Spring Cleaning for an Organized Craft Space

Spring Cleaning for an Organized Craft Space




May 1, 2015 By OLFA Creates
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Spring Cleaning for an Organized Craft Space

May 1, 2015 By OLFA Creates

Spring has sprung and it’s time to tidy up. That includes your craft space, which probably needs a refresh after busy months of sewing, quilting and projects! Whether you’re an experienced artisan or a novice crafter getting hooked on a new hobby, a little organization in your space will make crafting more efficient and enjoyable.

 

Spring cleaning sounds daunting, but we aim to take the chore out of it with helpful tips for a neat, orderly and functional crafting space.

CLEAR OUT THE CUPBOARDS

If you’ve been crafting for a while, and have a few projects under your belt, it’s probably time to take inventory and eliminate space takers. It can be hard to toss out all of those odds, ends, scraps and gadgets you know could be handy someday. All those extras add to the clutter. Check out these tips to help make the difficult decisions:

 

FOR KEEPS. There are a lot of items that you absolutely must keep. These are the things you love and would be lost without. Set these aside for later.
LET IT GO. There are some things that are just worn out or haven’t been used. If it’s seen years of action and abuse, it may be time to replace. Did someone say OLFA rotary cutters and self-healing mats? For the things that just have gone unused year after year, time to say good-bye. If it is too good to toss…
DONATE USABLES. Spare fabrics, lightly used gadgets, old stamps or papers always seem useful, but if you’ve completed your project, or have moved on to new crafting passions, donate the extras to a local quilting circle, thrift store, school or Scout group. Many of these groups can find new uses for these things. Get inspired with ideas from NEW LIFE FOR OLD BLADES AND MATS.

KEEP IT CONTAINED

Once you’ve decided what’s staying, it’s time to put everything in a place. First things first. Designate a spot for everything. Here are some things to consider when you’re deciding how to organize:

 

SIZE UP THE SITUATION. Storing items in properly sized containers is the key to getting—and keeping—your supplies organized. Choose small containers for small things like stickers, buttons or jewelry-making supplies. It will keep them from getting lost. Store larger items, or easily organized items like fabric and paper, in roomy containers. Don’t forget that shape can be important. Stackable containers like Snapware Snap ‘N Stack and Home Storage containers work together and can be incredibly helpful.
CORRAL ESSENTIALS. Clear storage is great because it lets you see what goes where. It also lets you know at a glance when you’re running low on supplies and should restock. However, if you’re looking for something with a little more personality (this is your crafting space, after all), whip up some of these PAPER-COVERED STACKING STORAGE BOXES. Things like ribbon can be extra tricky to keep corralled. Give a handy SNAPWARE® SNAP ‘N STACK® SEASONAL 6″ X 9″ RIBBON DISPENSER a try.
CALL IT WHAT IT IS. Labeling your supplies will make finding them quick and easy. This is especially important if you don’t have clear containers. You can make permanent labels, or if you want something more trendy and personalized, try chalkboard labels.

Having a neat and tidy work area will leave you feeling inspired. That means more time for things like scrapbooking retreats, quilting clubs or craft fairs. And, if you’re on the go, try this fun Tool Tote project that keeps things organized and portable, even when on the go.

 

YOUR TURN: What craft organizing tips would you like to share?

 

Spring Cleaning for an Organized Craft Space

May 1, 2015 By OLFA Creates