Organizing Craft Supplies

So I have these shelves…

…they hold tons of stuff, but honestly, there’s no order to any of it and that makes me nuts. Looking for a needle? Yeah, well, it’s in there somewhere. I really hate that. Why have stuff if you can’t ever find it?

I thought about it for awhile, and came to the conclusion that the reason for the frustration is that all the containers are different shapes and sizes, none are labeled and they’re just stuffed on the shelf–with no rhyme or reason other than they fit there.

I decided that I would see what I could do to clean all this up and gave myself a $30 budget to do it with.

Walmart is having a good deal on their storage bins and tubs right now–a January thing, I suppose. The shoe boxes were $1 a piece and I bought 20. The small 3 drawer bin was $6 and the 2 small craft sorters were about $1.60 each. That equals $29.20 plus tax. Not bad.

It took most of the day to sort all this stuff, but it was actually fun to see what supplies I have and then to give them all a place. I couldn’t believe how many packages of needles I have socked away. I’m always afraid I won’t be able to find one when I need it, so just I buy more. Sheesh…

I don’t have labels on any of the boxes yet, but since they are clear, I can tell what is in them anyway, so no big rush. This looks even better in real life, because even all the tiny things have a home. Now if I find a button on the floor, I know just where it goes.

Oh, and besides these shelves, I also have this squishy, sweet, smiling baby with a dinosaur on her head—from Aunt April.  She needs a kiss.

I have to go… :]

New Year’s Goal #7– I will organize my stuff so that everything has it’s own place. What I can’t make fit I will get rid of…somehow.

11 Replies to “Organizing Craft Supplies”

  1. NICE! I love how things look after being organized. Doesn’t it just make you want to stand there and stare at all those beautiful bins?

  2. HELLO! That is the cutest headband I have every seen! It still doesn’t do Kensington justice though. I could just nibble on her nose. 😉

  3. Help!!! I’m just like you. I know I have something, but can’t find it, so I buy more. I seriously need to organize as well. Maybe this weekend (if my husband has any say in the matter). He’s been bugging me for weeks to organize (clean out) my craft/ebay area in the garage so he can finish making his home theater. It seems my area just became smaller. So I better organize or I may lose every inch I have been granted.

    P.S. Baby Kensington is so dang CUTE!!!! Love the headband!

  4. I am overwhelmed not by crafts, but by school/family history stuff. I have no idea what I should keep or toss… so it just sits there. Help.

  5. I am impressed at your resolve – I always SAY I’ll do this and it’s yet to be done. Perhaps I’ll go to Walmart and get some bins myself. They were really only $1.00 a piece? Definitely the way to go!! Looks great! (And Kensington is a DOLL!!)

  6. Well, that’s the thing. I always want to do something and even go so far as to plan it out–but then other things get in the way. But this time I pulled everything off the shelf and bought the boxes. Putting everything back in a more orderly way was really fun.

  7. Sooo when is Extreme Home Makeover: Organize Edition coming to my room??? 😉

    This looks great!!! Good work Mom!!!

    Oh and HOW I love that headband on my little squishy baby!!! Thanks April!!!

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