Get Organized! How to Store Your Crafts in a Small Storage Space

Find new ways to organize craft, sewing and art supplies.

Is your craft storage space limited? If so, you're a lot like me. I've relegated all of my crafting materials into a small closet in my home, and embraced ways to organize efficiently and effectively. Keep reading to get tips on how you can take advantage of a small space, and simplify how your crafting materials and tools are stored.

How to Organize a Small Craft Closet

How to Organize a Small Craft Closet

Learn tips for keeping a small craft closet consolidated and organized.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

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When it comes to organizing a closet for craft storage, I find that aesthetics can go out the window. Use clear or semi-transparent storage boxes to store items – it may not look as nice as using colorful boxes with lids, but it will save you time if you're looking for a particular something. Canning jars are convenient and inexpensive too, or you can clean and recycle any glass jars for small item craft storage too.

Use Open Containers, Too

Keep the organization of everyday items easier with open containers. A pegboard with adjustable baskets is an easy solution, as is a cork board with open containers attached (like my Chinese food takeout containers). Your small items like hot glue, markers, rubber bands, magnets and loose stamps will be right at home here.

How to Organize a Small Craft Closet

How to Organize a Small Craft Closet

Learn tips for keeping a small craft closet consolidated and organized.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

If you have shelf space, upcycle old muffin tins for smaller items.

Muffin Pan Organizer

Muffin Pan Organizer

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Heather Dutton

Photo courtesy of Heather Dutton

Store Papers Vertically

Use magazine racks to store construction paper or scrapbooking paper upright. I find it easier to thumb through color options when they're stored this way, rather than keeping papers in a stack on a shelf.

If you need space for rolls of craft paper or wrapping paper, store them on end upright in a small basket.

Store Wrapping Paper in a Wastebasket

Store Wrapping Paper in a Wastebasket

Corral wrapping paper with this easy DIY wastebasket transformation from Crystal Sixta of My Blissful Space. A coat of spray paint gives any design-challenged trash bin a new life as a holiday organizer. Plus, this bin is portable when it's time to wrap gifts.

Photo by: Crystal Sixta

Label Everything

Labeling drawers and bins is a practical way of sorting products. I like to flag the bigger bins for broader storage. It has always been convenient for my family to store every roll of tape in the house in one single place, from functional clear packing tape to decorative washi.

How to Organize a Small Craft Closet

How to Organize a Small Craft Closet

Learn tips for keeping a small craft closet consolidated and organized.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

It's easier to keep all of my sewing materials together too, and within the bigger drawer I even have a smaller container to contain all of my sewing thread. When it's time to do a sewing project, I can pull the main drawer out entirely, and have everything I need in one bin.

I love having a scrap drawer. A catch-all for my crafty leftovers. A place to toss that last two feet of pink yarn, that crumbled piece of tissue paper, or leftover oven-bake clay from my latest project. Best of all, the kids know that it's free for the taking, and will help themselves. Yarn becomes a new leash for the stuffed doggie, the tissue paper is torn, crumpled, and glued onto the artful masterpiece of the weekend, and the clay is formed into a DIY necklace pendant.

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For the Closet: Not Just for Photos

Photo boxes are an extremely inexpensive option for versatile storage. Look for them on sale at craft stores, and then stock up. Here, they’re used in a bathroom closet for extra supplies, like razors, toothbrushes and travel-size toiletries. Get more closet organizing + storage tips.

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For the Closet: Add Bonus Storage Drawers

Plastic storage drawers can add tons of organization to any space. In a linen closet, use them to corral wash clothes and hand towels. The sturdy drawers also help piles of bath towels stay neat and upright on each side. Get more closet organizing + storage tips.

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For the Bathroom: Put Cabinet Doors to Work

Inexpensive BYGEL containers from IKEA are more versatile than you may think. They can add convenient storage to the back of any cabinet door! Hanging them with Command strips makes them temporary with no damage to your cabinet. Get more bathroom organizing + storage tips.

