cardboard take up less space than spools. A heart sticker on each drawer front corresponds with the ribbon color inside.

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Put Paper in Magazine Holders

Stacks of letter-size colored paper look neat in white magazine holders from IKEA.

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Store Leftover Ribbon in Jars

Ribbon pieces that are shorter than a yard and a half go in 8-inch glass jars from World Market and are organized by color. Regina wraps them around wood doll pins from Hobby Lobby and secures each piece with a rubber band.

Photo By: John Merkl

Sort Buttons Two Ways

There’s never any fishing around for the right button—Regina’s supply is separated by size and color. She keeps bigger buttons in 5-inch jars from crafts stores. Smaller ones and other tiny trinkets go in 3-inch spice jars.

Photo By: John Merkl

Use a Kitchen Island as a Crafts Table

The 50-inch-by-31-inch IKEA island has two shelves for storage. To protect the wood top, Regina keeps it covered with a fresh sheet of butcher paper taped across the work space.

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Make a Rubber Stamp Display

To quickly find stamps, Regina stores wood blocks with their pictures facing out on CD shelves from amazon.com.

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Set Up Scrapbook Paper Like Stores Do

Sheets of 12-inch-by-12-inch scrapbook paper are separated by color in cubbies. Six stacks fit in each cubby, thanks to clear plastic stacking trays from amazon.com.

Photo By: John Merkl

Turn a Door Into a Wrapping Center

An over-the-door Elfa organizer from The Container Store keeps gift wrap, tissue paper, and gift bags from cluttering up the closet.

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Create a Sewing Station

Instead of burying spools of thread in a basket, Regina hung a fabric-store thread rack (June Tailor Mega-Rak II, $50, joann.com) on the wall for easy access. Piles of folded fabrics and spools of lace sit on shelves near the thread rack.

Photo By: John Merkl

Make Your Own Storage

This spinning caddy is actually built of a lazy Susan, cake pans, and candlesticks hot-glued together. To keep baker’s twine from tangling, Regina drilled a hole into each metal jar lid so one end of the twine can poke out.

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Designate a Glitter Spot

Tiered makeup holders from a beauty supply store keep glitter in order inside a drawer. The vials are lined up tightly so they don't roll around.

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Corral Rolls of Tape

A vintage silverware carrier is the perfect size for washi tape. Regina spray-painted it light blue and filled it with an assortment of styles and sizes.

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