These may not be "new-to-you" tips but I thought I would share how I organized my craft room at the beginning of this year. It made working more productive and more enjoyable because the room was organized and easy to use. I am hoping this will be a "share" and "share alike" post, with people commenting on their favorite tips on crafting, as well as, craft rooms. I am always on the hunt for new and better ideas, so let's hear them! Just some full disclosure... this is a sun room in rental that I am using as a craft room. (It has more issues than VOGUE.) When we move, I am sure my craft room will be the dining room again and that is just fine because we NEVER use the dining room except to do puzzles. I can craft anywhere and I think one of my kid's friends once said, "Dude, every room is your mom's craft room! LOL" SO TRUE, SO TRUE!
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#1. Elevate your workspace. When I would craft for long periods of time, I would get a back ache from bending over my craft table. I found that if I elevated it with milk crates, it made it much more comfortable.
I wrap 3 sides with fabric. I just used carpet tape at the corners and middle to hold it to the table. If I ever need to remove that carpet tape from the table, it might be a problem but for now, it is great at holding it in place.
#2. I keep a holder of my most used items on my work table. Favorite glues, glue guns and rotary cutters.
#3. Keep glue sticks near glue guns. I have two sizes and inevitably, I would find small glue sticks when I needed the big ones and vice versa. I also keep ceramic tiles on my work surface so I can put the hot glue down and not worry about my table top. These ceramic tiles are 16 cents a piece at my local Home Depot. They have a much larger size for around 44 cents a piece and the next time I am in there, I will pick up the larger size.
#4. If you use a cutting mat, it helps to keep the mat, clear cutting guide and rotary cutter together. Here are the mats stored under my table and the guide and rotary cutter are hanging on hooks nearby. (Special note- I don't have little children any more so I can do this but I understand that not everyone can.)
#5. Keep a trash bin at your work level. I have two bins in my craft room but the one that is hanging from hooks on my caddy is my favorite. I am not sure on why this is so handy but it is! I think I learned this years ago when I was stamping and scrap booking and would go to stores that had events and they had trash bins hanging off the tables.
#6. Pegboards are awesome. You can store a multitude of items to have at the ready. And they can be pretty too! You can find the stencil that I used from Cutting Edge Stencils on this tutorial... http://www.hometalk.com/8836820/stenciled-peg...>
#7. Keep a threaded needle and tweezers on magnets so they are ready at a moment's notice. I am much more likely to sew something if I know the needle is already threaded and ready to go. In this picture, I have a white threaded needle and a silver threaded needle. Below this holder is another magnet with navy and black threaded needles. I keep a tweezers here for my serger mainly. I don't use my serger very often but when I do, I could never find the tweezers. Having threaded needles is not only great for crafts but also, the "Mom, I need a button sewn on." My magnet board tutorial is here http://www.hometalk.com/7971045/leaning-galle... This one is even easier than the tutorial. This one uses paint instead of wallpaper.
#8. Keep like items together in a storage tub. This tub is filled with glues and tapes and sometimes I put brads here too. My idea is this is where to find things that stick or hold things together. If you are like me and you have lots of glues, sometimes it is helpful if they are all in the same place. I have craft glue, white glue, felt glue, super glue and more.
Here is another example of one of my "kits". Not as simple as the glue kit. This one contains, sequins, glitter, dyes, sprays and seed beads. This grouping has worked really well together and it is a favorite storage bin of mine. When a project needs a little something extra or special, I can usually find it here.
#9. Use an eraser to clean felt fibers from your cutting mat. I love felt and I use it all the time but it can be messy as it sticks in crevices of the mat. An eraser will pull it out in no time.
If you need more storage area, think vertically. This is one of my favorite storage areas. I created a hutch from 2 stair treads, 2 wood crates and furniture legs and it works perfectly to store items above my sewing machine and serger. You can find the details on making this hutch here http://www.hometalk.com/28485487/how-to-take-... hope you enjoyed these and I would love to hear your favorite tips!