Project Organization – The Craft Room

Part of our basement plan included a fantastic little craft space for me.   It quickly turned into a mound of craft supplies and other junk shoved behind two doors for the holidays.

Now that the new year is here, I was determined to get it organized so that I could do some crafting or blogging in there!  I started with some Elfa supplies that we inherited from Andrew’s late aunt.

The Mathlete used those to hang some shelves me.  Meanwhile, I started going through the piles of stuff and trying to get like items together.

Once I had my stuff in piles, I started putting the piles into plastic storage containers.  First up was the acrylic paints.
I ran into a small issue though because some paint manufacturers put the color on the lid while others {ahem, Martha} don’t.  So, I grabbed some q-tips and proceeded to make my own paint dots on the lids.
For MS paints, you can just use the little seal from the inside whenever you open them.  The result is the same.

Once I had everything in containers, I just added them to the shelves and put labels on them.
I can actually get to the little desk to sit down and work.
The labels are all from Martha Stewart and I did a combination of chalkboard labels and little brown kraft paper labels.

For smaller items, I had some of these little bins from Target hanging around that I put on a shelf too.

The top of the paper cart holds some more small items too

Now, I can find just about anything I need AND get into the craft room to actually make something.

What have you been organizing this new year?  Have any tips on keeping craft supplies organized?

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  1. I just finished creating a craft wall! Thank goodness for cute storage baskets from, wait for it…. Dollar Tree! I still have to figure out labels. I want something like a metal bordered tag.
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  2. Thanks for the inspiration, I so need to get my act together over here!
    Kim @ Plumberry Pie recently posted…Yep, Another Plant PostMy Profile

    • I just couldn’t stand looking at that room one second longer! Well, I also wanted to be able to actually get in it too. lol. Thanks for visiting.

  3. Oh my, you really had your hands full! But looking at these pics I am determined that I can do it too. I have piles of fabric that need to be organized, and I can’t seem to find the motivation. You did an amazing job though, I love see through boxes!

    I just found your blog, but I’ll definitely come back. :)

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    • I couldn’t believe all of the stuff that had been shoved into that room! There was a lot more that didn’t show in the “before” pictures. Thankfully, it is organized now so I can find things. You can definitely do it!

  4. It looks great! I’ve been doing some major reorganizing as well … this time of year makes me want to overhaul the whole house!
    Randi – Dukes and Duchesses recently posted…How to Organize Hair AccessoriesMy Profile

  5. Looks awesome! I did the exact same thing with my paints! I put the little dot on top! :)
    Tonia@thegunnysack recently posted…Ice Skating {Date} In A Jar ~ DIY Valentine’s Day GiftMy Profile

  6. So clean and fabulous. I love it! Great job!
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  7. Great transformation! I’m feeling inspired to do mine now!! Love those snap lid totes, don’t you? Nice work!

  8. This looks so good! I am a student living in a small room so my craft supplies are limited and take up every available space – I cannot wait to get a place of my own so I can have a space like this! I love the labels you used on your boxes too!
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  9. Great job! I really need to work on mine!
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  10. I am seriously jealous of that craft space and the organization there! I get so frustrated that I ended up scrapping my crafty projects lately because my space is such a disaster. It’s next on my list of things to tackle!
    Jen @ Cuddles and Chaos recently posted…DIY Glitter Heart HeadbandMy Profile

  11. Hi Shannah! I’m visiting over from Wildly Original. I really LOVE what you did with your little craft area. I have one myself that looks a lot like your “before” pictures…thankfully it’s behind closed doors! Your acrylic paints look so neat and organized. I love your idea of putting the paint color on top. That’s one of those “Duh” things….why didn’t I think of that? Love the containers, the labels, your desk, everything! You did a great job! Doesn’t it feel good? I’ll bet you love being in there now. I know I would. So glad you shared!

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  12. I love an organizational project!

  13. These photo’s are really inspiring. I thought my sewing room was beyond but you have given me hope…
    thank you for your awesome inspiration!

    hugs x

  14. Just popping by from Truly Lovely, great craft room! I love seeing how others organize their stuff as I’m always re-organizing mine!
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  15. Great job! Looks amazing!! Stopping by from Truly Lovely linky party. I am your newest follower & here is what I shared this week:
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  16. Great job! This looks super awesome! I have the same problem with my craft area (it is just piles of craft stuff because it is a new space) so I need to work on organizing too. Thanks for the inspiration!
    I would love it if you would share this (and anything else you have been working on) at my linky party!

  17. My craft room so needs an overhaul. Thanks for the inspiration!
    I just started a new Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party on my blog this week – would love to have you stop by and share!

  18. Wow I’m super jealous of your organization skills! Great job :) My craft stuff looks like a tornado just blew it all over a room.. I’ve definitely got to get started on it :)
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  19. Well now your all sorted would you like to do mine :) It looks great, I love the tip about the paint very good idea.
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  20. What a wonderful area to work in. I love the labels too. So great looking. I recently organized my room and I need
    to label things because now that I have them in baskets, and cupboards I don’t remember where I put everything! Hahaha
    Anyhoo….great inspiration. YOu did such a great job.

  21. Congratulations Shannah! You won my Let’s Get Organized Party and a $50 gift certificate to Lowes. Just send me your email so I can get it to you (thethriftyhome(at)gmail(dot)com
    I love all of your labels and bins, great job!
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