Craft room organization can be problematic. Is it just me, or do those supplies seem to multiply overnight?! During my office makeover I relocated my craft supplies to a much smaller space, which called for lots of organization and creative storage solutions. But with a few DIYs—including a pegboard that made ALL the difference—I was able to make this small space work on a budget! Keep reading to see how I squeezed a craft room into a closet and learn some tricks for making a small space work!
How I Squeezed a Craft Room Into a Closet
I’m in the process of redoing my home office. And, friends, this project was a doozy. I had to flex my creativity muscles and push my organizing skills to the limit to squeeze a craft room into a closet!
A few weeks ago, I talked about how my home office was doing triple duty as a guest room, craft room, and home office.
Triple duty does not do a room good!
You can read that first post in the series here: A New Look for My Home Office: The Plan.
Every time I walked into my office/guest room/craft room, I’d find a big, fat, overwhelming mess. There were craft supplies, work projects, household and office papers, and piles all over the room.
It looked liked I’d played 52 Card Pickup with all of my papers, projects, and supplies.
I couldn’t find anything.
And forget about actually working.
I needed a better system (and stronger separation) between the different duties of this room. And that meant cordoning off a section of the room to dedicate to my crafting.
In theory, it sounded great.
Until I rounded up aaaaaaaaall of my craft supplies…
I had enough stuff to fill TWO rooms!
This project was overwhelming at the best of times and had me pulling out my hair at the worst times, but by completing several rounds of decluttering, being intentional about how I returned supplies to the space, and experimenting with solutions until I found the perfect fit, I was able to get it done.
Here’s how I squeezed a craft room into a closet and survived! 😉
Choosing a Dedicated Crafting Space
First, I needed to choose a space specifically for crafting and craft supply storage.
The closet made the most sense, because it already had a work space (it was my desk during the office/guest room/craft room fiasco). Plus, I could put curtains or a door on the closet, so that I could leave ongoing projects out.
That was the easy part.
Next, I had to figure out how to get all of the stuff to fit in such a small space…
Squeezing a Craft Room Into a Closet
Squeezing my craft room into a closet took a few steps, some time, and a lot of work.
But it was totally worth it!
#1 DIY a Workspace
As mentioned above, a workspace was already in the closet. I used it as my desk before we nixed the guest room and moved the bed out.
But I wanted to show you how easy it is to make.
I bought a piece of White Melamine from the hardware store, and Hubs cut it down to size.
We measured the height of the desk based on my chair. Hubs screwed 5 cleats (basic 1″ x 4″ boards cut to varying lengths) into the wall at the appropriate height.
Then he screwed the Melamine into the cleats from the top.
Super easy, and it works great!
Here’s a not-so-great picture of the original workspace, but it at least gives you a visual.
#2 I Had a Decluttering & Sorting Party
I’m using the term party loosely here.
I pulled all of my craft supplies into our family room and spent an entire day getting rid of anything that I didn’t want or hadn’t used in 6 months.
But I didn’t stop there. I wasn’t going to fit everything into a closet with just that one, itty-bitty sorting!
#3 Decluttering & Sorting Party, Round 2
I sorted again based on frequency of use. This was a game changer!
Items I use every time I craft got put in one pile, and items I use less frequently but still on a regular basis were put in another pile.
I moved the items I use irregularly (but didn’t want to get rid of) to the basement.
#4 Everything in its Place
It was finally time to start putting items into the closet.
Items I use every time I craft were given a home on my work area:
- I found a compartmentalized basket in the basement and put various tools in it.
- I had a vintage loaf pan with four bins laying around and used it to store my other frequently used tools, some of the ribbon I use ALL the time, and my color reference ring.
- Although not technically ON my workspace, I used an Elfa cart from The Container Store to store cardstock, embellishments, and larger tools that I didn’t want to have on my workspace. It slides right under my desk and slides right back out again whenever I need it! (See more below.)
- The biggest purchase for this project was a stamp pad organizer, which also found a home on my work area.
Now my most frequently used items had a home, so it was time to figure out storage for the rest of the supplies.
Again, following the frequency of use “guidelines,” I placed items I use less regularly on the shelf in the closet.
I grabbed some plastic bins and organized my remaining supplies in them. I store those on the floor of the closet.
#5 Brainstorm Solutions for Problem Supplies
Now that most of my supplies had a home in my closet craft space, I realized that I had a few problem supplies. They’re problem supplies because I have a ton of them or they’re difficult to store. I put ribbon, stamp sets, cardstock & patterned paper, and embellishments into the “problem supply” category.
I did a lot of research, combed Pinterest, and bought and tried various storage items for my problem supplies.
The process was long and tedious, but SO worth it in the end!
I tried a ton of different options for my ribbon: baskets, bins, pants hangers, and more, oh my. I finally struck storage gold when I bought a pegboard and accessories that could hold my ribbon.
I sorted my ribbon by color and placed each color family on a peg attached to my lovely, turquoise pegboard.
My clear block mount stamp sets are on each side of my work desk. I love them there, because they’re within arms’ reach but still out of the way.
The wood block stamp sets I own were relocated to the bookcase closest to the closet (but technically not in the closet).
I’m still in the process of purging my stamp sets. I turned all of my stamp sets upside down, then each time I use one, I turn it right side up.
I’m giving myself 6-ish months to complete this decluttering project (depending on how much stamping I do during that time).
Cardstock & Embellishments:
The top portion of the cart can be used for hanging file storage. I used one legal hanging file for each color of cardstock that I have.
I created pretty labels for each file along with a stamped color sample, so that with a glance I can look through all of my cardstock colors.
An Elfa drawer organizer placed in the bottom drawer of the cart helped to corral my embellishments and keep them organized.
The cart works perfectly, and it slides right out from under my work table when I’m crafting!
I have a separate hanging file box that I use to hold all of my patterned paper. It’s on the floor of the closet.
I seriously have to stop buying patterned paper! *face palm*
#6 Time to Get Crafting
Now I have a dedicated crafting area in my office which means I don’t have papers and supplies mixed with other office items. And my craft supplies are no longer strung all over the room. Yay!
I can start a project and work on it over the course of several days without having to pick it up and pull it back out each time. And I can hide the ongoing project clutter with a simple slide of the closet doors.
I know where everything is and everything has a place…a serious sanity saver!
And now my office desk can function as an actual desk rather than a combo desk/craft area/paper pile holder.
And that’s how I squeezed a craft room into a closet!
This project was challenging, but I’m so glad I stuck with it and took my time to do it right. By decluttering, sorting items based on frequency of use, completing a couple of DIYs, and scouring the basement for storage items, I was able to successfully move my craft room to a much smaller space and do it on the cheap.
So, what do you think? Would you put your craft “room” in a closet?
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More Posts from the Home Office Redo:
If you enjoyed today’s post, you might also enjoy the other posts in my Home Office Makeover series!
- A New Look for My Home Office ~ The Plan
- Paint Color Sneak Peek
- DIY Home Office Command Center
- Quick & Easy DIY Desk Organizer
- Altered Feminine Curtains
- The Home Office Makeover Reveal
More Home Office Posts:
If you’re looking for more ways to organize your office, check out these posts!
- Organize Your Home Office in 8 Steps
- 3 Essential Routines for Home Office Organization
- How to Organize Absolutely Anything at Work
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