Craft room organizing products are big business, but you don’t have to spend big dollars to get your project clutter under control. Some of the best organizing tools are inexpensive and may already be in your house.
We’ve talked about using notebooks to tame paper (if you missed that post, you can check out my ode to notebooks here), so today we’re going to cover a few other back-to-basics powerhouses.
Manila Envelopes –Ever tried to get a sewing pattern back into that envelope after you’ve cut it? Not going to happen. Try putting that pattern into a 9×12 manila envelope instead. You can attach the original pattern envelope to the manila one and easily know what design is inside. Manila envelopes are great to use when you don’t have enough material to fill a notebook, you don’t need to access the items frequently, or the items you want to contain are odd sizes. Craft room uses include:
- Sewing patterns
- Instruction collections (I keep separate envelopes for Christmas crafts, crocheted baby blanket instructions, knitted garment instructions, etc.)
Hint: Try storing your envelopes in a magazine holder. These holders are inexpensive, portable, and can be used anywhere – desk, bookcase, closet shelf.
2-Gallon Freezer Bags – If you’re a scrapbooker, these bags are your best friends. Made by both Hefty and Ziplock, these bags are large enough to hold a 12×12 sheet of paper and all the pictures, stickers, and memorabilia your have for your page. Use these bags to organize your memorabilia. Then, when you are ready to do some pages, simply grab a bag, and everything you need is already inside. Craft room uses for freezer bags include:
- Small sewing and needlework projects
- Ribbon collections (when they are off the spool)
Hint: Store these large freezer bags in a portable hanging file. I use a plastic “milk-crate” style holder with legal size hanging files. (Large freezer bags are too wide to fit in the standard letter size hanging files.) This will keep your bags in order and let you easily find the ones you need.
Shoe Boxes – Although featured in organizing stores, many people still only use shoeboxes to hold their shoes or miscellaneous junk. They can do so much more! I’ve used shoeboxes all over my house, but in the craft room they keep my project tools together. I have separate boxes for seed collecting, herb drying, wood-burning, needlework embellishments, computer accessories, and more. Shoeboxes can be purchased in many styles, colors, and see-through options, but don’t overlook the boxes that come into your house for free. Any clean, sturdy box that can easily be opened and closed will do.
Simplicity Tip of the Day – Finish using what you have to do a job before buying anything new. This practice will encourage you to purchase wisely and find new ways to use the items you already own.