Getting Organized

Simple, inexpensive organization tips from the Queen of Crafts.
Related To:

If you're like Carol Duvall, host of HGTV's The Carol Duvall Show, and have been crafting for years, you've learned how important it is to organize all your craft supplies. Here are some of the ideas that Carol incorporated in her own organizing scheme:

  • A hollow, honeycombed door purchased at a homebuilding supply center for less than $20 is now Carol's work desk. It is painted black and is half covered with part of a dressmaker's/quilter's cutting board. It is supported by three stacked plastic cartons that were found at a discount store. Two of Carol's other work surfaces are also doors.
  • Shoeboxes are great for storage and can be obtained free from most shoe stores. (There's no need to buy shoes — just ask for the empty boxes.) It's even better if you can get a bunch of matching boxes to give some uniformity to your area. Cover them with Con-Tact paper and label them, and they'll look as grand as any commercial products. If you'd rather not use all that Con-Tact paper, just cover the visible front panel.

  • Since the ceiling in Carol's office is made up of individual acoustical tiles, it's easy to push the tiles up far enough to hang an S-shaped wire over the metal crossbars. The baskets hang on the other end of the wire. Carol made the hanging hooks by cutting lengths of coat hangers and shaping them.

  • All the rolls of ribbon Carol has collected now hang on an expandable rod in the window.

  • Transparent plastic boxes were purchased for 99 cents each at a local discount store and then labeled and stacked next to her main desk. They hold everything from stickers and punches to glitter and small tools.

  • Below the rows of shoeboxes are two lengths of 2" by 2" wood, which were covered with checkerboard Con-Tact paper and then screwed to the wall. They make excellent small shelves to hold bottles of paint and glue.

  • Shoeboxes also work well for all those small supplies that can get to be such a jumble. If these boxes will be placed on shelves and not stacked on top of one another, you can make them look like the commercial kind that are cut down in front so you can see into them more easily, as indicated.

  • Carol no longer has to dig for a particular type of marker. Foam dividers in the shoe boxes separate the felt tips from the metallic and the washable from the permanent.
Keep Reading

Next Up

Great Tips for Garage Organization

Get your garage in order with these easy spring cleaning tips.

10 Essential Steps for Getting Your Vegetable Garden Prepped for a New Season

Get your veggie garden ready for the new growing season with these 10 easy tips.

6 Chic Kitchen Organization and Storage Ideas

Tried-and-true tips to cut the kitchen chaos.

Roofing Component Basics

Roofing terminology can be a bit overwhelming. DIY Network offers basic roofing definitions that will help get your project off on the right foot.

Components of a House Frame

Learn about the different components that make up typical house framing.

Workshop Organization

The key to working efficiently in a workshop is having a good system of organization for tools and materials. Here are some suggestions for organization and efficiency in a workshop.

Get Social With Us

We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.

Consult Our A-Z Guide

Everything You Need to Know

Browse a full list of topics found on the site, from accessories to mudrooms to wreaths.  

How-To Advice and Videos

Get video instructions about kitchens, bathrooms, remodeling, flooring, painting and more.

Watch DIY Downloads Now

Watch DIY Network LIVE

Don't miss your favorite shows in real time online.