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For the Bathroom: Spice Up Your Storage

Spice shelves aren’t just for the kitchen! Grab a tiered spice rack and load it with beauty supplies under your bathroom sink. You’ll never have to hunt for hairspray again. Get more bathroom organizing + storage tips.

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For the Kitchen: Clever Clothespin Hack

This is the least expensive storage solution ever! Attach clothespins to the inside of a cabinet with super glue gel. The clothespins are the perfect place to store dish gloves. Get more under-the-sink organizing + storage tips.

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For the Kitchen: Cabinet Message Board

Use chalkboard vinyl or paint to create a message board on the back of a cabinet door. It’s a great place to leave notes for pet or house sitters! Get more pet supply organizing + storage tips.

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For the Pantry: Consistency Is Key

Buying dry goods in bulk saves money, and storing dry goods in matching containers saves space. Adding labels lets everyone in the family know what’s inside. Get more pantry organizing + storage tips.

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For the Pantry: Glam Up Basic Bins

Spray paint made for plastic can give dollar store bins a more expensive metal look. Once the bins are dry, add labels for a perfectly organized pantry. Get more pantry organizing + storage tips.

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For the Pantry: Corral Coffee Supplies

Trays are a great tool to unify separate items into one organized and pretty grouping. Create a coffee station to make mornings easy for house guests and to spoil yourself every day. Get more pantry organizing + storage tips.

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For the Home Gym: Display Your Gear

Pegboards are great tools for organizing because they take a mishmash of items and turn them into one unified display. Think outside the garage and use pegboards inside the house in unique spaces – like a mini-home gym in front of your exercise equipment. Get more home gym organizing + storage tips.

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For the Home Office: Contain Paper Clutter

Keep your office organized by creating a magazine file for catalogs you want to keep for later reference, and another for incoming new magazines. It keeps the magazine clutter out of the rest of the house, and if it’s in the file, you know you haven’t read it yet. Get more home office organizing + storage tips.

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For the Home Office: Take Advantage of Walls

In the home office, IKEA wall files keep your high-use folders nearby. They’re also perfect if you don’t have the space (or budget) for a file cabinet. Get more home office organizing + storage tips.

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For the Laundry Room: Make a Lint Bin

Is your laundry room or closet too small for a traditional trash can? Repurpose an outdoor literature holder into a wall-mounted trash can for lint, clothing tags and receipts that get left in pockets. Get tips for making your own laundry room lint bin.

Photo By: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

For the Garage: Choose Versatile Cubes

In the garage, IKEA KALLAX cubes create tons of inexpensive storage. Mount them to wall and add labeled storage bins so you can always find what you need. Get more garage organizing + storage tips.

Photo By: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

Organize Fabric on Hangers

Keep extra fabric in check with the help of hangers. Folding and hanging fabric will help it stay wrinkle-free, and you'll always be able to see what inventory you have to work with. Use pants hangers to pinch, or traditional, sturdy wooden hangers to drape.

How to Organize a Small Craft Closet

How to Organize a Small Craft Closet

Learn tips for keeping a small craft closet consolidated and organized.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

Keep Tools at Your Fingertips

It's convenient to keep your most used hand tools in the most accessible location. For me, my scissors and utility blades are each used at least once a week, so I used two strips of 2" Velcro to create a craft holster.

How to Organize a Small Craft Closet

How to Organize a Small Craft Closet

Learn tips for keeping a small craft closet consolidated and organized.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

It's made of Velcro, that's right. The product I used is backed with adhesive, which is strong enough to attach to the wall. A slightly longer piece was cut and positioned on top, creating waves wide enough to corral items. It's adjustable, so if I ever want to swap in a different tool, I can just shift how the waves of Velcro are positioned. To dress up the outward facing side, I affixed a piece of ribbon to the adhesive.

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