How do I create a craft closet?


I have a relatively small apartment, but it has quite a bit of closet space (five closets, which is insane--I feel pretty lucky, though I'd rather have a dishwasher). I do a lot of crafting (sewing, home decor, painting, props for theater and cosplaying, etc). I have one closet that holds most of my craft supplies, but it's a jumbled mess. It's like a dangerous Jenga puzzle with a cameo appearance by my vacuum and steam cleaner.

I'm trying to find ideas for organizing said closet/Jenga puzzle into a neater space where I can easily find the things I need. And maybe stop double-purchases. I'm a renter, so I can't do permanent fixtures, and I'm a little stuck on ideas. Do you have any? I've included a shot of part of the shame.

q how do i create a craft closet
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  • Tracy Tracy on Aug 13, 2018

    Lol fist off you cracked me up with the "cameo appearance" hahaha. Have you tried a metal rack? They sell them in different sizes at home improvement places. Just measure before you go. You can fit it in the closet and it's not permanent. Hope this helps a little.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Aug 13, 2018


    If your closet has an average depth, why not put in a couple of 5-6' tall bookshelves (24" or 32" at each side of the closet facing toward the center of the closet. Then go to the dollar store and buy some bins. Then get some easy peel labels and organize.

    Put a long shelf across between the two for an additional shelf which can be much wider and can take larger tubs/bins for items which you have the most of.

    One thing I have found that is fantastic for craft items are large clear plastic jars. My daughter saved me a bunch from her company that got snacks for the employees. WalMart has a wide selection of these!

    Then you still have the large shelf above!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 13, 2018

    How about adding these type of items? The first two hang in the closet, the red one hangs on the door.

  • ☘️ TxBella ☘️ TxBella on Aug 13, 2018

    Hi Charmice ! Lucky you ! You have a closet my whole house looks this way ! Lol

    My dear plastic totes are your friend!

    Well only for the big things .

    I suggest using shoe bags on your door and maybe one or two hanging in your closet, depending on how many smaller things you have.

    If you don’t want to buy them they’re really easy to make , I’m making some out of old blue jeans right now.

    Check out the craft dept at Walmart I found some awesome containers . They’re small but they fit a lot. And they stack!

    Some stand alone shelves might help too, rather shelf.

    Find another place ,if you can , for your vacuum and steam cleaner.

    You can also hang things , if you have garment bags , mesh laundry bags.

    I hope something here helps!


  • I'd get some cheap hanging sweater or shoe organizers and also some stackable crates. Then I would label what I could and group like items together.