Organize Craft and Hobby Materials
How do you meet the space-gobbling demands of all the materials and supplies, tools and gizmos involved in the family's craft activities and hobbies? The answer is to get creative: Check out these pointers to keep the necessities under control and maximize storage in your crafting area.
Wallspace: Look up and down the walls to find storage possibilities at the work area. Empty space above and below workstations can be tapped to store most-needed tools and equipment. Wall-mounted organizers keep tools and equipment close at hand. Thread racks, pegboards and shelves inserted in the desk's kneehole area corral small items and store manuals and idea books for easy reference.
In the clear: Clear-view organizers are a crafter's best friends. Their see-through property allows crafters to locate needed items quickly without opening the box. Use mid-sized storage towers with clear drawers to sort and store rubber stamps, embellishments, paints and adhesives.
Because these larger units roll easily beneath tables or desks, they offer an added bonus: they provide handy access to much-used tools while crafting, then allow you to remove supplies from sight when you have finished with them.
Smaller clear storage containers may be used to house eyelets and brads, beads and sequins. Because their contents are easily visible, the busy crafter can quickly pinpoint just the right tiny embellishment, tool or fastener.
Off the peg: They're an oldie but a goody: pegboards. Fabric and craft stores use pegboards to organize and display notions. So should you. Construct pegboards on top of 1-inch-wide spacers, and trim them with molding for a finished, built-in look. Prowl through the hardware store to find specialty hooks to add to the traditional selection of small, straight and curved hooks.
Use pegboards to store scissors and tools, hang hanks of yarn or keep quilting supplies in view. Hang instruction sheets from a document clip suspended from a spare hook to keep directions in front of your eyes but out of your way.
A tisket, a tasket: Flat-bottomed plastic storage baskets have many uses in the crafts room. Use them to create flip-file pattern storage, in which items are stored upright for easy access. Organized by category, you can find that special blouse pattern in record time.
Covered plastic storage containers stack neatly beneath desks or tables. Load them up with works-in-progress. Pile them in unused corners or on closet floors; they're neat, light and easy to locate.
Count on closets: Make the most of closets to store crafts materials. Using commercial organizers, install shelf units to maximize usable space where clothing once hung.
Short or long, fabric lengths can be hung from clothing rods in the closet. So can rotary cutting mats, if you pinch the mat into a hanger designed for skirts or trousers.
Still more room on the clothing rod? Take some clean plastic grocery bags and slip both handles over the rod. The grocery bags will hold light, bulky items such as batting, pillow forms or yarn.
Add rolling drawer towers to closets for maximum use of closet space. See-through drawers sort tools and notions. Stackable units let you squeeze out every cubic inch of crafting storage space.
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Text copyright © 2006, 2010 Cynthia Townley Ewer