Happy New Year, folks!
The new year is always about re-organizing and living a healthier life, and so here's a new and improved guide to craft organization!
Before we dive in, here's a little blast from the past! In 2016 I gave my first craft room tour on the blog. My craft room used to be a 10x10 space, where 5x10 was dedicated to my craft room, and 5x10 was my husband's office space. (Ok, my space was more like 7x10 and he only had a little desk in the corner of the room.)
Well, that and giving up this room to my son.
Then, when I relocated everything to my master bedroom in 2018, the new shelving units and such got displaced and most other things ended up in my closet. It doesn't look it from the photo, but it was a hot mess behind-the-scenes for the surplus items. My husband was quite a champ for not minding all of the knitting dominating our BEDroom.
|2018-2019 craft space|
And then we moved into our current house April of 2020 and I claimed the main-level office with the nice bay window for my new craft room. I will be re-painting the unappealing cottage-yellow walls eventually. I am still undecided on the color...
|Current craft space|
So thus starts the new tour! Please keep in mind that I have been collecting and upgrading since I started knitting in 18 years ago, and this post is 100% UN-SPONSORED. I just hope this post gives you ideas on how to organize your craft space if you have been struggling (like I have) over the years. I think this system works out very well.
YARN & FIBER STORAGE:
Another discount shop hunt for you: fancy chest boxes. I have this France trunk that I purchased at Ross a number of years ago. It serves as decoration and on a functional level if you do not have a lot of dresser-drawer room left in your bedroom. You'd obviously want a larger trunk or such for hats, shawls, etc. This is an old picture, and since then I have out-grown this chest. I think it will become my hat chest soon.
Circular Needle Storage:
For a while, I was storing my circular needles in pencil pouches organized by size in a large binder. While it can work for some people, it never worked out in the long-run because I had too many and the binder wouldn't close properly.
Then one day I saw this item at a store and realized what I have been needing my whole knitting life...a photo storage case!
You can find 4x6 photo cases on Amazon, but I purchased this one at a discount store called "Tuesday Morning" for only $12 bucks! Sold.
Full disclaimer: they don't store the bulkiest of needle sizes very well, but I only use them once every 5+ years, so I am fine storing the needle sizes that I actually use, and keep the others in those pencil pouches somewhere else until that blue moon rises.
You can certainly sharpie the size onto the case, but a label maker (I purchased this Dymo label maker at Walgreens a few years back) works wonders, and if you have to re-organize you can just take off the sticker.
Now get that label maker out for this too! Behold, a dpn organizer!
It's actually a pencil/marker organizer, but I purchased it for about $15 on Amazon.
I label both the US and metric sizes on the same label. Another great idea is to store your needle gauges next to organizers like these.
Straight Needle Storage:
Goodness, I bought this decorative wine holder at Michaels back in 2003 or something, and it has survived all this time--childhood room, college, first apartment, first house, our current house...
You can always store them in sewn needle holders, but I don't like to clutter up my wall space anymore.
NOTIONS, TOOLS and all other craft organization STORAGE:
Basically, this entire section of the post is one giant "store as much as you can away in clear plastic cases!"
For odds-and-ends sewing supplies, stack-able containers work well.