Get Crafty About Your Craft Storage Room

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Crafts and DIY activities can provide hours of entertainment and result in beautiful, handmade, useful products. However, depending on your craft of choice, materials can take up a lot of space and are often at risk for being haphazardly strewn across the house. Craft room storage can help bring order the chaos, whether your preferred crafting spot is your bedroom, the living room, or the kitchen counter. There’s generic craft room storage, like hollow, stackable furniture cubes, and more specific storage options, like a ribbon holder organizer or scrapbook paper storage drawers. Given that there’s around 300,000 items in the average American home, you can imagine what adding on crafting supplies does! And, if there’s little ones around, it can help the chaos keep from spreading — and small items out of inquisitive fingers and mouths.

The Popularity of Crafting

The Association for Creative Industries has research on hand that suggests within the last decade, crafting has grown in popularity, within the last decade. In 2010, under 60% of households in the United States crafted and in 2017, over 60% of American households were participating (and enjoying!) craft time. Interestingly enough, crafters these days also tend to be on the younger side of the population. Around 35% of crafters are between 18 and 34, just under 40% are between 35 and 54 and the lowest percentage (just under 30%) are 55 years of age or older.

There’s been a new turning point in our society where crafting is “cool” again and more people are getting into it. The Internet and various apps to seek out designs, how-tos, and even to sell your work have made it more accessible, fun, and profitable than ever.

And crafting can also be relaxing and satisfying — a way to wind down after a stressful day or release some creative energies. Crafting has been shown to release dopamine and The British Journal of Occupational Therapy conducted a study that showed over 80% of respondents who had depression said they felt happier after knitting.

How Can I Get My Craft Room Under Control?

If you are a dedicated crafter, whether you’re into knitting, decoupage, scrapbooking, or another type of craft, you probably have plenty of materials to work with that are tough to corral. And crafting with kids makes it even harder to ensure that everything has a place. Wall units or hanging rods can help get stuff off the floor and even have your materials double as decoration. Ribbon artfully hanging from a small part of the wall, for example, could look beautiful.

Cube storage that doubles as furniture can also help and serve multiple purposes in a small space. Store bigger or bulkier items in these cubes (such as yarn or equipment) and save the daintier items for shelves or drawers.

Don’t just toss smaller items into drawers — there are plenty of storage organizers for drawers that can help you organize small beads, feathers, pins, buttons, and more into their own cubbies. Scrapbook storage drawers can help keep your paper from wrinkling or tearing.

What are Some Other Craft Room Storage and Organization Ideas?

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed, looking at your messy craft room. One great way to start tackling the problem is to simply start cleaning out. Have other friends who craft? Start a freebie basket. If you haven’t used or touched certain materials in months, it might be a sign that it’s time to give them up.

Group like things together — a cubby for paint, a holder for thread or yarn, a pot for paintbrushes, etc. Invest in bookcases or storage cubes to bring unity to the room. Don’t be afraid to use every inch of space, including vertical space to get the job done.

You’re crafty — don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to craft room storage. By investing in some storage systems and coming up with an organizational system, you can get your craft room under control.

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