Have you ever noticed how clutter,
mess, and disorganization effects the way you feel?
Having too much stuff, or stuff without order, creates
an unsettled atmosphere. Very few can shut out the chaos
around them without being affected by it. Seeing things
that need to be done while trying to work keeps your
mind from being able to focus on the task at hand. Organizing
your crafting space will make your creative work more
pleasant, effective, and time efficient.
Where do you start? The first thing you must do is
empty out the room you want to organize. This is especially
important if the space is small. A cleared room is as
full as creative possibility as an empty canvas. As
you pull out drawers and sift through supplies you will
need another area to put everything. If the weather
is nice, take it outside. The next step is to categorize
and sort your supplies. Group like items together in
plastic bins, on a tarp on the ground, or just in piles.
Identifying each pile with a sign is helpful if you
have a lot of stuff. Use whatever system makes sense
to you. When I organized my kitchen drawers I put all
wooden tools together- wooden handled rubber spatulas,
citrus juicer, toast tongs, etc. This made sense to
me because they had something in common and were all
relatively the same size. Do what makes sense to you
because it is your space.
Storage containers are important to
keeping your space orderly. I recommend purchasing several
different sizes to accommodate a variety of crafting
supplies. You never know. You might be inspired while
sorting and realize you bought the perfect container
for a particular need. Clear containers have a lot of
benefits. The most obvious is that you can see what’s
in them. Also, they are available in many stores. Because
there are so many sizes and shapes, you can organize
your entire space with them. Coordinating in this way
adds to the overall feeling of calm. Particularly with
crafts, having a container with several sections or
dividers is helpful. They are small enough for a drawer
and keep all those little pieces in one location. I
have one with all my different needles in it. I keep
the machine, hand sewing and knitting needles all in
one spot. On the outside of the box I taped my needle
guide and it serves as a label for the box as well as
an easy reference.
The last item to fixing up your craft
space is shelving. Storage boxes and containers will
fit nicely stacked on shelves. You will be able to find
shelves in every shape and size to accommodate your
personal space. Your supplies should be easy to see
and to get to.
Next time you walk into your space
you will feel calm and your mind will be free to focus
on your craft project not your chaotic space.
Francesca Black is a craft fanatic she has contributed
articles to: Craft Kits http://www.craft-kits.net
and Bonsai Garden http://www.bonsai-garden.com